Tomorrow night’s Asheville City Council meeting will revisit two ongoing issues: reopening the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge and possible incentives for the Montford Commons project.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
The death of Anthony Ray Gillmore, killed in June while trying to cross I-240 to reach Hillcrest Apartments, sparked a push to reopen the bridge, closed since 1994 due to concerns about crime. City staff have assembled a report detailing both community input and the costs associated with reopening the bridge, including clearing out brush and increasing security ($178,725 initially, $145,799 annually). Council will discuss the report and may recommend that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (which has final authority on the matter) reopen the bridge.
Council will also revisit a possible incentive package for the Montford Commons project, something that a number of members balked at during the July 27 meeting. A staff report recommends against incentives for the project, citing the city’s tough budget times and the belief that the incentives wouldn’t be strictly necessary for the project to make a profit.
Council will also consider approval of a Discount Tire Store in the Bleachery Boulevard area, appointment of a member to the Tourism Development Authority, and revising the Public Art Board’s powers and responsibilities.
Asheville City Council meets at 5 p.m., Aug. 24, on the second floor of CIty Hall.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter