When it comes to crime, West Asheville, the city wants to hear from you

Residents of the West Asheville neighborhoods around Burton Street, the Pisgah View public housing complex or adjacent areas of Asheville are invited to attend upcoming meetings aimed at developing plans to cut crime and improve the quality of life in the area.

The following meetings will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

·  Tuesday, June 10 at the WNCCHS building, 312 Haywood Road
·  Thursday, June 12 at the Pisgah View Community Center, 1 Granada Street
·  Monday, June 16 at the Burton Street Recreation Center, 134 Burton Street
·  Tuesday, June 17 at Hall Fletcher Elementary, 60 Ridgelawn Road

The events are free and snacks will be provided, according a city press release. Child care can be arranged by calling 258-2813, but space is limited.

The meetings are being held as part of the city’s West Riverside Operation Weed and Seed program. The “West Riverside” area is bounded by I-240 and Patton Avenue to the north; Louisiana Avenue, Tanglewood Dr., Herron Avenue, Mildred Avenue and Haywood Road to the west; and the French Broad River to the south and east.

Asheville’s program is part of the federal Weed and Seed program launched by the Department of Justice in 1991 to bolster crime-prevention efforts in communities affected by high crime and violence. The program’s goal is to coordinate the efforts of police, residents and other local organizations to reduce crime. Over the course of its five-year grant, Asheville will receive nearly $1 million in federal funding for the effort.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor

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