Asheville City Council passes FY23 budget with key investments in top priorities.

At its June 28 meeting Asheville City Council passed the City Managers recommended budget with a 6 to 1 vote.  The $217 million budget is based on internal work, community input and Council priorities, and reflects the long term strategies and continuation of the reimagining public safety process. 

City of Asheville says farewell to one of the last manual elevators in North Carolina

It’s an icon of the last century,  City Hall’s last manual elevator.  One of the last of its kind in North Carolina, the City honored Asheville’s past throughout the restoration, undertaking the task of making the bank of three elevator cabs safe, modernized,  and ready to face the next century.  Caretakers of our community’s past Asheville City Hall [...]

City of Asheville announces upcoming construction work on Carter, S. Ann and Patton (CAPS) this summer

  The City of Asheville Public Works Stormwater Division will be launching construction on a project to improve stormwater drainage in the areas of Carter St, S. Ann St and Patton Ave summer of 2022.   The project will bring much needed flood and run-off relief to the area, as well as allowing the City to undertake general [...]

Asheville Fire Department hosts Hose Uncoupling Ceremony at Fire Station 4

The Asheville Fire Department hosted a Hose Uncoupling Ceremony (ribbon cutting) at Fire Sation #4 on May 18 to celebrate the renovations and opening of the station.  Previously, the Asheville Fire Department’s Fire Station #4 shared operational facilities with Skyland Fire & Rescue. Due to the need for both departments to expand,  AFD initiated a renovation [...]

Community invited to groundbreaking for community center expansion on April 28

Asheville Parks & Recreation invites community members to celebrate the expansion of Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr., Southside Community Center (285 Livingston Street) during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, April 28. Brief remarks from Mayor Esther Manheimer, Parks & Recreation Director D. Tyrell McGirt, and a student from the after school program begin promptly at [...]

City of Asheville open for public input about upcoming sidewalk improvements at New Haw Creek Road

  The City of Asheville would like to engage residents on a sidewalk improvement project in northeast Asheville.  The New Haw Creek Road Sidewalk Project is one of several transportation projects prioritized by City residents during public outreach for the 2016 capital improvements bond referendum.   The City proposes to construct nearly one mile of [...]

City of Asheville issues Call for Artists for new Broadway Public Safety Station

The City of Asheville is building a new, environmentally conscious (LEED certified) Public Safety Station just north of downtown at 316 Broadway Street in the 5 Points neighborhood, near UNC-Asheville. A Call for Artists has been issued to find an artist or artist team for a public art project at the new building. Opportunities for [...]

Real Time Data from new solar installations

City of Asheville shares data from new solar installations at Fire Station 11 and Burton Street Community Center   Recently the City of Asheville “flipped the switch” on the photovoltaic arrays, commonly known as solar panels, at Fire Station 11 on Rocky Ridge Road and at the Burton Street Community Center on Burton Street. These are the [...]

City of Asheville Capital Projects Department wants your thoughts about the upcoming sidewalk improvements

The City of Asheville is looking to engage residents on the sidewalk improvement projects along Johnston Boulevard  between Patton Avenue and Iona Circle ( in the vicinity of Roger Farmer Memorial Park), on the south side of Johnston Boulevard.  The comments collected will help staff understand nearby residents' needs and concerns. We encourage you to review the project details provided as well as the design maps and provide any comments or ask any questions you have.

City of Asheville requests public input on sidewalk improvements on Vermont Avenue

  The City of Asheville is asking for public input on sidewalk improvements along Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. The project will address approximately 1,200 lineal feet of existing severely damaged sidewalk and replace it with new  Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant concrete sidewalk along Vermont Avenue between Haywood Road to just south of Olney [...]

City of Asheville to host groundbreaking event for new Public Safety Station on Broadway Street

  The City of Asheville is pleased to host a groundbreaking event for a new Public Safety Station at 316 Broadway Street in north Asheville at 10 a.m. October 18. This facility will be home to Fire Station 13, a Police Substation, the relocated Emergency Operations Center, and a small community conference room.   Brief comments will be [...]

Playable art is coming to Jake Rusher Park; community is invited to virtually meet the artist

    Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022.    Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece which will be placed in the park near [...]

French Broad River West Greenway construction gets under way

    Construction for the French Broad River West Greenway is under way! This greenway will extend from the southern end of the French Broad River Park near the dog park to the existing greenway under the Haywood Road bridge.  Current activities include surveying, soil and sedimentation protection and preliminary grading. Part of the preliminary grading work includes [...]

City of Asheville invites community to celebrate completion of River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

    Spring is here and the City of Asheville’s largest piece of riverfront construction — the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) — is just about complete. It’s time to celebrate the past 10+ years of work that our community’s artists, businesses, nonprofit organizations and public institutions have done to transform this section of the [...]

Window replacement and upgrades, concrete repairs coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

  Beginning in April, all windows around the concourse of the arena of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville will be replaced and upgraded from single-pane to double-paned glass. The 1970s era windows in the facility are known to leak during heavy rains, are difficult to maintain and are not energy efficient. Upgrading to double-pane windows is [...]

Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year

  Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.   Residents can look forward to advances in [...]