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Asheville 2019 in review: Electric buses, election format, red pandas and more

  With 2019 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government advanced in 2019. Read about the Asheville Police Department’s accomplishments for 2019 at this link. We’ll have 2020 initiatives to look [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

  ART bus suspended on Dec. 25, runs on holiday schedule New Year’s Day   Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.   ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting [...]

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Haywood Streetscape construction to begin in early January 

    Fresh updates about this improvement project    The Haywood Streetscape Improvement Project continues to move forward, with construction scheduled to begin the week of January 6 and be completed by the end of September (see phased schedule below). The project schedule was determined with multiple factors considered and input from various parties — most specifically those directly [...]

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Asheville Police Department to add patrol district, realign existing districts in 2020

  Beginning in January 2020, the Asheville Police Department (APD) will add a new patrol district, as well as realign existing patrol districts. These changes will directly impact APD’s ability to deliver public safety services citywide through improved response times, increased community policing efforts, and enhanced relationships with community stakeholders.   In response to increasing calls for service [...]

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City of Asheville announces recipients of racial healing mini grants

  The City of Asheville is glad to announce the recipients of the first Asheville racial healing mini-grants. The City received 34 applications, of those eight were selected. The intent of the racial healing grants are to invest in projects already established in the community. The mini-grants represent a total community investment of almost $40,000.   The following [...]

Community invited to meet finalists for Asheville Police Chief

  The City of Asheville invites the community to meet the final candidates for the next chief of the Asheville Police Department.    In partnership with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) consultants, a nationwide search was performed and the candidate pool has been narrowed.    Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17,  on the First [...]

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City of Asheville completes Tunnel Road portion of waterline project, just in time for holiday traffic

  A two-block stretch of Tunnel Road is finally free of construction, just in time for holiday shopping at Asheville Mall and the surrounding area.   Shortly before Thanksgiving, the contractor working for Asheville Water Resources put the final pavement down on this part of Tunnel Road, roughly between Waffle House, 171 Tunnel Road, to just past Asheville Terrace Apartments, [...]

City of Asheville partners with Habitat to provide affordable homes

  At a Sept. 6 City Council worksession on affordable housing, experts and City leaders said partnerships are a key component to moving forward as a community on this issue. Several times this past year, the City’s Community and Economic Development Department has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Mountain Housing Opportunities [...]

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Asheville City Council takes step to spread bond costs over longer term at lower rate

  On Nov. 8, 2016, Asheville voters approved three bond referendums: $32 million for transportation projects, $25 million for affordable housing projects and $17 million for Parks projects.   Since the inception of the bond program, City of Asheville projects have including enhancements such as resurfaced streets and sidewalks; investments in affordable housing; and improvements to parks, including [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces Holiday Camp for children and teens

  Spend your holidays with us!  Asheville Parks & Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Camp for youth and teens in grades kindergarten through middle school. Camps are located at the Tempie Avery Montford Center, 34 Pearson Drive, and Stephens-Lee Community Center. 30 George Washington Carver Ave.     Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23, [...]

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NAMI Western Carolina Awards Asheville Police Officer with Distinguished Award

  On Dec. 5, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Carolina affiliate awarded the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year for 2019. The Asheville Police Department (APD) is honored that NAMI WC recognized Senior Police Officer (SPO) Justin Booth.   SPO Booth has been with the Asheville Police Department since 2008. He is an [...]

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WNC Nature Center to host Winter’s Tail holiday celebration

  Join us for the WNC Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration: A Winter’s Tail!  This merry event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14.   There will be festive crafts, games and of course, animal programs!   Activities will include: Photos with Santa (Noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.) Animal enrichment programs, including a special unveiling [...]

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City of Asheville publishes Affordable Housing Guide

    One of the most significant barriers to economic prosperity for America’s lowest-income families is the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable homes. Research shows that when people have stable homes that they can afford, they are better able to find employment, achieve economic mobility, age in place, perform better in school, and maintain improved health.    The [...]

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Get ready to stop in all directions on Depot Street

  An all-way stop is coming to a congested intersection in the River Arts District. The Asheville Transportation Department will install a new all-way stop at the intersection of Depot and Bartlett streets. “The installation will include adding stop signs to the Depot Street approaches with LED flashing borders and a crosswalk across Depot Street and Bartlett Street,” [...]

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