At the Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will discuss a resolution of intent to solicit bids for the $6.8 million Bent Creek property purchased from Henderson County this April.
The 4-3 vote to purchase the property split the commissioners down party lines and was intended to entice an Asheville expansion of Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery.
Clerk to the Board Kathy Hughes explained that the resolution to solicit bids for the property comes from three of the seven commissioners.
The resolution reads that, as “Buncombe County has incurred a one-time expense due to a legal settlement related to the Innocence Commission, … this board hereby declares its intent to accept offers for this property in an amount not less than $6.8 million.”
And what does that mean for the possible Deschutes expansion? We don’t know. But, hopefully, next week’s meeting will bring news of where Asheville’s at on the Pacific North West brewery’s list of prospects.
Commissioners will also discuss transferring the title of a 4-acre Erwin Hills Road property to Asheville-Buncombe Educational Housing, LLC for teacher housing.
“The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation which promotes local and community development by primarily funding high-impact projects in the areas of housing, education, health care and human services,” reads the resolution. “Through its efforts to to give back to citizens across our state, the SECU Foundation projects have included Hertford County Teacher Housing, Hatteras Island Teacher Housing and Dare County Teacher Housing.”
At each of these project sites, the SECU Foundation “provided an interest-free loan to fund the construction of a 24-unit apartment complex in a county where teachers are unable to afford to live due to the high cost of housing.”
Because Buncombe County “has similar issues regarding high costs and needs for
workforce housing, … the SECU Foundation has offered to make a similar loan
for teacher housing in Buncombe County. … The SECU Foundation, Buncombe
County Schools, Buncombe County and Eblen Charities have been working
together to make such a project in our community a reality,” under the management of Eblen Charities.
The company Asheville-Buncombe Educational Housing has been formed specifically for this venture.
There will be no public hearings at this meeting, but public comment will be allowed at the beginning of the evening.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the county building at 200 College St.
To look over the full agenda, click here.