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Office of Equity and Inclusion launches first Asheville healing mini-grant program

  In support of Asheville City Council’s Vision 2036 of an equitable and diverse community, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is launching a mini grant program to support existing projects  in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities. The communities of focus are those who were most [...]

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Place fall leaves in eco-friendly paper bags for collection by Asheville Sanitation

    To everyone who started using paper bags for their fall leaves last season, we say thank you and keep up the good work! We’d encourage everyone else to follow their example. Paper bags cost about the same as plastic ones. They’re compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little [...]

Public invited to come downtown to engage in the planning process for the Haywood and Page properties

  The City of Asheville is moving forward with the creation of a master concept plan for City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue. The creation of this plan is the next step to implement the community vision for the properties outlined in the Haywood and Page Vision Report. Two public [...]

Asheville Police Department shares facts, resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Asheville Police Department (APD) is taking the opportunity to bring attention to the national issue and remind the community of domestic and sexual violence services for survivors in the Asheville area. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and seventh leading cause of death for women in the [...]

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Asheville Fire Department announces pilot program to bring facility dog to Station 7

  The Asheville Fire Department is excited to announce a partnership with Black Mountain-based Paws & Effect to integrate a facility dog, Denali, into Station 7, 37 E. Larchmont Road.   Traditionally, dogs were used to provide companionship and safety for horses used to transport equipment from a station to a fire. While horses are no longer a [...]

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Asheville housing market report outlines challenges and gains

    The City of Asheville contracted a study to examine the housing market for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The study by Bowen National Research provides a high-level overview of the current market, including affordability issues, as well as areas of affordability that remain challenging for the region. The study points to many issues [...]

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Making history: First female Asheville Police Officer to patrol on motorcycle

Asheville Police Department’s (APD) Senior Police Officer Meg Donahue pinned the honorable Motor Officer wings to her uniform in August, after successfully completing one of the most rigorous training courses a police officer can endure.   Officer Donahue is one of only three women that have ever completed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Basic Motor [...]

Asheville greenways update: Spring 2020 construction is coming!

  Funding now in place for Asheville greenway projects will pave the way for spring 2020 construction. These shovel-ready projects are funded in part by state and federal transportation money administered through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). They include:   French Broad River West: This 1-mile greenway will fill a greenway gap [...]

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Asheville City Council takes next step toward reinstating at-large elections and nonpartisan municipal primaries  

    Asheville City Council took a step closer to amending its charter to reinstate at-large elections for all Council members and nonpartisan Council primaries by holding public hearings on the matter during their Sept. 24 meeting. The City’s charter is listed in Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code, posted on the City’s website.   During the [...]

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City Council approves 1-year Asheville hotel moratorium 

    No hotel approval applications will go before City Council for a year, under a hotel moratorium approved by Council at their Sept. 24 meeting.   City staff will use this time to work with the Urban Land Institute Charlotte on a planning process to include two community engagement sessions, analysis of the hotel industry, [...]

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City of Asheville to fund focused homeless street outreach effort

  Partnering with Homeward Bound, the City of Asheville will fund a full-time position to provide assertive street outreach for homeless populations not currently being served.   At their Sept. 24 meeting, City Council allocated $150,000 in the adopted Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget to Homeward Bound for homeless street outreach services. This will be used to [...]

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