I am writing to say that I deeply oppose the sale of public parkland in Pack Square to developer Stewart Coleman of Black Dog Realty. I am a small-business owner, and I am very invested in the economic growth of this city. However, if we are not very careful and intentional about change, Asheville will cease to be the very special place we live [in] now and [will] become the same as every other city in the country.
I feel we cannot sacrifice the green space in Pack Square. It was preserved by George Pack for a purpose, and this must be protected. Isn’t there enough building around Pack Square? Is it necessary to cut down more trees, decrease the amount of open space and increase, yet again, the amount of traffic downtown before we create a solid, environmentally safe way to deal with parking and public transportation? These are the questions I beg City Council members to ask themselves.
In closing, please don’t sell our green space! We need it, we want it and so will the future residents of this city.
— Sarah Benoit