Haywood Street Temporary Uses


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Beginning December 17, 2019, 68 Haywood Street is temporarily closed for public use. The site will be used for an on-site superintendent and other construction staging purposes to support the Haywood Streetscape Improvement project, scheduled from January – September of 2020. Future temporary uses of 68 Haywood will be explored in summer of 2020.

A long-term master plan for 68 Haywood Street and surrounding properties is currently underway. More information is 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.

To kick-off programs at 68 Haywood Street, 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. The resulting activities are here.


More information about the organizers

Asheville Grown Business Alliance: Venture Local Fair

US Cellular Center: Fan Fest

Latino Advocacy Coalition

Buncombe Partnership for Children: Adventure Play

Skunk Trunk: Bazaar Bazaar

Land of the Sky Association of Realtors: Affordable Housing Fair

American Myth Center: The Ballad of R&J

Mt. Zion Miss Baptist Church

People’s Park Foundation: Recreational and Educational Activities


Following City Council approval on December 19, 2017, a new Mobile Food Vending Pilot program was created to further encourage use of 68 Haywood street, 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 (7 AM – 10 PM) 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.

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

Next steps of the long-term planning process kicked off in fall of 2019 and in-progress.  More information is available here.




May 2018 – Mobile Food Vending program re-opens for the season

September 2018 – Temporary Mural Installed (launch event on October 4)

December 2017 – Mobile Food Vending Pilot program launches

August 2017 – Scheduled programming begins; site made available through existing outdoor special event permitting process.

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 an update to City Council on implementation of temporary programming at 68 Haywood Street.

May 2017 – Community Garden opens at 33 Page Avenue.

April 2017– Site preparation and improvements begin (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. (More information about long-term planning is here.)

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


Updated 11/04/2019



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