It’s all part of the plan

Asheville will hold a series of public meetings to familiarize people with the Downtown Master Plan, starting with a kick-off event on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Civic Center Banquet Hall. Attendees can expect to hear about the Downtown Master Plan process, meet the consultant team and break up into groups to give input about what they see as issues and opportunities for downtown Asheville, according to a press release.

What’s the plan for downtown Asheville? Find out during an upcoming series of meetings and workshops scheduled to help the city forge a downtown master plan. Photo by Scott Lessing

The Downtown Master Plan is an initiative proposed by the Asheville Downtown Commission in hopes that citizens, elected officials, and city and Buncombe County staff can come together to address “the most pressing issues facing downtown today.” The Master Plan was funded by City Council in the 2007-2008 budget, and consultants were selected in early 2008.

Here’s a schedule of meetings coming up in May:

• Kick-off Public Meeting on Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Asheville Civic Center Banquet Hall

• Local Panel and Discussion: “History of Downtown Asheville: Understanding the Context” on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St.

• Community Educational Session: “Current Issues in Downtown Development,” Friday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St.

• Downtown Master Plan Workshop, Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—location to be announced

For more information on the Downtown Master Plan process, e-mail Sasha Vrtunski at or call 232-4599.


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