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City of Asheville accepts significant donation for affordable housing from Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community

  In recognition of the City of Asheville’s commitment to the creation and expansion of affordable housing, a local organization decided to donate a quarter of a million dollars toward the effort. Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community is donating $250,000 to the Asheville Affordable Housing Trust to assist in the City’s efforts to increase the supply of [...]

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City of Asheville joins Buncombe County, MAHEC and Vaya for opiods community update

  According to recent statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, opioid overdose deaths across North Carolina dropped for the first time in five years; yet the numbers from Buncombe County tell a different story.   Opioid use and overdose continue to impact our community in a number of ways. We’ve made progress but [...]

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Ticketed event scheduled Saturday at Carrier Park

  The interior portion of Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 12, for a ticketed special event.   Park spaces outside the velodrome, including the picnic shelter, the ballfield and some open spaces will not be impacted. Use of the greenway will not be affected.   PostAnnouncementsNewsPress ReleasesCommunity and Economic DevelopmentParks and Recreation

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Asheville housing market report outlines challenges and gains

    The City of Asheville contracted a study to examine the housing market for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The study by Bowen National Research provides a high-level overview of the current market, including affordability issues, as well as areas of affordability that remain challenging for the region. The study points to many issues [...]

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City of Asheville to fund focused homeless street outreach effort

  Partnering with Homeward Bound, the City of Asheville will fund a full-time position to provide assertive street outreach for homeless populations not currently being served.   At their Sept. 24 meeting, City Council allocated $150,000 in the adopted Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget to Homeward Bound for homeless street outreach services. This will be used to [...]

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Asheville Special Events office launches monthly open houses

  Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Asheville will begin a series of monthly informal, open house/community meeting opportunities to meet with businesses and residents who are interested in producing special events within Asheville city limits. Whether the event is held on public or private property, indoors or outside, the objective is to help guide [...]

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Country superstar Kacey Musgraves plays 2 nights of sold-out shows in Asheville

    For the second night in a row, award-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves played a two-night stand of sold-out shows Sept. 16-17 at the U.S. Cellular Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.   She is the winner of six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards, and three Academy of Country Music Awards, including female Artist of the Year.  [...]

City launches Asheville Business Inclusion Office

  The City of Asheville’s Minority Business Program is now the Asheville Business Inclusion Office. The office will still help local minority businesses. The name change is to better reflect how we are moving forward with the equity work that the City is doing; we need to internally change the way we view race, ethnicity, and [...]

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Recap: Asheville City Council affordable housing worksession

  Asheville City Council held a worksession on affordable housing Sept. 6 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall. During the session, Council reviewed the realities of local affordable housing needs, barriers to building affordable housing and the role of the City as a partner. Staff and outside speakers presented information on how we move forward together [...]

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Community to receive update on Haywood Streetscape project during Sept. 5 meeting

  The Haywood Streetscape Improvement project continues to move forward.    This project includes sidewalk rehabilitation, street resurfacing, stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer improvements, and the sourcing, siting and installation of street amenities. An informational meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall (87 Haywood St., second floor) to share the [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold affordable housing worksession

  On Sept. 6, Asheville City Council will hold a worksession on affordable housing. The session will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.   The goal of the session is to review the realities of local affordable housing needs, barriers to building affordable housing and the [...]

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Urban Trail marker installed to recognize Rafael Guastavino and the Basilica of St. Lawrence 

    A new Urban Trail marker has just been installed in downtown Asheville to interpret architect Rafael Guastavino’s legacy and built works, including the Basilica of St. Lawrence with its signature free-standing dome. The marker — aka Guastavino’s Monument — will temporarily serve as station #12 on the Asheville Urban [...]

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CAYLA summer internships equip Asheville students for college and the workplace

  They’re heading back to school in a few days, but the 35 Asheville students who participated in the CAYLA program this summer take with them hands-on experience from paid internships that better prepare them for college and the workplace.   CAYLA stands for City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy. CAYLA recruits, trains and places local high [...]

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City of Asheville invests in affordable housing projects now under way

  The City of Asheville continues to move towards the creation of more affordable housing for those who want to live in and around Asheville. The City’s Community and Economic Development Department has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Mountain Housing Opportunities to create affordable housing.   Studies show that access to decent, affordable housing provides [...]

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City of Asheville asking for input on downtown public space management

    Downtown Asheville is buzzing with activity. The streets and sidewalks provide space for everyone and everything — from buskers and outdoor dining to shoppers, construction activity and more.   Since the City’s Downtown Master Plan was completed in 2009, there has been a lot of growth and increased activity downtown, including more demands [...]

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City Council approves Housing Trust Fund allocations that add affordable housing units

  Housing Trust Fund allocations approved July 23 by Asheville City Council will support the addition of affordable housing units in our community.   The allocations were made through the City’s Housing Trust Fund to support three projects. All three projects serve individuals and families with incomes under 60% of the Area Median Income. The Median household income [...]

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Visiting Artist Project: Community input/design workshops announced for Celebrating African-Americans Through Public Art project

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Art Ecologie and adé PROJECT, will host four community workshops to help in the completion of a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of THE BLOCK.  Residents are invited to become part of the artistic process. The final piece will be unveiled in September during the Goombay [...]