Zoning may not deliver the same zing as other hot-button issues in a competitive election cycle, but it’s among the most crucial discussions Asheville leaders and residents face as the city grows. Each candidate has different ideas about what to do first.
Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission met on July 20 to consider a Shiloh subdivision and a 103-room hotel proposed for 49 Tunnel Road. The Commission voted to recommend City Council approve both zoning requests.
The public hearing scheduled for Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting on the zoning request for a 185-room Embassy Suites Hotel at 192 Haywood St. has a “100 percent chance” of being continued until a later Council meeting, according to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer earlier today. No alternate date has been identified for the hearing yet, said City Clerk Maggie Burleson.
One commenter at the March 24 public forum on short-term rentals in Asheville likened outlawing the practice to the war on drugs, or teaching teenagers abstinence to prevent pregnancy.
Before a small crowd of downtown residents, business owners and city officials, developer Tony Fraga laid out preliminary plans for a 14-story Cambria Suites hotel on Battery and Page Avenues this evening. Photo by Carrie Eidson.
Local developer Tony Fraga wants to build a $28 million hotel downtown at the intersection of Battery Park and Page Avenues. He’ll present more about his plans at an Oct. 30 neighborhood meeting. (File photo by Jonathan Welch)
The new Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville at 51 Biltmore Ave is nearing completion and Xpress recently took a behind-the-scenes tour.