City staff report on Parkside condo project

This April 2, 2008, staff report to Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission provides an overview of the controversial proposal to build an 11-story condominium building next to Pack Square Park. The project, known as Parkside, was scheduled to be considered by Asheville City Council on June 10.

After examining the project, city staff recommended that Planning and Zoning approve the project, but with three conditions: that the building height be reduced by one floor; that the project seek LEED certification at the basic level; and that the project support community affordable-housing goals either directly or indirectly. The commission issued a tie vote on the proposal, with members voting 3-3 after a four-hour meeting.

City staff plans to make the same recommendation to City Council at its June 10 meeting.

Click here to download a PDF of the document.

This e-mail exchange, dated May 27, 2008, explains that the developer of the Parkside project, Stewart Coleman, wants to take two stories off the project, making it small enough that Council will not review it.

Click here to download a PDF of the document.

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