Race, housing take center stage in Council candidate forum

Who can afford to live here and how can we all live together? Those questions formed the crux of the conversation among Asheville City Council candidates at a Sept. 18 forum where two issues garnered strong and varying viewpoints: the lack of affordable housing and persistent racial tensions in Asheville.

P&Z approves its final big hotel

Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission heard the last hotel zoning application submitted under the city’s previous zoning rules, which changed on Feb. 14. The commission approved a 112-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel planned for 26 Meadow Road. Moving forward, any hotel project with more than 20 rooms will have to make its case to City Council as a conditional zoning application. The conditional zoning process gives the elected officials more discretion than P&Z’s guidelines allow.

Jeremy Goldstein

Jeremy Goldstein goldstein2017.com Occupation: Local business owner, commercial real estate brokerage company Previous candidacy: None Affiliations: Unaffiliated Short-answer questions Why are you running for City Council? To preserve and protect our quality of life during this period of intense growth. What relevant experience makes you a good candidate for City Council? Local, small downtown business […]