There has been no shortage of stances in the I-26 connector debate. Resolutions have been passed, endorsements made. Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have supported the option known as Alternative 3. Asheville City Council and several community groups and developers have backed the Asheville Design Center-initiated Alternative 4b. (See Xpress ongoing […]
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has modified the Alternative 3 plan for the Interstate 26 connector. The new plan, if adopted, would demolish fewer homes — seven instead of 25 — in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood.
Amid questions and calls from audience members to come to an agreement, including one to end “this bulls**t,” Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Lutovsky squared off at a Jan. 28 Leadership Asheville Forum debate over different plans for the controversial Interstate 26 connector. Which way forward?: […]
The Asheville Design Center (ADC), which has been involved voluntarily with the work on the I-26 project since 2006, anticipates that the N.C. Department of Transportation will vote soon to include Alternate 4b in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). When this happens, we will have better data available to plan and communicate changes that will […]
Cecil Bothwell, who recently announced his candidacy for Asheville City Council, is calling for a demonstration outside Wednesday’s I-26 debate at the Buncombe County Board of Education.
Two ardent supporters of two very different plans for the controversial I-26 connector, Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Lutovsky, will make their cases on Wednesday at an Asheville Leadership Forum luncheon.
In a tense 3-2 vote at their Jan. 6 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners endorsed alternative 3, a controversial route for the Interstate 26 connector through Asheville. “My late grandfather worked hard for that home”: Burton Street resident Stephen Waters, who said he will lose his family home if Alternative 3 is selected, […]
In a tense 3-2 vote, Buncombe County commissioners Tuesday night voted for the route known as Alternative 3 for the Interstate 26 Connector route through Asheville.
A report by former Asheville planning director Scott Shuford comparing the impact of I-26 connector alternatives says the plan drafted by the Asheville Design Center will have the most overall impact on several surrounding areas.
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Lutovsky told Xpress today that despite concerns raised about the Alternative 3 proposal for the I-26 connector, he still feels it is “best for the community in general” and superior to the Asheville Design Center’s Alternative 4b.
In its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set for a close vote on the controversial matter of which I-26 alternative to endorse.
Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman says a county resolution in support of any other plan would undercut the weight of the City Council’s endorsement of alternative 4B and send the message of “a divided community.”
As the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners gears up to endorse a plan for the future I-26 connector at its Jan. 6 meeting, Xpress offers a look at our coverage of many aspects of this controversial issue.
Alternative 3, a plan for the future I-26 connector backed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and some Buncombe County commissioners, would demolish about 25 houses in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood, leaving 13 others nearby facing a sound wall.
A technicality forced the Buncombe County commissioners to postpone a meeting on their preferred route for the much-disputed Interstate 26 Connector. On Dec. 16, the commissioners narrowly voted to delay endorsing one of the four potential routes for connector, as requested by the state Department of Transportation. The controversial project has been in the works […]
Parkside “zombie” returns; activists want eminent domain In a rare 3-2 vote, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners narrowly agreed to delay endorsing one of the remaining options for the controversial I-26 connector until more information has come in. But less than 48 hours later, Commissioner K. Ray Bailey changed his mind, joining forces with […]
The meeting, scheduled to allow the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to make their recommendation for the I-26 connector design, has been canceled, with the board now planning to decide on the matter Jan. 6
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 16 meeting
Tomorrow is the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners last meeting of the year, with one major item, endorsing a plan for the I-26 connector, on the agenda. But expect the Parkside issue, due to the recently approved demolition of the Hayes & Hopson building, to come up as well.
DOT to include alternative 4b in connector study County gets clean bill of financial health Board bids farewell to Ramsey, Young Nov. 18 was the last meeting for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Nathan Ramsey and longtime Commissioner David Young. Nonetheless, the board had some major business to deal with. Foremost was a proposal […]