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Stormwater project to close portion of Kenilworth Road

  ART bus service to the Kenilworth community will be affected   Pending weather, the City of Asheville Stormwater Division will close Kenilworth Road from Rosefield Drive to 30 feet north of Rosefield Drive beginning July 6 for three weeks.    The work will entail installation of a large pipe replacement in this area. Residents can expect a hard closure [...]

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Asheville residents invited to apply for Vance Monument Task Force

    The Vance Monument Task Force (VMTF) was created by a joint resolution (Joint Resolution – Monuments) by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. This group will be tasked with gathering citizen input, particularly from those most impacted by the monuments and participate in public dialogue.    The task force will consist of up [...]

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City of Asheville announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, which is on a Saturday this year, City of Asheville offices will be closed July 3. ART bus service will operate on a reduced holiday schedule July 4. The Fourth of July holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For [...]

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City of Asheville launches shared streets and parklet programs

  The City of Asheville is continuing to support economic recovery by allowing businesses and organizations to use public and private properties more flexibly to align with public health guidelines.   As businesses, particularly restaurants, continue to work through capacity constraints and physical distancing guidelines, the City has launched Parklets and Shared Streets as tools to temporarily create [...]

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Public Safety Committee to meet remotely June 25 and here’s how to participate 

  Top priority is the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   The Asheville City Council Public Safety Committee will hold a remote meeting at 3:30 p.m. June 25. The agenda is posted to the City website here.  There are three options for providing public comment and several [...]

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Fire damages affordable housing construction site and Aston Park Tennis Center

  On June 19, there was a fire at 360 Hilliard Ave. The location is the site of an affordable housing development under construction and slated to open later this year.    In June 2019, Asheville City Council voted to sell the land in support of an affordable housing mixed-income residential development. Local developer Kassinger Development Group [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings with many ways for public to participate

    The June 23 Asheville City Council meeting will be held remotely. Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and the State Phase 2 Safer at Home order, there will be no public attendance at this meeting. This includes news media.     The agenda is posted at this link.  City Council wants our [...]

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Asheville Downtown Association to host virtual Fourth of July Celebration showcasing local musicians and venues

Featured artists announced   The Asheville Downtown Association will host a virtual Independence Day Celebration on the Fourth of July. Set to begin at 4 p.m., the online concert event is presented by Ingles Markets, with support from Explore Asheville, and produced in partnership with the City of Asheville. Featured artists include:   BoogiTherapi with Ryan RNB Barber – funk [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation rolls out innovative 2020 summer programming

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.   After reviewing guidelines from the CDC and State and local public health officials and the State’s preliminary plans for phased reopening, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff have made the difficult [...]

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Asheville inquiry into police protest response expands to include roles for City Council, City Attorney

  In support of Asheville Police Chief David Zack’s recommendation of an outside independent investigation into Asheville Police’s response to recent protests, City Council has requested that the City Attorney’s Office, under the direction of City Attorney Brad Branham, lead the effort to select the investigator. This move is aimed at maximizing accountability and transparency to [...]

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Asheville Water Resources to begin maintenance on 5 million-gallon tank as part of proactive resource management

  A 5 million-gallon tank serves as a final stop before City of Asheville water is distributed through our pipes to homes, industry and businesses. It’s called a clearwell and, like other aspects of Asheville Water Resources facilities, it requires maintenance from time to time.   That maintenance will begin June 15 at the North Fork Water Production [...]

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City of Asheville to hire independent team to review methods, tactics used during recent protests

  During Asheville City Council’s June 9 meeting, Asheville Police Chief David Zack reported to Council that the City of Asheville had hired a transparency engagement advisory firm to assist the Asheville Police Department with disseminating public information. These advisors from Cole Pro Media are here to help us deliver our messages in a transparent and [...]