The Boston, Mass., planning firm Goody Clancy has been given the nod to develop a new Downtown Master Plan for Asheville. The master plan, which will build on the existing City Center Plan of 2002, is intended to offer a sustainable-growth guide for the next 10 years in the downtown area. Goody Clancy was picked from the six top teams on the list of finalists considered by the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Panel — made up of city and county staff and members of the Downtown Commission.
The firm’s proposal to the city included team members Mary Means and Associates of Alexandria, Va. (creator of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program), national transportation consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates (associated with past Asheville projects) and the Asheville-based Heritage Directions (specializing in economic development and cultural heritage). Noting “the energy of downtown Asheville today,” Goody Clancy’s proposal to the city declared that a new plan should honor the city’s “unique character,” attracting new investment, residents and visitors while creating a sustainable environment (see “Coming Soon to a Downtown Near You,” Xpress, Dec. 19, 2007).
Scope of work and a contract with the firm will be developed this month, with an anticipated authorization resolution to go to City Council in early March.
The full text of the city’s announcement of the decision is below.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2008
City of Asheville
Office of Economic Development/General Administration Department
Contact: Stephanie Monson, Urban Planner for Economic Development
Day: (828) 232 4502
Background information: go to www.ashevillenc.gov; choose ‘Projects and
Initiatives’ on the left hand menu; click on ‘Downtown Master Plan RFQ’.
Goody Clancy listed as top ranked firm for
City of Asheville’s Downtown Master Plan
At the regular meeting of the Downtown Commission this morning, newly hired
Downtown Master Plan Project Manager Sasha Vrtunski announced that the
Downtown Master Plan Advisory Panel, made up of City and County staff and
members of the Downtown Commission, has listed the Goody Clancy team from
Boston, Massachusetts as the top ranked firm. Negotiations with the Goody Clancy
have begun and staff expects to develop the scope of work and execute a contract
In addition to being a highly qualified and award winning firm, Goody Clancy is
partnering with team members whose skills and experience are extraordinarily well
suited for this project, including:
An economic development specialist of cultural heritage who is an Asheville resident;
the creator of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program; and
transportation consultants who have a successful track record working with the City
of Asheville’s Engineering department on large projects. The advisory panel projects
this team will deliver a detailed, comprehensive and practical planning document to
guide the growth of the downtown area over the next ten years.
Asheville City Council will consider a resolution regarding authorization to execute a
contract with Goody Clancy at their February 19th meeting. If Council approves the
authorization, expect to see intense, comprehensive public outreach start this spring.
The Downtown Master Plan is an initiative proposed by the Asheville Downtown
Commission; The Downtown Commission hopes that the plan will help citizens,
elected officials, and City and County staff more clearly address the most pressing
issues facing downtown today.
For more information on the Downtown Master Plan process, email Sasha Vrtunski at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Vrtunski at 828-232-4599