Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (center) announced her candidacy for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. Photo provided by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announces candidacy for Buncombe County Commissioners

The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announced Nov. 12 that she will run for a District 1 seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Other candidates who have declared an intent to stand for election for District 1 include Asheville City Councilmen Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith and civil rights activist Isaac Coleman. From Beach-Ferrara’s press release: […]

The cake lady: Jodi Rhoden in her West Asheville cake shop, Short Street Cakes Photographs courtesy of Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc

Short Street Cakes throws cake sale, just in time for the holiday

From Jodi Rhoden of Short Street Cakes: Short Street Cakes Throws 7th Annual Cakesgiving Cake Sale! From Friday, November 20 through Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25th,  Short Street Cakes will host their seventh annual Cakesgiving Cake Sale.  Cakesgiving features five of the best-loved cake flavors at a reduced price and available for pick up without an advance order. […]

The day after City Council approved a request from the developers of the troubled Eagle Market Place project to modify the terms of some city agreements with the project, construction continues. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Council approves Eagle Market loan modificati­ons; agrees to fewer affordable units

At its Nov. 11 meeting, City Council approved a request to alter terms of the city’s support for a troubled mixed-use development on Eagle and Market Streets. As part of the modification, the city agreed to allow the developer to make 24-30 of the project’s 62 units into workforce housing. Originally, all 62 units were designated affordable housing.

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City council to consider Eagle Market Place modificati­ons; Shiloh storage facility

At its Tuesday, Nov. 10 meeting, city council will hear public input on a proposed self-storage facility rejected by the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Council also will consider a request from the Eagle Market Place housing project to modify the terms of city loans to enable the project to obtain additional bank financing.

Proposed Skyland energy generation plant announced by Duke Energy. The plant eliminates the need for the controversial Foothills Transmission Line. Graphic provided by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy changes power plans, drops new transmissi­on lines

Responding to a major public outcry against all of the routes proposed for the transmission lines, Duke has reconfigured its plans for upgrading the coal-fired power plan in Skyland. The revised plans eliminate the need for a Campobello, S.C. substation and a high-voltage transmission line connecting that plant with the Asheville facility.

City announces neighborhood plan workshop Nov. 7

In a press release, the city of Asheville has announced a workshop to provide information and gather neighborhood input for the city’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update.   City of Asheville | Communication & Public Engagement Division Contact:       Marsha Stickford, Neighborhood Services Coordinator Phone:  828-259-5506 Email:  mstickford@ ashevillenc.gov The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods […]

Todd Okolichany on Lexington Avenue, which was just recognized by the American Planning Association as one of America's Great Places. Okolichany joined the city as planning director in September. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Man with a plan: Okolichany takes the helm as Asheville’­s planning director

“There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in planning: Each place is very different,” says Todd Okolichany, who began work as Asheville’s new planning director Sept. 8. “That’s a key value for me as a planner: recognizing the differences and uniqueness of each place.” Okolichany, 36, comes to Asheville from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was principal […]

City council candidates at the Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) forum. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Down to business: CIBO city council candidate forum

The final six candidates in the race for Asheville’s city council are by now veterans of many forums and panel discussions. Wednesday’s Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) forum emphasized issues of particular interest and importance to Asheville’s business community, yielding some answers frequently heard on the campaign trail and some that moved into more wonkish territory.

Candidates at the start of the forum, which featured questions submitted by members of the audience. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

City Council candidate forum du jour: League of Women Voters

Though they share many of the same policy positions and goals for Asheville, each of the six city council candidates still in the race must now highlight for voters the qualities and experiences that make him or her unique. At the latest candidate forum, candidates worked to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

League of Women Voters presents City Council candidate forum Oct. 20

In partnership with four other community agencies, the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will present a public information forum on October 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wesley Grant, Sr. Center at 285 Livingston Street in Asheville. All six city council candidates — Julie Mayfield, Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Keith Young, Lindsey […]

Asheville/Buncombe Housing Summit date announced

The Asheville/Buncombe Housing Summit will be held on Monday, November 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall. Laura Clark, executive director of Renaissance West Community Initiative (www.rwci.org), a Charlotte-based nonprofit focused on the redevelopment of the former Boulevard Homes public housing site into a mixed-use community. The summit will focus […]