Asheville City Council approves Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project

On July 26, the Asheville City council voted unanimously  to approve the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project, or AMI.  The new AMI system will replace the Water Department’s current automated meter reading system now reaching the end of its useful life cycle. The newly approved AMI system will utilize a City owned fixed network of antennas and [...]

Asheville City Council approves funds for an annual street resurfacing project

City Council, during their July 26 meeting, unanimously approved $659,654.00 plus a 15% contingency of $98,948.10 ($758,602.10 total) for the  Fiscal Year (FY) 22 in funds for the Asphalt Preservation Contract. Funding for this contract has already been budgeted in the General Capital Projects Fund as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  This is [...]

Asheville emergency communications tower to be replaced this fall

The City of Asheville is in the process of replacing one of our public safety communications towers on Beaucatcher Ridge at the former White Fawn Reservoir site. This site has been an excellent resource in support of radio communications for police, fire departments, and state highway patrol agencies in our region for more than 25 [...]

Asheville Neighborhood Profile – Chestnut Hills

Chestnut Hills Neighborhood encompasses an area north of the downtown Central Business District that starts at the corner of East Chestnut/Merrimon Avenue, running northward to Hillside Street, east to Julia Street, north to Annandale Avenue, east to Cornelia Street, south to Hillside Street and west to Washington Street. Most of the neighborhood is part of [...]

Asheville neighbors represent at 2nd Festival of Neighborhoods

The things that make Asheville great, and the changes we would most like to see, are most often found right outside the front door. That’s why neighborhood organizations can make such an impact both in their own back yards and city-wide. Building a stronger neighborhood network is one motivation behind the 2nd Annual Festival of Neighborhoods [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation hosts Flapjacks & Feedback to share Walton Street Park updates

Southside residents and regular Walton Street Park visitors are invited to a free pancake breakfast to share thoughts on design preferences for the park’s facelift. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) team members will be on hand with surveys and information during Flapjacks & Feedback on Saturday, November 12, from 10:30 a.m. until [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation warms up December with celebrations for kids, families, and older adults

As the magic of the holidays comes to the mountains, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has plenty of fun, festive celebrations to make the season merry and bright for the young and young-at-heart during Holly Jolly Holidays from December 2-16. Space is limited, so advance registration is strongly recommended even if an event [...]

Barricades go up for Halloween on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville

There will be lots of Halloween happenings around Asheville Saturday night but one of the biggest parties around town involves a street closing. Hundreds of costumed trick or treaters converge on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville each year for candy-filled extravaganza. And while the children are tricked out in their costumes so are the houses. All [...]

Bond project update: Playgrounds and sport courts under construction

There will be lots of happy children and ball players in Asheville in the coming months. The renovation of playgrounds and sport courts were part of the $17 million Parks general obligation bond referendum that was approved by our community in 2016.   Starting now, you will see work in progress in Malvern Hills Park, Murphy-Oakley [...]

Burton Street Community Center celebrates Hispanic heritage on October 21

Burton Street Community Center (134 Burton Street) is becoming known for fun events that explore Hispanic and Latino heritage. From the quirky Cinco de Star War to monthly Latin cuisine classes with Chef Martina Valdez, the center has successfully struck a balance between creating authentic, welcoming spaces for Hispanic and Latino families that are [...]

Burton Street Neighborhood Profile

The Burton Street Community Association, established in 1967 as the Burton Street Advisory Board, was formed for the purpose of promoting the educational, social, economic and cultural welfare of its members, improving the neighborhood through democratic citizen participation and involvement in activities which affect our everyday lives. The Burton Street neighborhood, founded in 1911 by [...]

City Council adopts Close the GAP Plan during October 25, 2022 meeting

Asheville City Council at the October 25, 2022 meeting, adopted the Close the GAP Plans.  There are 3 plans, done at the same time in order to strengthen the pedestrian network. The plans are the City of Asheville’s existing Greenway (G), ADA Transition (A), and Pedestrian (P) plans.  The planning process began [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: August 15, 2022

The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community groups for [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: July 18, 2022

  The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: June 6, 2022

  The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meets at their first retreat Friday, September 23.

The Community Reparations Commission kicked off its first retreat by breaking into the five focus area groups. The smaller groups allowed for commission members to better get to know one another, as well as better understand what “reparations” means to individual commission members.   It was also the first time the public could see the five individual [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meets August 15, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall at 87 Haywood Street.  The Commission meeting agenda is posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meets November 7, 2022

The next regular meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is scheduled for November 7, 2022.  Please note that this is a change from the third Monday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  The meeting will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall at 87 Haywood Street at 6:00 p.m. The Commission meeting agenda is posted [...]

