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Friday: Asheville river corridors flood, prompting road closures

  Find Saturday updates here.     9 p.m. update Concrete barricades have been placed at the landslide on Old Toll Road. We have reports of numerous people driving around flood barricades. Please do not do this! You put yourself — and emergency rescue personnel — at risk. For the safety of everyone, concrete barriers have been placed [...]

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How to stay plugged into City of Asheville information about road closures during flooding events

    When flooding strikes in the City of Asheville, multiple agencies respond to close roads and notify residents of safety measures they should take. For example, even prior to flooding, Stormwater Services clears stormwater drains to minimize localized flooding.   When the City realizes there is the potential for flooding, residents can find information on the City of Asheville’s [...]

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68 Haywood event applications open for the summer season

    Temporary uses and community programs will continue this spring and summer at 68 Haywood Street, a public gathering space across from the U.S. Cellular Center. This is an opportunity for craft fairs, food trucks and other special event organizers to set up in the heart of downtown.   The future development site was made available for public [...]

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With bears in Asheville backyards, be ‘BearWise’ about managing trash

    At a glance This article includes: Tips on how to deter bears. Guidelines if you want to buy your own bear-resistant trash cart. What to do if you encounter a bear.     Baby bears are cute, mama bears can be fierce and both have emerged from their dens hungry.   An increasing number of black bears live and roam around the City of [...]

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Energy Innovation Task Force announces cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant

Community partners also honored   The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close for spring break April 19

    ART buses to run on a holiday schedule   City of Asheville government offices will be closed Friday, April 19, as part of spring break. Sanitation Services will not be affected by the closing, as no trash or recycling is collected on Fridays.   ART bus service The City of Asheville ART bus service routes and facilities will operate on a [...]

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Asheville Police Department offering free gun locks

    The Asheville Police Department both practices and encourages firearms safety. Beginning today, APD is making 200 gun locks available on a first-come, first-served basis. The locks are available at the front desk of the Asheville Police Department, 100 Court Plaza.   No personal information is required to obtain a gun lock. Simply come to [...]

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Attention bus riders! ART Transit Station construction to begin Monday

  The first phase of ART Transit Station improvements are about to begin! On Monday, April 15, local contactor NHM Constructors will bring their crew in to mobilize for the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk.   The construction crew will begin on the north side of the bus travel lanes. While we had [...]

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U.S. Cellular Center renovation marches forward

  Recent improvements to Asheville’s largest convention and entertainment venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, have included addition of flexible theater seating in the arena, a new sound and lighting setup and conversion of a storage room into a press / meeting room. Now the facility’s aging HVAC system will come into the modern age.   It was last [...]

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 City Council passes modest Fees & Charges changes for FY 2019-2020

  At a glance                     On April 9, Asheville City Council adopted its Fees & Charges for FY 2019-2020.                     Fee increases are aimed at cost recovery to lessen the burden on property tax payers.                     There will be a modest increase to water and stormwater fees. Impact per the average household will be 70 cents a month or $8.40 for [...]

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City Council gives go-ahead for lease agreement with Buncombe County for new East Asheville Library

    East Asheville will get a new library — in its same location — following action by Asheville City Council to authorize a land lease to Buncombe County for the library.   During their April 9 meeting, Council voted to authorize a 99-year lease of 1.8 acres of property at 902-904 Tunnel Road for $1 per year. Buncombe [...]

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