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Asheville to waive some fees to help support local businesses during State of Emergency

  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor dining, a-frame signage, push carts, and associated trade permits. Many [...]

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Asheville Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME applications now open

Virtual assistance available for applicants   The City of Asheville’s Community Development (CD) Department is now accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME, “Home Investment Partnerships Program” program.  The deadline for applications is 5 p.m Feb. 5, 2021.    Community Development Staff is happy to offer virtual assistance during the month of January  (from Jan. [...]

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AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue in 2021

  In response to the pandemic, earlier this year the City of Asheville created its AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion initiatives to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with public health COVID-19 guidelines. Launched in spring 2020, its initial trial period was extended from Oct. [...]

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City of Asheville shares Code Purple resources

  With temperatures going down into the 20s this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has called a Code Purple for people who need shelter. Starting Dec. 1, shelter was made available at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., for about 30 men and up to 20 women and children. This is in partnership with Western Carolina Rescue [...]

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Public comment on City of Asheville Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) now open

  The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Department has published the Draft Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) on the City website for public comment.     The City’s Community Development Division within CED reports on accomplishments and progress towards the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan goals in the CAPER.   The [...]

City of Asheville reminds businesses about safety requirements to operate outdoors 

More businesses and organizations are operating outdoors this year, due to COVID-19. The City of Asheville reminds those with outdoor areas to do their part to operate safely. Beyond wearing a mask and other public health measures, businesses that choose to operate outdoors must follow all building and fire-safety codes while using equipment like heaters [...]

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City of Asheville shares resources for people experiencing homelessness during Code Purple

  With temperatures going down into the 20s this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has called a Code Purple for people who need shelter. Starting Dec. 1, shelter will be available at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., for about 30 men and up to 20 women and children. This is in partnership with Western Carolina Rescue [...]

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Haywood Streetscape Project complete in time for the holidays

  The City of Asheville is happy to announce the completion of the Haywood Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvement project, which features expanded public sidewalk space and improved pedestrian access and amenities. The project, which took 10 months of construction, included sewer and water line upgrades in the Haywood Street vicinity (including College Street, Walnut Street and Rankin [...]

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One week left for public comment on City of Asheville’s draft 5-Year Consolidated Plan 

    After more than a year of community engagement and study, the City of Asheville Department of Community and Economic Development is ready to release the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 5-Year Consolidated Plan. Still in final draft form, the Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing [...]

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City of Asheville would like community input on Race and Gender Policy business handbook

    At their Oct. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council adopted a new race and gender-conscious policy.     Why have this policy Small businesses are the backbone of the Asheville economy. The vast majority of local employers are small private firms, and many are minority-, women-, and veteran-owned. Strengthening opportunities for small and diverse businesses strengthens [...]

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Community Development to hold informational meetings about Block Grant program

  The City of Asheville annually awards Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as part of a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding for a variety of projects and programs that serve low- and moderate-income residents.   The City of Asheville Community Development Division administers these funds and has set informational meetings on [...]

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AVL Shares Space extended to Jan. 3 with winter guidelines

    The City of Asheville will be extending the AVL Shares Space initiatives through Jan. 3, 2021, in order to continue providing businesses and organizations with opportunities to expand outdoors during COVID-19. In addition to the extension, new guidelines are being provided to participants that address winter-related accommodations and safety requirements.    The goals [...]

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Asheville launches affordable housing initiative shaped by Harvard research 

  Program is designed to help landlords make providing affordable housing more feasible   Twenty-five landlords in Asheville now have a chance to be part of an innovative solution to the affordable housing crisis in our area.      Thrive Asheville, an initiative of UNC Asheville that brings together local community advocates, policymakers, and professionals from diverse perspectives to find equitable solutions [...]

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Complete the Census to preserve federal funds for Asheville, Buncombe County

  Currently, North Carolina is severely undercounted in the 2020 Census. We are on track to lose $7.4 billion in federal funding annually. These are our tax dollars — hard earned and rightfully ours — and this funding is critical. The only way to access that money is to be fully counted. Here’s what it will affect: Roads [...]

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City of Asheville launches shared streets and parklet programs

  The City of Asheville is continuing to support economic recovery by allowing businesses and organizations to use public and private properties more flexibly to align with public health guidelines.   As businesses, particularly restaurants, continue to work through capacity constraints and physical distancing guidelines, the City has launched Parklets and Shared Streets as tools to temporarily create [...]

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Fire damages affordable housing construction site and Aston Park Tennis Center

  On June 19, there was a fire at 360 Hilliard Ave. The location is the site of an affordable housing development under construction and slated to open later this year.    In June 2019, Asheville City Council voted to sell the land in support of an affordable housing mixed-income residential development. Local developer Kassinger Development Group [...]

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Asheville Downtown Association to host virtual Fourth of July Celebration showcasing local musicians and venues

Featured artists announced   The Asheville Downtown Association will host a virtual Independence Day Celebration on the Fourth of July. Set to begin at 4 p.m., the online concert event is presented by Ingles Markets, with support from Explore Asheville, and produced in partnership with the City of Asheville. Featured artists include:   BoogiTherapi with Ryan RNB Barber – funk [...]