Downtown Cleanliness and Safety Update – March 2024

detour signs at pedestrian cross walks divert foot traffic as sidewalk works are carried out

There’s a lot underway to address the cleanliness and safety in downtown. If you want to be one of the first to know, we encourage you to sign up  to receive the newsletter.


Site Work Beginning for Downtown Restroom Project

At the February 13 City Council meeting, council members approved resolutions authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts for the purchase and installation of a prefabricated restroom outside of the Rankin Avenue parking garage.

In addition to the restroom facility, improvements will be made to the public space, including landscaping, new lighting and the installation of security cameras.

Tree pruning is taking place this week (week of March 25) and site construction is scheduled to begin on April 15, 2024.

Find more information about the project   and take a look at the map showing existing public restroom facilities .




Improvements to Sidewalks and Stormwater Systems Downtown

This month, work is underway on multiple projects downtown to improve the City’s sidewalk and stormwater infrastructure in order to enhance safety and accessibility for all. These projects include:

  • Sidewalk accessibility improvements on Patton Avenue between Asheland Avenue and Coxe Avenue. This work is being completed by an in-house public works crew. Work is currently taking place on the south side of the street; the north side will follow.  Just a reminder, as this work is carried out, shops and offices along that strip remain Open for Business!


  • The next phase of work for the Carter Ann Patton Stormwater project, including several new catch basins along with sidewalk reconstruction. There will be impacts to traffic during this and future phases of construction. 

Find more information about these projects .  



Q&A with Police Chief Mike Lamb

The Asheville Police Department recently posted a Q&A with Police Chief Mike Lamb on the Asheville Police Department Facebook Page.