Haywood Street Visioning & Long Term Use
Project Wrap Up
The Asheville Design Center collected input from the community and facilitated a process with the Advisory Team to develop a long term vision for the properties. The vision was presented to City Council on March 28, 2017. Their final report can be viewed here.
At the direction of City Council, staff is proceeding to work on a RFQ for a design/planning team to develop design and programmatic options for the properties informed by the Advisory Team's vision. Staff is also proceeding to implement short term uses of the properties.
At its December 12, 2015 meeting, the City Council directed staff to review alternatives for a potential process for the future use and design of two city-owned properties located at 68-76 Haywood Street (see attached map). The two subject properties – which measure approximately 0.55 acres in total - are located on the southern side of the intersection of Haywood Street and Page Avenue. One of the properties is currently being leased to a company for construction staging purposes. The lease runs through July 31, 2016.
The Haywood Street properties have a long and well documented history of potential development opportunities. Their location within the city’s CBD make them very desirable as urban infill sites. The property was acquired for the purpose of constructing a parking garage with adjacent private development. The property was then proposed for a hotel development that did not occur. In the past year, the Economic Development Coalition solicited offers from developers for the purpose of developing an office building with an adjoining pocket park.
Many community members have expressed interest in a public space at this location, especially as the downtown continues to grow. A public process will be undertaken as part of the city’s efforts to update its Comprehensive Plan in 2016-2017 in order to effectively sort through conflicting expectations, values and ideals for downtown parks and other types of public spaces in general; however, there is a current desire by the City Council to engage the public in an open process for a future vision for the Haywood Street properties so that these properties can begin to contribute to the downtown’s dynamic environment and vibrancy.
March 8 - City Council passes resolution for process regarding city-owned property at 68-76 Haywood Street and 33-37 Page Avenue.
June 23 - Open House, Lobby Level of One West Pack Square
July 18 - Advisory Team Meeting
August 15 - Advisory Team Meeting
Sept. 19 - Advisory Team Meeting
Oct. 17 - Advisory Team Meeting
Oct. 24 - Update to City Council
Nov. 21 - Advisory Team Meeting
Jan. 16 - Advisory Team Meeting
Feb. 13 - Advisory Team Meeting, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Municipal Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 100 Court Plaza
Feb. 18 - Advisory Team Workshop, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Collider, 1 Haywood Street
March 1 - Advisory Team Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Grove Arcade Boiler Room
March 8 - Advisory Team presentation on draft version, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street
March 20 -Advisory Team Meeting, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Grove Arcade Conference Room
March 28 - Advisory Team Presentation to City Council, Community Vision, 5 p.m.
August 15 - Staff presentation to City Council's Planning & Economic Development Committee
September 12 - Staff report to City Council seeking authorization for release of RFQ
October 12 - RFQ Released
Planning & Urban Design Department
Asheville Design Center