Asheville Transportation Department Director Ken Putnam has announced plans to retire from local government, effective January 1, 2024. Ken has been Director of the Transportation Department for the City since 2009 and has served in previous roles of City Traffic Engineer and Assistant Director of the Engineering and Transportation Department. He also serves as the [...]
New Federal Housing Administration policies expand financing for Accessory Dwelling Units, supporting the City of Asheville’s housing policy
The city announces that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) just released a new policy that now expands access to mortgage financing for homes that have or will include Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are also known as backyard cottages, mother-in-law suites, basement apartments, ancillary units, carriage houses, and garage apartments. The City of Asheville supports ADUs as a way to spur the development of more affordable housing options and promote diversity in the types of housing choices available for residents.
The Asheville Business Inclusion (ABI) office is excited to announce it will host a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) outreach event on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event welcomes all Minority- and Women-owned businesses operating in the construction trades or offering services related to construction. Attendance from Prime contractors seeking collaboration opportunities with MWBE vendors is highly encouraged.
The next meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2023. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. Please join us in person or virtually. Click on the agenda link to find out what's up for consideration and discussion
The Wall St Parking Garage is currently undergoing repairs and improvements to the facility. If you're looking for parking, check out our real time parking service website.
After a 60-day safety and cleanliness initiative in the spring of 2023, City departments continued focused efforts to support a safe and welcoming downtown and are collaborating on new ways to deliver and track services with maximum impact. Are you interested in following our progress? Sign up for monthly updates here.
The Homelessness Division of the City of Asheville Community and Economic Development Department invites members of the public to join them for an informative learning series focused on homelessness in our community. Individual sessions can be attended in either November and/or December. The series offers community members the opportunity to learn more about the causes, responses, and actions that surround the homelessness issue in Asheville and the region.
Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center is a former school for Black children that was converted to public recreation use in the 1970s. Even before its adaptive reuse, it acted as the center of the Shiloh community with theatre productions, meetings, and athletic events taking place within and around the outside of its walls.
From October 22 – November 27, 2023, the final Art in the Heart project, Letters to my Children, will be on display in the median of Pack Square Plaza. Art in the Heart was part of the engagement efforts surrounding the Pack Square Plaza Visioning and Improvements Project which looked [...]
The Community Reparations Commission has been meeting since April of 2022 to develop short, medium, and long term recommendations. A batch of draft recommendations has been released. The recommendations align with the five impact focus areas of the commission: housing, economic development, criminal justice, education, and health & wellness. These draft recommendations are [...]
The Code Purple program kicks off this year on October 15, 2023 and runs through April 30, 2024.
In 2016, Asheville voters approved a $17 million bond referendum for major improvements to parks and community centers throughout the city. Most of these neighborhood investments are complete, increasing opportunities for community members to explore, connect, and discover.
The Broadway Public Safety Station on Broadway Street, even though not officially open yet, it is producing solar energy. This is the seventh City facility to include renewable energy production. The Broadway Public Safety Station will produce approximately 77,386 kilowatt hours per year, enough electricity to power 7 homes.
Director of Parks and Recreation D. Tyrell McGirt talks about the city’s comprehensive plan for public leisure spaces and recreation programs. He and Sam discuss how the plan will help guide the department’s decisions for the next 10-15 years to connect, fix, build, and preserve recreation programs and parkland. You can get involved as the department has invited community members to share innovative ideas at Recreate Asheville workshops and online at RecreateAsheville.com now through November 20, 2023.
Asheville Asks: Does the new NC state budget provision on plastic bags impact Asheville’s leaf collection ordinance?
Does the recent North Carolina state budget provision addressing the use of plastic bags impact Asheville's new leaf collection ordinance that went into effect August 1, 2023? The quick answer is no, but expand this article for a fuller explanation and a reminder of good practices.
The next meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2023. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. Please join us in person or virtually. Click on the agenda link to find out what's up for consideration and discussion.
Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) brings ghoulish greetings with its annual Festival of Frights starting on October 21. The series of events includes a toddler costume party, nighttime skating, creepy climbing, and trips through a haunted castle, a greenhouse of horror, and a trail of treats.