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 Scaffolding and fencing to accompany Asheville City Hall belfry repair

  A project to repair the Asheville City Hall belfry roof begins this week. Workers will restore the original 1927 terracotta roof tiles and masonry. The belfry is the very top of the building – think pink tiles and chimes. Deliveries of scaffolding and fencing materials begin Nov. 9. Fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the building [...]

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Richmond Hill Park bond project completed

Asheville Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of another bond project that enriches the quality of life in our community.  Construction is complete on a new community picnic shelter and restroom facility at Richmond Hill Park, 280 Richmond Hill Drive.  Key features of this project include a covered picnic shelter, winterized restrooms, an [...]

City of Asheville Capital Projects Department launches two surveys on upcoming sidewalk improvements

Beginning Sept. 1, the City of Asheville is looking to engage residents on two sidewalk improvement projects. While the survey does not ask for preferences on the design, the comments collected will help staff understand nearby residents’ needs and concerns.    The sidewalk improvements will take place in east and west Asheville. The Capital Projects Department proposes [...]

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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]

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Solar energy systems to be installed on City of Asheville facilities as part of joint City-County renewable energy initiative

  On July 28, Asheville City Council approved the construction of onsite solar systems at five (5) City facilities. The five Asheville City sites are Wall Street Parking Deck, Burton Street Community Center, Shiloh Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 and Fire Station 11.    Collectively, this project will install a combined total of 259 kW of solar photovoltaic [...]

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Stormwater project to close portion of Kenilworth Road; resurfacing begins as well

  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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Closures coming up for pre-resurfacing construction on two street bond projects

  Short-term pain for long-term gain. Please keep that in mind during road closures coming up for two transportation bond projects. In March, the City of Asheville shared information regarding a general construction schedule for the Kenilworth Road and State Street bond projects. (Find that announcement at this link.) Now we’re getting closer [...]

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Road milling in advance of paving to begin on Charlotte Street this week

  The construction phase of the Charlotte Street road diet is underway and the timeline is being adjusted to do the work during the day rather than at night. There have been significant reductions in traffic volumes on Charlotte Street because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the City has worked with its contractor to revise the [...]

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Kenilworth and State Street bond projects move to construction phase, along with Old Toll Road repair

    Spring’s warmer weather brings not only longer days — it jumpstarts the City of Asheville’s ability to make sidewalk repairs in preparation for paving season. After a rainy winter that hampered Public Works installations, such as on stormwater systems, contractors are mobilizing for work on two major thoroughfares as part of the bond projects. Another project [...]

Asheville City Council approves greenway contracts for projects to be built this year

  Two greenway projects got a green light from Asheville City Council this week. At their Feb. 25, meeting Council approved execution of contracts for: The Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector Project; and  Construction of a Reed Creek Greenway Extension.   The Council action paves the way for both projects to happen this [...]

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Charlotte Street Road Diet construction begins

  Initial phase will be sidewalk work   The construction phase of the Charlotte Street road diet is scheduled to begin in February and continue through May.   The first phase of construction will entail a lane closure as contractors reconstruct portions of the sidewalk on the north end of Charlotte street near Edwin Place. Once complete, repaving of the [...]

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Jake Rusher Park Improvements to begin this spring

  South Asheville residents can look forward to improvements at Jake Rusher Park this year as the Jake Rusher Park bond project moves into the construction phase. At their Feb. 11 meeting, the Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to move forward with a $975,274 construction contract with Carolina Specialties Construction, a Hendersonville-based company. Located at 160 [...]

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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 [...]