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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings in June and here’s how you can participate

  Top priority is the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   The June 9 Asheville City Council meeting will be held remotely. Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and the State Phase 2 Safer at Home order, there will be no public attendance at [...]

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City of Asheville expands flexibility for business use of sidewalks in addition to private lots

    The City of Asheville is committed to advancing ways of using space to support economic recovery and community needs while prioritizing public health and safety, and recognizes the importance of being flexible and nimble as needs and priorities evolve. In response to stakeholder input and public health guidance, the City is launching new initiatives to [...]

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Asheville pools and Splasheville closed for summer season

  The City of Asheville continues to monitor the most up-to-date information available from public health officials at the local, state and federal levels regarding COVID-19.  Based on the information provided to us, the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department has decided that it is in the best interest of our community for City of [...]

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Asheville SkatePark to close while plaza area is installed

  Improvements will begin at the Asheville SkatePark on June 8.  The building located inside the park will be demolished and removed and a new concrete plaza will be built in the cleared space. The project is planned to take approximately four weeks, depending on weather conditions. The skatepark will be closed for the duration of [...]

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Medic support area established for downtown public assemblies

  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, City Manager Debra Campbell, Asheville Police Deputy Chief James Baumstark and Lieutenant Brandon Moore met with UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy Cable, UNC Asheville students and others who provided medical supplies during Tuesday’s demonstration.     The discussion focused on ways to enhance communication and collaboration. The City of Asheville agreed to reimburse the staff [...]

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Asheville Police Chief David Zack issues statement regarding destruction of water bottles

        A statement from Asheville Police Chief David Zack:   Transparency and accountability is what our community expects and deserves. As the Chief of Police I understand the concern has been raised over the destruction of water, food, and medical supplies. The Asheville Police Department (APD) would always prefer confiscation over destruction. We apologize for not being able [...]

Asheville Community and Economic Development disperses over $3 million to local businesses during COVID-19

The City of Asheville may not be open physically, but City Staff are working hard to ensure that projects are moving forward and businesses are supported. As an example, the Community Development Division (CD), in partnership with the City’s Finance Department, has disbursed over $3 million to local businesses and nonprofits [...]

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Dozens of City of Asheville streets to be resurfaced this season

  Three local paving contractors begin their work with the City of Asheville this month, resurfacing streets. Together they add up to $8 million of investment in upkeep on a combined 8.6 miles of City streets. Two of these are bond projects, the other two were awarded as Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal Year 2020 resurfacing contracts. Weather [...]

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Updated FAQ: City of Asheville installs curfew 

  RELATED: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declares State of Emergency, issues curfew   Following two nights of protests in downtown Asheville, including the June 1 escalation that resulted in unrest and destruction of property downtown, the City of Asheville has a curfew of 8 p.m. to  6 a.m., in place until further notice.  The [...]

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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declares State of Emergency, issues curfew

  A statement from Mayor Esther Manheimer:   I respect everyone’s right to demonstrate and express their anger, sadness and frustration. It is important that we support the people’s right to expression, while still ensuring the safety of everyone in our community.   Following the last two nights of unrest and destruction of property, I am declaring a city-wide State [...]