For nearly 100 years, the dream of a high-elevation park offering close-range panoramic views over downtown has entranced yet eluded Asheville visionaries. With a new funding commitment from the Tourism Development Authority, can the planned greenway and park projects finally move forward?
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.
Local-led, volunteer-run radio station WPVM, 103.7 FM has completed an ownership transition, from Mountain Area Information Network to a new group, Friends of WPVM. Making it through the change of leadership hasn’t been smooth sailing, however. Xpress explores the station’s troubled history and how it’s charting a new course.
While fans clamor to pet and snap photos with Gypsy Gold, Asheville’s only working carriage horse, animal activists claim carriage horse tours represent a throwback to a past we ought to move beyond. Are carriage tours inhumane, or do carriage horses enjoy the work that earns their keep on a pastoral farm in Weaverville?
The next shot has been fired in the long-running battle over short-term vacation rentals. A group of property owners has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the city’s prohibition on vacation rentals of less than 30 days.
In a brief session, city council appointed Guillermo Rodriguez and Tony Hauser to vacant seats on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Council’s next meeting will be Nov. 10.
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 […]
Council members may get home at a reasonable hour after their regular formal meeting on Oct. 27. No public hearings are scheduled, and the list of presentations and business items is short. Those interested in the resumption of council’s deliberations on changes to the Homestay ordinance will want to mark their calendars for the next […]
“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 […]
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.
“Since 2006, Mountain BizWorks has participated in the SBA microlending program. In that time, it has provided SBA loans to over 80 startups and 150 existing businesses,” Mike Arriola commented. “But beyond the statistics, they are helping to create the American dream for individual entrepreneurs like Greg who just spoke.”
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.
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 […]
Mountain BizWorks invites local women in business to submit business plans for a chance to win $70,000. Interested applicants must submit a business plan for a product or service that will measurably improve the lives of women and families. Suggested businesses also should be able to be commercialized and should fit a need in the marketplace. […]
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 […]
The City of Asheville today announced new board openings on various committees. The deadline for applying for any of these opportunities is Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. For more details on how to apply, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at email@example.com. ABC BOARD – The members oversee the operation and administration […]
Lindsey Simerly Website: lindseyforcouncil.org Employment: Manager, WE DO campaign, Campaign for Southern Equality Party affiliation: Democrat Previous candidacy: Ran for Asheville City Council in 2007 NEW! Notable endorsements: Sierra Club, AFL-CIO WNC Central Labor Council, N.C. Police Benevolent Association, Equality NC, Commissioner Brownie Newman, Commissioner Holly Jones, Commissioner Ellen Frost, Sheriff Van Duncan, District Attorney […]
Rich Lee Website: richleeforasheville.com Employment: Financial adviser at Edward Jones Party affiliation: Democrat NEW! Notable endorsements: State representative Susan Fisher, former mayor Ken Michalove, architect Michael McDonough, business owners Tim Schaller (Wedge Brewery), Lynn Foster (Buffalo Nickel), Tonico Vanalli, Chiquie Estrada (Casa Bambini), Franzi Charen (Hip Replacements), Jenna Yarosh, Cathy Cleary, Mike Moore, Rebecca Hecht, Rosetta […]
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Mission Hospital presented plans for one of the largest building projects ever contemplated for Asheville — a 12-story, 681,000 square foot tower at 509 Biltmore Avenue. Intended to replace the aging St. Joseph’s facility on the opposite side of the street, the new facility will include an all-new Emergency Department, […]
Mission Hospital’s proposed mammoth tower complex at 509 Biltmore Avenue looks likely to overshadow the handful of other agenda items at City Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
At the annual State of the City luncheon, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer referenced the voices of Asheville citizens “from all walks of life” as frequently as she cited experts and economic studies. Manheimer said, “The job of your City Council is to hear the voice of the people — their words, their views, their vision —and use those to create […]