Haywood Street Visioning & Long Term Use
City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue have a long and well documented history of potential development opportunities. Their location within the city’s CBD make them desirable as urban infill sites. The Haywood Street parcels were initially 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 2015, the Economic Development Coalition solicited offers from developers for the purpose of developing an office building with an adjoining pocket park.
While exploring possible development opportunities, community members expressed interest in a public space at this location, particularly considering continued growth and increasing density in the downtown.
In December 2015, City Council directed staff to pursue a public process for guiding the future use of the properties. A Community Advisory Team was then developed and Asheville Design Center was hired to facilitate Community Visioning.
The Asheville Design Center collected input from the community and facilitated an intensive 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.
At the direction of City Council, staff issued an RFQ for a design/planning team to develop design and programmatic options for the properties informed by the Advisory Team's Vision Report, and ultimately a final design. In early 2018, an interview team selected a preferred consultant to complete this work.
The consultant contract was not initially funded in the 2018/2019 budget. City staff and Council are continuing to explore options for funding.
In the interim, staff is implementing short-term uses of the properties.
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
January - Consultant Interviews
February/March - consultant selection and contract negotiation
April - Staff report to Finance Committee seeking funding for Haywood/Page Design Study (Finance Committee asks staff to return in the fall after the 1st quarter of the fiscal year; to determine at that time if funding is available)
Planning & Urban Design Department
Asheville Design Center