Asheville Parks & Recreation adds space to park system, announces exploration of a partnership with Carolina Day School

During these extraordinary times, more and more Asheville-area residents are spending time in the great outdoors, often in public parks and recreational facilities. Today, the City of Asheville and Carolina Day School (CDS) announce two exciting initiatives that will positively impact the Asheville community: the purchase of land by the City of Asheville for a [...]

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City of Asheville shares data from new solar installation at Fire Station 10

On September 30, the City of Asheville “flipped the switch” on the photovoltaic array, commonly known as solar panels, at Fire Station 10 on Old Haywood Road. This is the second City facility to include renewable energy production, the first being the Transit Station on Coxe Avenue. This is also part of [...]

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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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Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 1: Tony and Lisa

    This spring, the City of Asheville began providing rooms for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness at several hotels in the area, including at the Ramada Inn, 148 River Ford Parkway. This incredible opportunity was made possible by an unprecedented level of federal funding from several sources. It played a key role in keeping our homeless community [...]

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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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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. October 12 City Council meeting.  Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in this meeting, [...]

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Community investment meeting: American Rescue Plan Act RFP review and other local investment opportunities scheduled for Oct. 13

The City of Asheville will host a 2-part virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 for organizations planning to respond to the City’s Request for ARPA proposals and community members interested in learning about additional funding opportunities available through the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.   The American Rescue Plan Act portion [...]

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Assistant City Manager departing for Johnson City, TN

Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball has accepted a position as City Manager with Johnson City, TN. Her last day of service in Asheville will be November 10, 2021.    Ball has served the Asheville community for 24 years in several key roles, including Transportation Director, Public Works Director, and Assistant City Manager. In 2018, she served as [...]