Asheville City Council preview: March 24 meeting

Council kicks of spring by addressing public housing, homelessness, GreenLife and predatory towing.

The bad news is that three of four public housing facilities in Asheville range from “severely physically stressed” to “functionally obsolete,” according to a recent study. The good news is that they may be eligible for federal grants that would allow major renovations or even rebuilding. That’s the gist of a report to be delivered to City Council by the Asheville Housing Authority on March 24.

Also on the housing front, the city’s coordinator for Asheville’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness will provide an update on that initiative’s progress.

A new chapter in the GreenLife grocery/Maxwell Street saga appears to be developing, with the store citing the economic downturn as reason for backing out of a plan to move its loading dock and continuing confusion over on-street parking for residents behind the store.

And Council will hear suggestions for cracking down on the city’s predatory towing problem. See more on that here.

Asheville City Council meets on the second floor of City Hall at 5 p.m. For the complete agenda, go here. The meeting will be preceded by several interview of potential boards and commissions members beginning at 2:43.

— Brian Postelle. staff writer



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