City Council to hear public zoning hearings on housing, hotel, as well as presentation on RAD whitewater park

The roof of Asheville City Hall.

Asheville City Council will host a public hearing on re-zoning two pieces of property on Tuesday, March 24, as well as a presentation on the proposed River Arts District whitewater park.

An existing church on property located at 1 Sunset Parkway will be reviewed for a conditional zoning request from RS-4 residential single-family medium density to RM-6CZ residential multifamily low density.

The 0.82 acre parcel, if approved, would be converted into two dwelling units and receive separate entrances.

The Towne Place Suites at 39 Elm Street will receive a public hearing to consider conditional zoning from community business II district to community business II district/conditional zoning, with conditions to building size and impervious area and setback, for the construction of a five story hotel with parking.

The slight zoning change would allow the developer to impose conditions different from the zoning district standards — small changes such as the height of architectural elements, sidewalk signage and tree size.

Finally, a presentation will be given about the proposed French Broad Whitewater Park in the River Arts District.

The park has already undergone a feasability study that shows the ideal location being near the Bowen Bridge. The $1.8 million project could conceivably be constructed in four years.

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About Pat Barcas
Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at pbarcas@gmail.com. Follow me @pbarcas

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