Grant Southside Center concept sketch
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 [...]

Charlotte Street road diet art
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, [...]

Wood Avenue street scene
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 [...]

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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 [...]