An update on a conditional-zoning application aimed at ameliorating the controversy surrounding Greenlife Grocery and adjacent Maxwell Street residents, and a host of other items, highlight a packed agenda for Council’s Nov. 27 meeting.
The city and Greenlife are in consultation on a couple of ideas to ease traffic and noise problems at the site, including either traffic-calming devices on Maxwell or a reconfiguration of the popular store’s loading dock and parking lot, as well as relocating the store’s Maxwell Street entrance. Maxwell Street residents have complained since the store’s opening that large delivery trucks, semi-trailers, garbage trucks and heavy car traffic have made life unbearable at times along the narrow residential street.
Council also will hold two public hearings, one for a conditional rezoning at 55 Piney Mountain Dr. to allow the development of a retirement residence facility in an area currently zoned for low-density, single-family residential; the other is a request from Ingles to amend its already-approved signage plan to allow for a Starbucks sign on a store nearing completion at 85 Tunnel Road.
As part of its consent agenda, the Council is being asked to adopt a resolution put forth by the Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts supporting the design of a center somewhere in the city. The approved resolution would not require the city to commit to any funding, but it is the final condition the AACPA must meet by Dec. 31 if it is to secure a $1 million grant from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, the group’s attorney reports.
Under new business, the Council also will consider: A resolution authorizing acquisition of property in Haw Creek for park purposes and a greenway link to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail; approval for the city to act as lead agent on a grant for sidewalk improvements in Emma; a resolution to partner with Public Interests Projects on a parking garage on Biltmore Avenue; a resolution to dispose of the city’s interest in 7.19 acres of real property at Brotherton and Virginia Avenues; and a proposal by the Asheville Merchants Corporation for the city to accept management and operation of the Asheville Holiday Parade.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Those wishing to speak at the public hearing should arrive earlier to sign up. The meeting can also be viewed live on Charter Cable channel 11.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer