Asheville City Council preview: rezoning requests and budget amendments

At tonight’s Oct. 23 meeting, Asheville City Council will consider two rezoning requests about two very different things — a private school and a bicycle taxi service.

The New Classical Academy, which is currently located in Weaverville, wants to move its educational operations to West Asheville, specifically to the 1.91 acre lot at 671 Sand Hill Road. To do this, the school has asked for the city to rezone the property from multi-family residential to institutional. According to a staff report, the K-8 school currently has an enrollment of 40 students and would like to eventually grow to a maximum of 60 students.

Asheville Bike Taxi, a proposed pedal bicycle taxi service, is pushing for the chance to provide a bicycle taxi service in Montford, the River Arts District and downtown Asheville. However, there are certain conditions that have been recommended to Council in a staff report. Bicycle taxis would not be able to go faster than 35 mph except for the section of Clingman Avenue that provides access to the River Arts District.  Hours of operation would be limited to 9 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Monday through Friday, and between 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also on the evening’s agenda, Council will consider a request that would allow for the early release of $300,000 for the Eagle Market Place project, a partnership project between Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and Mountain Housing Opportunities that plans to provide both affordable housing and commercial space.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd will be live-tweeting the meeting.

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