Asheville’s city-hosted Downtown Master Plan series begins Thursday at 6 p.m., but activists are planning to precede its kick-off with a rally protesting a possible hotel across the street.
People Advocating Real Conservancy, previously known for contesting Asheville’s sale of the air above public sidewalks and as a central player in the Save Our Slopes movement, is planing the rally for 5:30 p.m. in front of the Asheville Civic Center.
The proposed hotel comes as part of the city’s request for ideas for uses of city-owned property, but PARC says the site, in front of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, would make a better location for a park (a rendition of what that might look like is pictured).
The master plan meeting will take place in the Civic Center’s Banquet Hall and will be followed by a meeting of the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee at noon on Friday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 47 Eagle St. That meeting is also open to the public.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer