A potential street closure between Coxe and Ashland avenues has drawn the ire of bicyclers, pedestrians and other greenway proponents because it would break up the connectivity of a citywide greenway project.
Street closures are typically handled with little fanfare or controversy, but the closure of Wallack Street, as requested by neighboring property owners, has attracted extra attention because the street lies within the Greenway Master Plan.
According to a city staff report, the Greenway Commission voted in November to recommend denial of the closure.
The issue is scheduled to appear before Asheville City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 10, meeting. A public hearing was held in December, but Council deliberation has been delayed twice in order for Council members to receive more information on the matter from city staff.
Also, in the realm of “New Business,” Council member Carl Mumpower is up in arms about new city signs near City/County Plaza that are written in English and Spanish. Mumpower has requested that the signs only appear in English.
Council also plans to hear a report on the city’s annual audit and deliberate adopting its 2009 Strategic Operating Plan.
City Council meets at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. For the complete agenda, go here.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer