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@ The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods […]

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 […]

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.

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 (, 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 […]

Lindsey Simerly

Lindsey Simerly Website: 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

Rich Lee Website: 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 […]

Mission Hospital tower approved; representa­tives appointed to TDA

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, […]

Manheimer: bring all voices to the table

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 […]

Bothwell: Poll says 86 percent of Asheville voters support park

In a press conference across the street from the so-called “Pit of Despair,” Asheville City Councilman and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidate Cecil Bothwell said this morning that a poll conducted by his campaign shows that 86 percent of likely Asheville voters favor a park on the city-owned parcel opposite the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center.