Vermont Ave scene
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 [...]

Children walking on a sidewalk
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 [...]

Exterior of the U.S. Cellular Center entrance
U.S. Cellular Center renovation marches forward

  Recent improvements to Asheville’s largest convention and entertainment venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, have included addition of flexible theater seating in the arena, a new sound and lighting setup and conversion of a storage room into a press / meeting room. Now the facility’s aging HVAC system will come into the modern age.   It was last [...]

Drawings of Richmond Hill Park improvements to be shared at community event

Schematic drawings of the renovations to Richmond Hill Park will be shared with the community from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the park, 300 Richmond Hill Drive. Residents may drop in to see the plans showing proposed improvements including a shelter, a play area and restroom facilities.   Richmond Hill Park is a popular destination park in northwest Asheville [...]

Multiple Asheville paving projects get under way this spring

Bond and Capital projects combine for increased resurfacing of City streets   The month of March brings highly anticipated warmer weather and the first day of spring. For Asheville Public Works, this spring also ushers in paving season as never before. Thanks to the bond referendum passed by Asheville voters in November 2016, the City’s investment in many [...]

City of Asheville 2018 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 Asheville City government initiatives in 2018. We couldn’t get the list down to 10 items so here are a dozen to look for in the coming year.       New, more diverse City Council   Asheville City Council 2018: Standing, left to right, are Keith Young, [...]

City of Asheville earns Moody’s Aaa bond rating

Recently, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the City of Asheville’s general obligation bonded debt credit rating from Aa1 to Aaa [sic], the highest rating they award. Standard & Poor’s, upgraded the City’s general obligation bonds from AA+ to AAA in August 2015. This second upgrade places Asheville with some of the most financially well-managed cities in the [...]