Letter: How not to alleviate the local housing crisis

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Three years ago, the Buncombe County commissioners provided a $27 million tax incentive package to recruit a $20 billion company (Pratt & Whitney) to a tract of land owned by Biltmore Farms. This was during a pandemic when our residents were losing their jobs, businesses, even their lives.

Now, during an affordable housing crisis, Biltmore Farms requested that adjoining property, zoned for residential and commercial services use, be rezoned for employment, presumably so more aerospace/tech industries can locate there? We cannot be sure.

As with the Pratt & Whitney plant, they are keeping the land’s use under wraps. Let’s hope they tell the public what it will be used for, especially if again, millions of our tax dollars are used to help recruit members of this same industry. And let’s hope that these businesses will pay their employees a living wage so they can afford to live where they work.

The Board of Commissioners’ actions raise the question: Is this how they are going to deal with the affordable housing crisis? Let’s hope not. However, it seems hope is all the county commissioners will give the working people who cannot afford to live here. #NoMoreSecretDeals

— Cynthia Heil


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5 thoughts on “Letter: How not to alleviate the local housing crisis

  1. Frank

    Writer should be aware this is happening next door to the county back 795-unit Ferry Road development. This is a major/pioneering affordable housing project that will be walkable/bikable to living wage jobs. The ferry road property was going to be a waste water facility but will now be housing. This is positive development in our county.

  2. indy499

    More from the tiny band of anti- PW zealots. Great jobs for Asheville. How about you and your little band close up shop.

  3. Ruby

    If there were more well-paying jobs in Asheville-Buncombe, more residents could afford rent/housing.

    • KW

      If people would live in places they can afford, then they could afford to live there.

      • KMD

        Do you live under a rock, or in an ivory tower? Those are the only two feasible explanations for such an ignorant comment.

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