My wife and I attended a gathering in the ballroom on the 13th floor of the Battery Park Apartments across from the Grove Arcade. Both buildings, like many historic structures in Asheville, are stunning and attractive, enhancing an already spectacular skyline. We strolled outside to the rooftop gardens and saw the area below that was just demolished, where a park would fit in beautifully.
This park will enhance life for both those who live here and for the tourists who provide work for so many of us. The space across from St. Lawrence cathedral and the civic center must be turned into a beautiful and welcoming park. It cannot become another hotel or high-rise.
I watched PARC’s wonderful, two-minute video of downtown demolition, which (spoiler alert!) reveals a view of the dome of St. Lawrence at the end. It is powerful enough to have prompted me to write this letter. Maybe it will prompt you to do the same. Maybe we local folk can win one.
It seems that in City Council’s failed effort to sell to McKibbon Hotel Group some time ago, only [Mayor Terry] Bellamy and [Cecil] Bothwell voted with us. Thank goodness the sale fell through, and we now have an opportunity to preserve some open space in downtown.
The three candidates for City Council who support that green space deserve our support — Brian Haynes, Keith Young and Rich Lee.
Corporate interests have already grabbed our civic center. We don’t have to give them this open space as well. Let’s make a park that our great-great-grandchildren can stroll in with their grandchildren.
— Stuart Zitin