West Asheville has maintained an identity so distinctive that visitors frequently ask if it’s really part of Asheville. That’s not surprising, considering the area’s history. (images courtesy of the N.C. Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville)
It’s walkable, artistic, neighborly, inspiring and it’s not filled with tourists. It has grit and its own unique spirit. It’s not downtown — it’s West Asheville.
After months of preparation, city of Asheville staff will present a new “form-based” zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor at a meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, March 27. The new plan is a very different approach from the city’s previous development rules, and could provide a model for overhauling other neighborhoods’ zoning as well.
Burton Street community leaders are asserting that the neighborhood’s needs are being overlooked in a growing push to move forward with the Interstate 26 connector. They worry their neighborhood, already heavily impacted by interstate construction, will be further damaged.
After a back-and-forth on the usefulness of the city’s housing policies, Asheville City Council signed off on the 192-unit Avalon development tonight, though not without some dissenters. Council was more unified in endorsing a plan to improve the Haywood Road corridor.
After months of development, a new plan for the future of West Asheville’s major corridor comes to Asheville City Council at its next meeting, Feb. 25. The plan calls for a new form of zoning, improved pedestrian infrastructure and keeping the area’s historic feel to make “a neighborhood leader for sustainability in the city.” If successful, other neighborhoods might get similar development overhauls.
Rich and Lauren Cundiff, co-owners of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, have launched into the demolition and early-construction phase of their planned second location in Arden. The couple has negotiated a lease on the building adjacent to a vacant lot they already owned on Sweeten Creek Road.
Against a backdrop of government funding cuts, a diverse group of community members is rallying to improve the Asheville elementary school with the highest percentage of impoverished students.
West Asheville’s newest concert venue The Mothlight held its grand opening this weekend, selling out its first Saturday-night show and giving music lovers a fresh hangout.
The physical exertion that Asheville resident Kevin Johnson will endure during his 3,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride is nothing compared to what the animals in Brother Wolf’s “Help Me Heal” program have experienced. (Photo by Sharon Bell)
At an open house last night on the city of Asheville’s plans to change development rules on the Haywood Road corridor found many community members taking a “wait and see” approach, even as they discussed some goals with planners and consultants.
The Chapel Hill band will bring its heartfelt Americana pop to the Isis Music Hall.
With a high turnout for an Asheville City Council community meeting, West Ashevilleans told their elected officials about their concerns, including the impact of a future Interstate 26 connector and the need for better infrastructure in the area.
Tonight, Asheville City Council will meet at 6 :30 p.m. at Hall Fletcher Elementary for a community meeting dealing with the needs of the West Asheville area.
The much-talked about New Belgium brewery project comes before Asheville City Council Jan. 22, along with $220,000 in road improvements intended to help with traffic in the area.
In the wake of an 8-year-old girl being struck by a vehicle on Dec. 1, some neighbors are looking for answers, and organizing. Thomas Wagner, David Mosrie and Erik Moellering are discussing traffic studies done by the City of Asheville and preparing to meet with city staff. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)
After the adult 5k, the kids had their own races, the Comet Run, finishers got a cookie shaped like a rocket ship (photo by Bill Rhodes)
A new neighborhood group has formed in east-West Asheville over concerns about traffic and impact from the New Belgium Brewing project. Jonathan Wainscott presented a plan to bypass a problem spot for trucks at the meeting. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
A noted bunch of nuts present the Carnival of Nuts, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the West End Bakery.
Dallas McBride and Travis James are wanted for the Aug. 20th shooting in the Deaverview area of West Asheville
Reconstituted and reconfigured Rond plays the Lexington Avenue Brewery on Friday, Sept. 7.