City of Asheville launches online Development Portal as streamlined option for development review applications

Large construction projects continue to dot the downtown Asheville skyline. At right, the 45 Asheland Condominiums are under construction. At left in the background are the twin cranes erecting the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine addition.   Developers, online applications for development review have come to the City of Asheville. Now you can file your applications for development review from the [...]

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ART buses on-time arrivals on the rise under new management

  Less than five months into the City of Asheville’s new Transit Operations and Maintenance Contract with RATP Dev (formerly McDonald Transit), on-time performance of ART bus service has noticeably improved. In October 2017, the City moved to a new management model with RATP Dev to improve system reliability and on-time performance (OTP).   On-time performance refers to the [...]

Asheville parking garages now feature electric vehicle charging stations

John Himmelheber of West Asheville charges his Ford C-Max energi hybrid at the top of the Wall Street Parking Garage. He said he is pleased to learn of its installation.     Need a jolt? If you park your electric vehicle at one of three City of Asheville parking garages you can charge your car while you are dining [...]

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‘Smart’ parking meters to be installed throughout downtown Asheville

  They won’t do your taxes but the new “smart” parking meters coming to all of downtown Asheville this year will make paying for parking much easier. For one thing, you’ll have the option to use your debit or credit card. For another, Passport app parking payments will display on the new meters, leaving the guesswork out [...]

Asheville Civic Center Parking Garage elevator closes for repair

  The elevator at the Civic Center Parking Deck will be closed for repair starting Jan. 22. This project is expected to take 90 days. The City of Asheville asks for parking patrons’ patience during this much-needed improvement. City of Asheville Parking Services diligently works toward continuous improvements with integrity, diversity and innovation, to provide convenient, safe, [...]

City of Asheville to purchase zero-emission, electric transit buses

Asheville City Council took another step towards achieving its goal to reduce the City’s carbon footprint Jan. 9 when it voted to buy five electric buses for the City’s transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART). When delivered 12 months from now, the buses will offer Asheville residents and visitors a modern, zero-emission, ecologically-friendly bus [...]

Food truck pilot program launches at 68 Haywood

  A mobile food vending pilot program comes to 68 Haywood this year!   With more than 75 food trucks listed as active in the Asheville area on ashevillefoodtrucks.com, offerings could be wide ranging — everything from tacos to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.   It’s one of several temporary uses recommended by the Haywood Street Community Advisory Team, [...]

Asheville’s ART bus service expands Sunday service, evening hours

  In 2018, many of our ART buses will run later into the evening. And Sunday/holiday service will extend to all routes. On Jan. 1, eight Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) bus routes will add hours to their routes, thanks to additional funding approved by Asheville City Council (see schedule below). How did City staff determine the best way [...]

Demolition paves way for affordable housing project

Demolition on City-owned property to make way for affordable housing on Hilliard Avenue has begun. In June, Asheville City Council voted to approve a 64-unit apartment complex project aimed at alleviating the city’s severe lack of affordable housing. Quality, affordable housing is a key goal in City Council’s 2036 Vision statement. The resolution authorized lease of City-owned property by Kassinger Development [...]

Greenway prep to begin for River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

  Sometimes you have to rearrange a landscape to achieve a new vision. Old plants come out, new ones come in, but things can look a bit messy in the meantime. Think of that analogy on a larger scale when it comes to Asheville’s River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP). In preparation for the construction of two miles [...]

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