Asheville City Council will consider a $7.5 million contract at its Tuesday, Nov. 20, meeting that may bring the Pack Square renovation project to completion. The money comes from the Federal Highway Administration and private sources, but like other large grants, must be channeled through the city.
In a related move, Council will also consider a $105,300 contract with Acme Preservation Services to conduct a historic-architecture survey in and around Asheville’s downtown. The project, expected to take two years, comes from a mandate by the Federal Highway Administration and the State Historic Preservation Office after review of the effects of the Pack Square project.
And a former City/County Plaza resident — the Energy Loop sculpture — will play a part in the Public Art Board’s annual report. Alongside the RiverSculpture Festival, the board is touting the restoration of the sculpture in its accomplishments during the past year. The Loop’s reintroduction to the public is slated for 2008, as is the installment of Deco Gecko, a sculpture by the city’s newly named Public Artist of the Year Harry McDaniel.
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— Brian Postelle, staff writer