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New mural coming to Wall Street stairwell in downtown Asheville

  A new temporary mural will soon be installed on the public stairwell connecting Battery Park and Wall Street. The project, set to start Monday evening, is being done through an agreement between the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and the City of Asheville.   The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation is funding and managing the installation and maintenance of [...]

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Hilliard Avenue affordable housing project to move forward under new agreement

  Asheville City Council on June 11 voted to sell City land at 360 Hilliard Ave. in support of an affordable housing/mixed use residential development. This vote will add 34 new affordable apartments in our community, in a downtown location close to jobs and community amenities.   Local developer Kassinger Development Group is working with the City on [...]

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City of Asheville opens survey about public art in the River Arts District

      The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the first of five public art projects for the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) area. The first project, “Viewpoint” will be a sign featuring a quote (aka a viewpoint) from a well-known writer whose words embody the spirit [...]

City issues call for artists for River Arts District public art project

  The City is continuing to implement the River Arts District (RAD) Public Art Plan.   The City of Asheville and the Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) seek qualified artists to submit Letters of Interest in becoming one of three artists asked to submit proposals for a project called Playful Art. When complete, Playful Art will provide [...]

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Families invited to Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab activities in the River Arts District

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with the River Arts District businesses and artists and LEAF Community Arts, wants to inclusively bring families in the community together through art. During this summer, families in Asheville are invited to visit the Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab in the River Arts District.   Family-friendly art events will be held [...]

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Asheville City Council votes to accept Civic Center naming rights proposal from Harrah’s Cherokee

  Asheville City Council voted 6 to 1 May 28 to accept an offer for a 5- to 10-year naming rights agreement with Harrah’s Cherokee for the Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville. The new agreement will replace the existing contract with U.S. Cellular that expires December 31, 2019. The vote concludes a year-long effort to explore [...]

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Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

  The City of Asheville and Buncombe County will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage, Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park.   The ceremony will feature short readings by Brothers Like These veterans that will recount their real-life experiences in service. Major General Rick Devereaux, US Air [...]

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Connect with down payment resources, lenders and realtors at Asheville Home Ownership Fair

  The City of Asheville will hold a Home Ownership Fair from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Stephens Lee Center gymnasium, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Come learn about resources available to help you and your family become homeowners in Asheville.   At the fair, residents can learn about the City’s down payment assistance program, [...]

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City’s Youth Leadership Academy class recognized and encouraged by Mayor

    Going to college, getting guidance on how to get there and intern experience along the way form key components of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, also known as CAYLA. At City Council’s April 23 meeting, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer recognized the 38 CAYLA participants from this year’s class. It’s a proud [...]

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City Council gives go-ahead for lease agreement with Buncombe County for new East Asheville Library

    East Asheville will get a new library — in its same location — following action by Asheville City Council to authorize a land lease to Buncombe County for the library.   During their April 9 meeting, Council voted to authorize a 99-year lease of 1.8 acres of property at 902-904 Tunnel Road for $1 per year. Buncombe [...]

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Video: Asheville’s Down Payment Assistance Program explained

The City of Asheville affordable housing bond referendum seeks to make home ownership available to low and moderate income city residents and staff. City Council took a step toward making those funds available when they adopted a Down Payment Assistance Policy resolution during their Feb. 26 meeting. Adoption of the policy paves the way for the [...]

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City Council adopts resolution to launch bond-funded Down Payment Assistance Program

The City of Asheville affordable housing bond referendum seeks to make home ownership available to low and moderate income City residents and staff. City Council took a step toward making those funds available when they adopted a Down Payment Assistance Policy resolution during their Feb. 26 meeting.   Here is the resolution:  City of Asheville [...]

2019 Asheville Fed Cup participants announced

  Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Nicole Melichar to play First Round vs. Australia February 9-10 at U.S. Cellular Center   Local highlights: 2019 Fed Cup First Round vs. Australia happens Feb. 9-10 at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center.  The matchups and order of play for the weekend’s matches will be determined at an official draw ceremony set for noon Feb. 8 [...]

Asheville holiday lights expand to Biltmore Village, Pritchard Park

  The City of Asheville is excited to announce it will partner with local organizations to expand the holiday lights program, newly named Local Lights.   The purpose of the program is to encourage families to visit commercial districts during the holiday season to eat, shop and enjoy holiday festivities.   The N.C. Arboretum continues to curate and install the displays, in tradition with [...]