Asheville City Council preview: Alcohol and old developments

Ending alcohol at large festivals in neighborhood parks and a rezoning related to a long-running Kenilworth dispute lead a relatively light agenda for Asheville City Council tomorrow evening.

The first matter came after residents from the East End neighborhood complained that the annual Brewgrass festival had become too large and rowdy for Martin Luther King, Jr. park. City staff, Council, and the Brewgrass organizers agreed that the location isn’t ideal, but were unable to agree on an alternative. The new measure assures that the same event won’t happen there again, wherever its future location ends up.

There’s also a rezoning of a swath of Kenilworth from institutional to residential, curbing what can be built there. The land was part of the controversial proposed Caledonia Apartments development, which would have put 100 units on the site. Council rejected the project as incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood in 2010, but the developer proposed a different plan to proceed without Council approval and the matter ended up in court. Now, both the owner and the Kenilworth Neighborhood Association have agreed to a rezoning of part of the property.

Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 on the second floor of City Hall.



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