Over the past two years, the corridor along Asheville's Broadway Street has developed dramatically, with old buildings taking on new uses or meeting the wrecking ball. The Pioneer building, containing apartments and the relocated Dripolator coffee house, opened recently. Nearby, Greenlife Grocery bustles. Farther down the road, the Health Adventure is planning an ambitious health-and-science learning facility that might be backed by county loans.
Yet amidst all this growth, the buildings at 160-164 and 170 Broadway, just north of the Interstate 240 underpass, have remained vacant for over a decade, ever since the Dinner for the Earth closed and reopened as Earthfare in the Westgate Shopping Center.
That may change. The lots were recently sold for $2.4 million to the Whiteside Fund, a partnership of real-estate developers. Earlier this year, the fund purchased the former Old Europe coffee location at the corner of Broadway and Walnut streets in downtown.
At press time, representatives of the Whiteside Fund had not returned calls for comment.