City of Asheville announces City Council approval of the purchase and sale agreement of 319 Biltmore Ave.

  On August 23, Asheville City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the purchase and sale agreement of 319 Biltmore Ave, with Laurel Street Residential a Charlotte-based developer. Laurel Street Residential is among the very few black and female owned development companies in North Carolina. This sales approval is a milestone in the advancement [...]

City of Asheville announces projects funded by BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce projects that have received funding from the BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund. Funding was announced at the Tourism Development Authority Board meeting on October 26. All four of the city’s applications received funding, with the top three priorities receiving funding at 100% of the requested amount. [...]

City of Asheville announces the Carter St., Ann St., and Patton Ave. Stormwater Project to begin

The City of Asheville Public Works Department is pleased to announce the Carter Street, Ann Street and Patton Avenue stormwater project is about to get underway.  As the City begins making improvements to the area, you may encounter large equipment and other construction related impacts.  Preparations and initial work in the area is expected to take place [...]

City of Asheville Awarded $4.2 Million From the Federal Transit Administration for New Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced the City of Asheville has been awarded $4.2 million from the Low-and No-Emission Program to invest in purchasing new transit buses for the Asheville Rides Transit (ART) fleet. The $4.2 million will allow the City of Asheville to purchase six hybrid replacement buses and three replacement [...]

City of Asheville celebrates one year of free residential food scraps drop off sites

The City of Asheville is celebrating the results after one year of the free residential food scraps drop off pilot program. In 2022 so far, over 200,000 pounds (155 tons!) of organics has been diverted from the landfill.  Thanks to the participation of nearly 4,000 residents, this pilot program is reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and saving [...]

City of Asheville invites you to experience the latest art installation for Art in the Heart

Art in the Heart is a way to unite, heal, and strengthen the community. The goal is to use art to spark conversation and ideas on how to make Pack Square Plaza –a central gathering place and hub of activity for the region– a place that reflects Asheville’s diverse community. The program [...]

City of Asheville to extend opportunity to provide public input on  the South Slope Vision Plan to April 8

The City of Asheville Planning and Urban Design Department has decided to extend to April 8th the period to participate in the South Slope Visioning Plan.   Staff want to hear from the community if there’s something missing from the plan, so the draft is available for the public to review and provide comments. [...]

City of Asheville to identify and document architectural history and character of Burton Street neighborhood

  The Department of Planning and Urban Design is excited to be working with the leadership of the Burton Street Neighborhood Association to identify, document and share information about the history and character defining architecture and streetscapes of the Burton Street neighborhood.    The idea for this project emerged from the I-26 Connector Burton Street Mitigation Working Group, [...]

City of Asheville to kick off River Arts District form-based code process

The City of Asheville will kick off the form-based code process for the River Arts District with a community meeting at 6 p.m. June 17 at the Grant Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street. Since the adoption of its 2025 Comprehensive Plan, the City of Asheville has recognized a need to grow more efficiently and sustainably. That [...]

City of Asheville to share updates on Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park at community events

Representatives from the City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation and Capital Projects departments will present updates on the Phase II improvements to Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park at upcoming community events. Community members can view project renderings and discuss planned improvements with staff members. As defined by City Council during its March [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, June 6, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 6:00 p.m.  Monday, June 6, 2022 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood Street   The Commission meeting agenda will be posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress [...]

Department of Planning and Urban Design releases Burton Street Architectural Survey

Over the past several years, City staff has been working closely with the Burton Street Community Association to aid in implementation of the Burton Street Neighborhood Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2018. The plan outlines goals and strategies aimed at preserving neighborhood character, among other priorities for the neighborhood. [...]

Festival of Frights brings kooky fun and spooky chills October 21-31

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) brings ghoulish greetings with its annual Festival of Frights starting on October 21. The series of events includes a toddler costume party, nighttime skating, creepy climbing, and trips through a haunted castle, a greenhouse of horror, and a trail of treats.   While Ashevillians can stop in for a spell at [...]

Historic panels installed on Montford bus shelters

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, above right, joined members of the Montford community  in an Oct. 3 celebration of five panels outlining the neighborhood’s history recently installed on City bus shelters along Montford Avenue. The panels honor Montford’s lost homes, past residents, bygone scenes and African American heritage. They highlight the neighborhood’s diversity and its struggles with poverty, [...]

