Letter writer: New downtown design guidelines worth considering

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Our thanks to the Mountain Xpress for publishing Laura Berner Hudson’s very well-crafted commentary regarding the BB&T Building [“Faking It: Why Asheville Needs New Design Guidelines,” Feb. 17, Xpress]. I’m not sure she has convinced me of the architectural significance of the building, but she has convinced me that the solution she is proposing is worth discussing.

Her article implies that there is the possibility of revising the proposed rework of the façade, but is there actually an opportunity to change course on this? We may end up with the same approach as offered to City Council anyway, but it would be great if there were a chance to hear competing views on this.

Also, the Mountain Xpress does a great job of publishing thoughtful pieces like this virtually every week. Thanks for that as well.

— Mike Mooney
Asheville

Editor’s note: Since City Council approved the project on Jan. 12, there is no further review or opportunity for requiring any changes to the design of the BB&T Building renovation.

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