People in the Oakley community are raising concerns about a new 300-plus-unit apartment complex planned for the East Asheville neighborhood, expressing worries about everything from potential traffic and safety issues to the fact that only 10 of the development’s planned residential units — which are nearly all rental properties — are designated as affordable housing.
The billowing local debates over affordable housing and pedestrian safety are pivoting toward a long overlooked section of West Asheville. A proposal for a major new apartment complex at the corner of Hazel Mill Road and Clayton Avenue just north of Patton Avenue is steering the discussion.
Amid a range of escalating controversies, an independent audit, and a restructuring of the department, Asheville Police Chief William Anderson announced Nov. 14 that he will retire.
Asheville City Council will hold a pair of public hearings on zoning requests Nov. 11. Potentially the most controversial is a conditional zoning request to allow a developer to build a new private street and subdivision at the corner of South Charlotte and Hazzard streets.
Asheville City Council voted unanimously Oct. 28 to sell the naming rights of an outdoor public space in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation. Council also considered problems at the Asheville Police Department, heard an update from Duke Energy, and appointed three members to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mayor Esther Manheimer delivered the annual State of the City address Oct. 1, presenting a vision for driving growth in Asheville through community engagement and infrastructure investments.
Asheville’s busking community came out in force Sept. 22 to urge city government not to place new restrictions on street performances.
Local development group Public Interest Projects is hoping to build 32 apartments and a new commercial space at 56 S. Lexington Avenue, a downtown property behind the Aloft Asheville Hotel.
Opposing priorities between Asheville and state government took center stage Aug. 27, as Asheville City Council heard an update on recent actions by the General Assembly and approved a list of actions it would like lawmakers to take next year.
On Aug. 26, Asheville City Council will consider providing a roughly $764,000 incentive package to developers of the RAD Lofts, a mixed use development planned for the intersection of Roberts Street and Clingman Extension. In exchange, owners would provide 198 units of workforce housing and 11 units of affordable housing. The project would also encompass […]
Asheville has constructed about 18 miles of new sidewalks since 2006, but that’s a far cry from what advocates say is needed to improve pedestrian safety in the city’s neighborhoods. A new report released by city government shows that it’s fallen well short of its goal of building 108 miles of sidewalk. A 5-year $132 […]
The city of Asheville is soliciting applications to serve on a pair of its most powerful volunteer agencies.
The so-called “parking-gate” saga continued Aug. 12, as Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell and Buncombe County Commissioner took to the airwaves to spar.
After months of debate, Asheville City Council voted unanimously July 22 to approve a controversial new leasing arrangement for Pack Place and it’s tenants: Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and Colburn Earth Science Museum.
If a human being were forced into a physical contest with a lion, a tiger, or a bear (oh my), the result would be unlikely to favor the human. Nevertheless, in a world of lions and tigers and bears, human beings sit atop the food chain. Why? Because humans adapt. The human species owes its […]
After months of debate, Asheville City Council is preparing to decide the fate of who will manage Pack Place on July 22. Council will also consider the Asheville Police Department’s new Strategic Operations Plan.
Asheville City Council unanimously approved a $147 million budget June 24, holding the property tax rate steady and committing to major new pedestrian infrastructure projects such as sidewalks and greenways.
Amid allegations of cheating, Marc Hunt was declared the winner of the “Crosstown Rumbler,” a May 20 race that pitted members of Asheville City Council against each other as they biked, bussed, and drove from the UNCA campus to city hall.
About 50 local leaders took a bicycle tour of the River Arts District May 19, rolling through an area that is set “to transform” into a center of multimodal transit, recreation and commerce, said Stephanie Monson, riverfront redevelopment coordinator for the city of Asheville.
Only one public hearing is scheduled for next week’s Asheville City Council — an appeal against a plan to demolish an existing two-story building at 35 Battery Park Ave. and replace it with a 12-story hotel complex with ground floor retail space. Gary Davis, attorney, raised concerns with the review process of the Cambria Suites […]
Asheville City Council will consider an ordinance next week aimed at attacking the city’s problem with graffiti. The Council will consider tougher penalties for the perpetrators while making property owners responsible for cleanup. The ordinance calls for a three-way approach to dealing with the issue: education, enforcement and rapid removal. A city staff recommendation would […]