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Asheville to waive some fees to help support local businesses during State of Emergency

  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor dining, a-frame signage, push carts, and associated trade permits. Many [...]

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Asheville Mayor recognizes frontline and onsite City employees with proclamation

  In recognition of City frontline and  onsite employees who have remained on the job during the COVID pandemic, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer issued a proclamation designating Jan. 12 as City Employee Heroes Day.   While all employees are essential workers, because all City jobs have to be done in order to provide our community with vital City services, approximately [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings and here’s how to participate

For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the 5 p.m. Jan. 12 City Council meeting.  Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in the Council meeting. This meeting can be accessed through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

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On-street parking payment to change regarding use of Passport app

  The City of Asheville is committed to offering safe and convenient payment options for our services, including our parking meters.  In order to provide a mobile payment option at our parking meters, the City currently contracts with Passport Labs. This contract is set to expire Dec. 31.   In order to continue providing [...]

City of Asheville recognizing onsite and frontline employees

At the City of Asheville, all employees are essential workers, because all City jobs have to be done in order to provide our community with vital City services. During the pandemic, approximately 20% of the workforce was able to work from home. For the remainder of our workers, this was not an option.    While the governor [...]

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Asheville Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME applications now open

Virtual assistance available for applicants   The City of Asheville’s Community Development (CD) Department is now accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME, “Home Investment Partnerships Program” program.  The deadline for applications is 5 p.m Feb. 5, 2021.    Community Development Staff is happy to offer virtual assistance during the month of January  (from Jan. [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter holiday closings and ART bus holiday schedule

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 28 in observance of the winter holiday break. City offices will be closed New Year’s Day as well, Jan. 1, 2021.   The City’s Sanitation schedule will not be affected by these closures this year. The Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville remains closed to the public [...]

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AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue in 2021

  In response to the pandemic, earlier this year the City of Asheville created its AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion initiatives to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with public health COVID-19 guidelines. Launched in spring 2020, its initial trial period was extended from Oct. [...]

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City of Asheville asking for input on Biltmore Avenue / McDowell Street corridors 

  The City of Asheville is studying the future of the Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street corridors.  The City is launching a survey to gather input from residents and other stakeholders that will inform recommendations for transportation improvements to the corridors.   These corridors connect downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village — two very walkable areas with [...]

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Public comment on City of Asheville Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) now open

  The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Department has published the Draft Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) on the City website for public comment.     The City’s Community Development Division within CED reports on accomplishments and progress towards the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan goals in the CAPER.   The [...]

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