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Asheville City Council accepts money donated for bus shelter by two civic organizations

  Civic partners have stepped up to provide funding for a new bus shelter — $5,000 in contributions — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their October 12 meeting.   The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along Asheville Rides Transit bus routes.   The [...]

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Asheville City Council approves rezoning of 130 Charlotte Street

  During their October 12 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to approve a Conditional Zoning Request for property at 130 Charlotte Street (formerly occupied by Fudruckers). This decision aligns with the Council goal of a “well-planned and livable community.”   The approval is for construction of an approximately 166,000-square-foot mixed-use development that includes 186 new [...]

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Asheville City Council hears next steps in Reparations process 

  During the October 12 City Council meeting, Debra Clark Jones, President of TEQuity, the selected project management firm, outlined next steps in the City of Asheville’s Reparations initiative. Information was shared during the City Manager’s Report to Council.     Debra Clark Jones During their September 14 meeting, City Council voted to authorize the City Manager to hire

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City of Asheville to host groundbreaking event for new Public Safety Station on Broadway Street

  The City of Asheville is pleased to host a groundbreaking event for a new Public Safety Station at 316 Broadway Street in north Asheville at 10 a.m. October 18. This facility will be home to Fire Station 13, a Police Substation, the relocated Emergency Operations Center, and a small community conference room.   Brief comments will be [...]

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Playable art is coming to Jake Rusher Park; community is invited to virtually meet the artist

    Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022.    Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece which will be placed in the park near [...]

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Asheville City Council passes Urban Center zoning initiative 

  At their September 28 meeting, the Asheville City Council adopted a new Urban Place Form Code District. The rezoning Urban Centers initiative was managed by the Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design and was developed as a recommendation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. Urban Centers are [...]

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FEMA opens document drop-off center in Asheville for those affected by Tropical Storm Fred

Webpage also launched for assistance specific to Western North Carolina ncdps.gov/TSFred   ASHEVILLE – FEMA has opened two Document Drop-off Centers — one in Buncombe County and one in Transylvania County — for survivors of Tropical Storm Fred to submit any required supporting documents for their disaster assistance application. Survivors may also register [...]

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City of Asheville requests proposals for projects to fund with COVID-19 recovery funds

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal program to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses; and lay a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. The City of Asheville has received $26.2 million as part of this program and [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meeting format and here’s how to participate

  For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain in remote format and accessible to the public in accordance with N.C. General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) . This includes the 5 p.m. September 28 City Council meeting.    Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in [...]

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Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission

  Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.   Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape [...]