68 Haywood Street Temporary Uses

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The City has opened 68 Haywood Street for public use and seeking temporary programs, events and activities to take place on the site. 

The primary goal of opening the site for temporary uses is to activate the space, which would otherwise be vacant, on an interim basis while next steps towards long-term planning and implementation are underway.

A Request for Expression of Interests (RFEI) was released on June 2, 2017 for individuals or organizations interested in organizing regularly scheduled pop-up programs on the site. The deadline for submissions was June 26, 2017. Here are the resulting activities.

More information and updates from the organizers:

Asheville Grown Business Alliance: Venture Local Fair (website)

US Cellular Center: Fan Fest (website)

Latino Advocacy Coalition (website)

Buncombe Partnership for Children: Adventure Play (website)

Skunk Trunk: Bazaar Bazaar (website)

Land of the Sky Association of Realtors: Affordable Housing Fair (website)

American Myth Center: The Ballad of R&J (website)

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Car Show Flyer)

People’s Park Foundation: Recreational and educational activities (Facebook page)


The site is now available for special events through the City’s existing outdoor special event permitting process. 

Outside of times when it is permitted for Outdoor Special Event use, the site is open to the public daily for passive/recreational activities, or for use by Mobile Food Vending (see below) from 7 AM - 10 PM.

Following City Council approval on December 19, 2017, a new Mobile Food Vending Pilot program was created for the calendar year 2018 to further encourage use of the site, with a simplified application process for use by mobile food vendors including food trucks. Permit holders may have access to the site on a first come, first serve basis when the site is not permitted for an Outdoor Special Event. The application form is available here.

In addition to temporary uses at 68 Haywood Street, a temporary community garden is now in place at 33-35 Page Avenue This is one of several sites included in the City’s new Community Garden Program as part of the Asheville Edible’s Initiative.

There will be opportunities for the public to offer feedback during the course of the year in order to inform the next phase of temporary uses on the site, as well as long-term planning as that process moves forward. More information about long-term planning is available here.


In December 2015, City Council directed staff to conduct a community visioning process to inform long-term decision making about this and other surrounding City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue. In March 2016, Council contracted with the Asheville Design Center to serve as a facilitator for a Council-appointed a Community Advisory Team to develop a long-term vision for the properties. (More information about the visioning process, including the Advisory Team’s final report, is here.)

Concurrent to soliciting feedback and developing a community vision for long-term use of the properties, the Advisory Team also considered temporary uses that could both activate the site and help inform next steps of the planning and design process. In December 2016, the Advisory Team presented to City Council the following recommended temporary uses and installations:

  • Raised garden beds
  • Mobile food vending
  • Open vendor markets
  • Movable seating
  • Interactive public art
  • Designated performance space

Following the recommendations, Council directed staff to proceed toward implementation.



December 2017 – Mobile Food Vending Pilot program launches

August 2017 – Scheduled programming begins

July 6, 2017 – Site opens to the public for passive use

June 2, 2017 - Request for Expressions of Interest for temporary programming is launched

May 23, 2017 – Staff presents update to City Council on implementation of temporary uses

April 2017 – Site preparation and improvements began (creating an accessible surface, installation of electricity, site plan review for a food truck lot, purchase and install of amenities)

March 28, 2017 – Informed by a proposed implementation and management plan, City Council directs staff to proceed with implementation of Temporary Uses.

March 28, 2017 – Haywood Street Advisory Team presents final report on long-term vision to City Council. Council directs staff to develop an RFP/RFQ to hire a design team to develop design options based on the vision presented.

December 13, 2016 – Haywood Street Advisory Team presents recommendations for temporary uses to City Council. 

Supporting Documents

Staff report to City Council for Mobile Food Vending Pilot - December 19, 2017

Staff report to City Council - August 22, 2017

Memorandum to City Council - July 21, 2017

Staff Report to Council - May 23, 2017      Site A/Site B

Conceptual Site Plan

Request for Expression of Interest for temporary programming at 68 Haywood Street


Contact Information

Dana Frankel
Downtown Development Specialist