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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 [...]

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Thomas Wolfe Auditorium celebrates 80th anniversary with public information session to view the conceptual design for a venue transformation project

  Thomas Wolfe Auditorium set to celebrate 80 years of events this month   On Jan. 8, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium will celebrate its 80th year anniversary of providing a civic home for music, arts, and entertainment in Asheville, beginning a year-long celebration of the venue’s history and plans for potential future development. In conjunction with this announcement, the City [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]

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Asheville 2019 in review: Electric buses, election format, red pandas and more

  With 2019 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government advanced in 2019. Read about the Asheville Police Department’s accomplishments for 2019 at this link. We’ll have 2020 initiatives to look [...]

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Haywood Streetscape construction to begin in early January 

    Fresh updates about this improvement project    The Haywood Streetscape Improvement Project continues to move forward, with construction scheduled to begin the week of January 6 and be completed by the end of September (see phased schedule below). The project schedule was determined with multiple factors considered and input from various parties — most specifically those directly [...]

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Asheville City Council approves design contract for planned Fire Station 13

    Design will move forward for a new fire station planned on a property at 316 Broadway St. near Mount Clare Avenue. At their Nov. 12 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized a $407,567 contract for expansion of design services of Fire Station 13 by Charlotte-based ADW Architects. The funding was already included in the City’s Capital Improvement [...]

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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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Paving, microsurfacing leads to 15 miles of resurfaced streets in Asheville this year 

  Fifteen miles of Asheville roads ride smoother, following the City’s 2019 bond and capital fund paving. And the City’s new Asphalt Preservation Project helped expand the number of streets maintained, while saving taxpayer dollars.   The process can be likened to sealing a deck instead of just letting it rot.   Instead of letting these [...]

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Asheville City Council approves multimodal improvements to enhance mobility and safety for residents

The Charlotte Street Road Diet will move forward, with construction expected in 2020. During their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a resolution appropriating $973,556.10 to Harrison Construction-Candler Division for the construction of improvements designed to enhance safety for multiple modes of transportation.   It was one of three multimodal items approved by Council during the [...]

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RADTIP construction reaches halfway mark

  The City of Asheville Capital Projects Department is happy to announce that the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is halfway done! The project should be complete summer 2020.   If you’ve traveled the area you will notice one of two  new roundabouts  are now open to traffic. The roundabout at Riverside and Lyman opened [...]

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City of Asheville invites Wood Avenue neighbors to meeting about sidewalk project

    The City of Asheville is moving forward with the Neighborhood Sidewalk Improvement program with the installation of a new 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of Wood Avenue in East Asheville. This neighborhood is southeast of the Asheville Mall area.     Residents are invited to attend a community informational meeting about the project from 5 to [...]

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Asheville City Council clears the way for ART Station renovation to begin

  Earlier this year, the City of Asheville announced a two-phase ART Transit Station improvement project. The first phase, completed in the first half of the year, replaced the stormwater drainage system in the bus travel lanes and sidewalk. The next phase, renovation of the ART Station itself, is about to begin!   At their July 23 meeting, [...]

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City Council invests in our community through capital improvement and bond project funding approval

Bond and capital projects approved by City Council July 23 reflect an array investments the City is making to provide for  a more pedestrian-safe community. They also incorporate a parks bond project, one of many park projects under way as part of the bond program that enrich our quality of life.   Under the consent agenda, Council [...]

City of Asheville to hold open house about New Leicester Highway sidewalk project

    Sidewalks are coming to New Leicester Highway as part of the City’s bond program. The City of Asheville will be building a sidewalk from New Leicester Highway at Patton Avenue out to the City limit around 396 New Leicester Highway.   No sidewalk currently exists in this area. Installation of a sidewalk will provide pedestrian safety in [...]

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Ribbon cutting set to celebrate bond-funded improvements at Tempie Avery Montford Center

  The City of Asheville is excited to announce a ribbon cutting to celebrate improvements to the Tempie Avery Montford Center, 34 Pearson Drive.  The event will take place at noon July 18. The bond-funded facility improvements began with a groundbreaking in July 2018 and include a new parking area and entry plaza, a new playground and [...]

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Residents invited to review Vermont Avenue sidewalk replacement design options

  As part of the bond projects initiative, the City of Asheville is preparing to replace sidewalks on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. This project focuses on pedestrian enhancements, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and crosswalk improvements.   During an October meeting, residents were invited to give feedback on design options for this project. Using that [...]

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Council approves design contracts for three bond-funded neighborhood sidewalks

    Three bond sidewalk projects will move forward, following May 14 Asheville City Council action to approve funding for right of way acquisition and additional design services.   Council authorized the City Manager to amend a design service agreement for sidewalk design services for Johnston Boulevard in West Asheville, New Haw Creek Road in East Asheville and Onteora [...]