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The City announces November and December artist schedule of Art in the Heart and opportunities to engage

  A new line up of Art in the Heart artworks and experiences will be in Pack Square Plaza for November and December 2022. A final schedule for January-March artists will be released subsequently. To learn more about the artists and their projects, please visit    Images and videos of completed projects have been, and will [...]

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The City’s Planning and Urban Design Department publishes the African American Heritage Resource Survey

The City of Asheville’s Planning & Urban Design Department, which oversees the joint City/County Historic Preservation Program, identified in recent years the imperative need for documentation of African American heritage resources within the city, and as a result initiated an architectural survey of historic resources specifically related to Asheville’s historically Black neighborhoods. After [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County postpone Art in Heart kick off due to weather

Pardon our Delay! Due to weather conditions this weekend, the kick off for Art in the Heart will be delayed. But don't worry, you'll still get a chance to see all the exciting art and local artists participating in the program.  Please keep checking our website, as we will update it with the new schedule.  

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Who’s up this week on What’s up AVL! – Planning and Urban Design Staff

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville sits down with Stephanie Dahl and Karli Stephenson from the Planning and [...]

Art in the Heart: Call for Artists Application Deadline Extended until August 1, 2022

Updated Deadline for applications The deadline for applications for Art in the Heart has been extended to August 1, 2022. Existing applications will be reviewed and notified of the change in dates.   Call for applications  In partnership with the Friends of Buncombe County Special Collections and Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission, the City is kicking off [...]

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Update on the City of Asheville’s recommendation for the NCDOT’s planned Merrimon Avenue resurfacing project.

  The Asheville City Council will consider entering into an agreement with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that supports the Department’s vision for the future of sections of Merrimon Avenue.  The multi-modal alternative was developed through a collaborative partnership between the City of Asheville and NCDOT, and began with a request from the City to study [...]

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Charlotte Street “Road Diet” analysis shows continued improvements

Summary The Charlotte Street Road Diet continues to show signs of success since its implementation in 2019.  The second year of “Post-Implementation” analysis reveals that the project has reduced traffic speeds, increased bike use, and reduced the number of automobile collisions on Charlotte Street with no indication of increased cut-through traffic on the side streets.  Background In 2019, [...]

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City of Asheville holds public engagement to consider changes to Merrimon Ave

The City of Asheville is reviewing a proposal to reconfigure Merrimon Avenue as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s upcoming resurfacing project. The consideration under review is whether to implement a four-lane to three-lane conversion between I-240 and Midland Road (at Beaver Lake), in order to improve safety for all users and to support equitable mobility. 

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City and County kick off next steps for the future of Pack Square Plaza

The City of Asheville and Buncombe County are partnering to document the community’s vision for the future of Pack Square Plaza, including the site where the Vance Monument was previously located, and we need a talented Project Manager to help make that happen. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Project Manager RFP is Friday, February 11. Interested parties can find the advertisement on the City’s bid page.

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Update: Proposed Open Space zoning updates postponed

Update, January 5 The agenda item, open spaces, has been pulled from the January 5 Planning and Zoning meeting agenda.    Original post, January 3 The City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design is bringing development-related zoning updates to the Planning & Zoning Commission at 5 p.m. January 5 and then to the City [...]

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