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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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Asheville City Council approves funding for design phase of Southside Center bond project

   The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center Phase II bond project will move to the design phase, following approval by City Council to authorize money for a contract with Asheville architect Clark Nexsen for design services.   During their Sept. 24 meeting, Council authorized a contract for the design to proceed on the Phase 2 improvements to [...]

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Asheville City Manager shares timeline and process for hiring new Police Chief

    We want to share with the community an update about the Asheville Police Department interim leadership and the process for selecting a new Police Chief.   As previously announced, APD Chief Chris Bailey has decided to resign for personal reasons. His last day will be Sept. 27.   Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Robert C. White (Retired) [...]

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French Broad River Dog Park re-opens!

    Calling all dogs and their owners! The French Broad River Dog Park just received repairs and improvements including 5 tractor and trailer loads of new mulch and 100 tons of screenings. Crews in Asset Management with Asheville Parks & Recreation worked diligently to prep, repair and complete improvements to the dog park.   The French Broad River Dog Park, 508 [...]

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Asheville Special Events office launches monthly open houses

  Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Asheville will begin a series of monthly informal, open house/community meeting opportunities to meet with businesses and residents who are interested in producing special events within Asheville city limits. Whether the event is held on public or private property, indoors or outside, the objective is to help guide [...]

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