Malvern Thrills brings free water fun days to Malvern Hills Park this summer

Following the news that Malvern Hills Pool will not open following safety concerns with its drainage and suction system, Asheville Parks & Recreation has planned a series of free water-based programming to take place throughout the summer titled Malvern Thrills. The department’s Rec n Roll mobile recreation van will roll [...]

Neighborhood groups invited to participate in Asheville Festival of Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) will hold the second annual Festival of Neighborhoods on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at A-B Tech in the Ferguson Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.  Asheville City Council established NAC to help strengthen the bonds of community and improve the quality of life for residents. This year’s festival will feature workshops focused on [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Albemarle Park

As soon as you enter Albemarle Park, you know that you are in a special place. It’s not like any other neighborhood in Asheville. It’s more than an interesting neighborhood of curving streets, towering trees and old houses. It is a nationally recognized landmark in residential design, a rare surviving example of late 19th century [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Carney Place

Carney Place, a Habitat for Humanity community in West Asheville, was built from early 2011 through late 2013. The 22 Habitat houses line all of Trellis Court and a portion of Brotherton Avenue. The name Carney Place was chosen by one of Habitat’s donors in honor of his family home in Alabama.   A Habitat neighborhood is [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Falconhurst

The Falconhurst neighborhood is located north of downtown West Asheville, bordered on the east by Louisiana Avenue, on the south by Haywood Road, on the west by Mitchell and Druid avenues, and on the north by Patton Avenue. The neighborhood owes its name to a gentleman named Falconhurst, who built one of the area’s first big [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Givens Estates

Givens Estates is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located on a 215-acre campus in south Asheville.  Founded as a United Methodist retirement community, Givens Estates offers a continuum of residential and health care options to senior citizens of all faiths and walks of life.  Approximately 680 seniors live independently in houses, duplexes, or [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Haw Creek

Asheville’s Haw Creek Community Association (HCCA) was formed in 1983 in response to proposed development neighbors felt was out of character with the neighborhood, and a desire to ensure residents had a say about the future of their community.  HCCA is a 501 C-3 (non-profit) incorporated in 1984.   Haw Creek is located in a beautiful valley [...]

Neighborhood profile – Lakeshore Heights

Lakeshore Heights is in north Asheville and includes areas west of Merrimon Avenue to Reynolds Place and Horizon Hill, bounded on the south by Sandon Road and on the north by Beaver Lake.  The neighborhood consists of mostly single family homes with a few rental apartments.  Most significantly Lakeshore Drive is used as a cut through for traffic [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Norwood Park

Norwood Park is a 26-acre planned community north of downtown Asheville.  The neighborhood is bounded by Murdock, Norwood, Woodward and Farrwood Avenues, between Merrimon and Kimberly Avenues.   Designed in 1914, Norwood Park was advertised as adjoining the “golf links” (the Grove Park golf course).  The neighborhood was planned to fill a need for middle class housing [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Park Avenue

The Park Avenue development in South Asheville, off of Sweeten Creek Road between Ballantree and the Givens Estate, was started in 1984. Over a period of several years, 92 homes were constructed. The community is governed by the Covenants and Rules and Regulations of the Park Avenue Property Owners Association, Inc. (PAPOA) to insure that [...]

Neighborhood Profile – Wilshire Park

Wilshire Park is a residential community that was developed during the 1950s and 1960s in West Asheville.  The sixty acre community is adjacent to Patton Avenue and Johnston Boulevard, near Haywood Road and other connecting streets. In 1962, the home owners organized The Wilshire Park Community Club.  These founding neighbors established club by-laws that included these [...]

Neighborhood profile: Asheville’s Oakhurst community

Nestled above Biltmore Avenue between McCormick Field and Memorial Stadium to the North, Mission Hospital to the South, and Beaucatcher Mountain to the East, Oakhurst is a small community of about 45 houses. It is a neighborhood with stunning mountain views, and if plans move forward, it will one day enjoy direct access to the Beaucatcher [...]

Neighborhood Profile: East End / Valley Street

The East End / Valley Street Neighborhood Association represents the oldest African-American neighborhood in Asheville. Once the center of African-American life in Asheville, the neighborhood was connected to The Block (Eagle, Market Streets) and Valley Street (now South Charlotte), which was the heart of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is one of the most historically significant [...]

Neighborhood profile: Parkway Forest

The Parkway Forest neighborhood is located on Asheville’s east side, across from the Charles George VA Medical Center. It is just minutes from I-40 and about 12 minutes from downtown.  Parkway Forest was built in the early 1960s by Pilot Construction Company of Greensboro. The property was originally an apple orchard and nursery. The original deeds [...]

Neighbors and City collaborate to reduce speeding

Like many streets in Asheville, Macon Avenue has a speeding problem. The corridor through the Grove Park – Sunset Mountain Neighborhood sees some 7,000 vehicles from a combination of residential, cut-through and tourist traffic each day. Unfortunately, many of these drivers exceed the speed limit through the residential area, a dangerous practice magnified the presence [...]

Neighbors invited to learn about bond sidewalk project in Five Points 

    The City of Asheville is moving forward with a bond project in the Five Points neighborhood. Residents along Fulton Street will enjoy a sidewalk spanning from 20 E. Chestnut St. to 71 Woodrow Ave. Construction is slated to begin in June. Before it can get started, City staff needs to speak with residents about the [...]

Parking changes coming for Mountainside Park

  The grass parking area at Mountainside Park will be closed to the public during the 2019 Asheville Tourists baseball season.   In response to concerns from the Edgehill and Hunt Hill neighborhoods, these changes in parking will help alleviate traffic impacts during home games. The grass area will be designated parking for Tourists staff and volunteers only, [...]

Public invited to follow-up session on North Charlotte Street for Road Diet Project

  City also launches online survey on zoning overlay   The community is invited follow-up meetings to the Charlotte Street Road Diet on Wednesday, May 1.  The meetings will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. A morning session will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with an evening session set for 5:30 to 7 p.m.   These [...]

Richmond Hill Drive closed Monday, August 1 through Saturday, August 6, 2022

A contractor will be closing Richmond Hill Drive to through traffic from Pearson Bridge Road to Thomas Street, Monday,  August 1 through Saturday, August 6 to carry out a road resurfacing project.  During that time, a detour will be active from Pearson Bridge Rd to Thomas St.  Weather can impact this schedule. Please plan your travel [...]

Stephens-Lee Community Center announces closures and relocations for October 25-30

As Stephens-Lee Community Center prepares to become the Haunted Castle on the Hill for Festival of Frights, some classes have been cancelled or relocated.    Purchase your tickets for Haunted Castle on the Hill to experience one of the area’s longest-running haunted houses.                         [...]

Steve Mitchell recognized as Asheville Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year

During its Feb. 28 meeting, Mayor Esther Manheimer awarded a plaque to Steve Mitchell of the Malvern Hills neighborhood as Asheville’s Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year. This is the first year for the award. Initiated by the Neighborhood Advisory Committee, the award is designed to recognize and honor a city resident who has demonstrated a significant [...]

The City announces November and December artist schedule of Art in the Heart and opportunities to engage

  A new line up of Art in the Heart artworks and experiences will be in Pack Square Plaza for November and December 2022. A final schedule for January-March artists will be released subsequently. To learn more about the artists and their projects, please visit ashevillenc.gov/artintheheart.    Images and videos of completed projects have been, and will [...]

The long and short of short term rentals in Asheville ***Updated with Video***

Updated April 1, 2015: Watch video of the March 25 Short Term Rental forum, including staff reports and public comments, here: Original story below: Short-term rentals are a hot topic in Asheville right now. The rise of online services allowing homeowners to advertise their residences as vacation rentals has become a conversation in communities across the country, [...]

Video: New rules address the ‘missing middle’ in Asheville housing options

  Since the 20th century, zoning regulations across America have moved along a path that limited housing diversity. Due to these changes, housing mostly comes in two forms: single-family homes or apartment complexes. Residential infill development seeks to promote additional types of housing options for neighborhoods, such as townhouses, duplexes, triplexes and smaller courtyard apartment buildings. Through zoning changes (also known [...]

Visit Neighborhood Sidewalk page on City of Asheville’s website

Here’s an update on the City’s recently adopted Neighborhood Sidewalk Policy for prioritizing construction of neighborhood sidewalks: Visit our Neighborhood Sidewalk Policy page, where you can click on a list of streets in alphabetical order and how they rank in terms of sidewalk replacement. City staff will be applying secondary screening factors to the [...]

Who’s up this week on What’s Up AVL! – City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Marketing and Communication Manager Christo Bubenik

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville host Sam Parada sat down with City of Asheville [...]

Who’s up this week on What’s Up AVL! – Water Dept. Compliance Manager Brenna Cook

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville host Sam Parada sat down with Water department Compliance Manager Brenna Cook [...]

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