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City Council sets public hearing to consider hotel moratorium

  Asheville City Council passed a motion Tuesday setting a Sept. 24 public hearing to consider a temporary moratorium on hotel development approvals within the City of Asheville. This moratorium would place a temporary hold on hotel development in Asheville for up to one year.   In a Sept. 10 presentation to Council, City Attorney Brad Branham and [...]

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Aston Park tennis court to be named for Lewis Isaac

  A fixture on the Asheville tennis scene and former City employee will be recognized for his dedication to both.   At their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to name Court 1 at Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave., in memory of the late Lewis Isaac.   Isaac was a longtime City of Asheville employee. Following his [...]

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Asheville City Council approves multimodal improvements to enhance mobility and safety for residents

The Charlotte Street Road Diet will move forward, with construction expected in 2020. During their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a resolution appropriating $973,556.10 to Harrison Construction-Candler Division for the construction of improvements designed to enhance safety for multiple modes of transportation.   It was one of three multimodal items approved by Council during the [...]

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City of Asheville launches easy-to-use Utility Express Pay portal for your Combined Utility Statement

  Paying your City of Asheville Combined Utility Statement just got a whole lot easier. The City has launched a new online payment portal, Utility Express Pay. The enhanced portal now features: Fast and easy registration; A way to schedule recurring payments; Acceptance of debit, credit and eChecks; Paperless billing;  A place to review past bills and payments; and Ability to view 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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City of Asheville staff invite community to Noise Ordinance revisions update

    Learn about data collected through extensive public process and next steps    As Asheville continues to develop and grow, the City has recognized the need to revisit and update the current municipal Noise Ordinance. Led by the Development Services Department, City staff have conducted extensive public engagement efforts this year.    The public process included outreach to neighborhood groups, the [...]

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City of Asheville to hold 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

  The City of Asheville will hold a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the City Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza. This event is to pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others, and to remember those who helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed [...]

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Final installments for N. Fork Transmission Waterline Bypass Project happen this month

    Having received recent questions from media and the public regarding a discolored water event that happened in the spring, the City of Asheville wants to let everyone know that, in September, the final leg of the North Fork Waterline Bypass Project will occur. We also want to share the schedule, plus information about additional measures [...]

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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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City of Asheville offices closed for Labor Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, including the Sanitation Office, trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Sept. 2. However, there will be no brush collection.  Anyone with a collection issue should call the Customer Service line [...]

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Team to craft concept plan for City-owned properties at Haywood Street and Page Avenue

    At their Aug. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized City staff to enter into a contract to create a design plan to redevelop City-owned properties at Haywood Street and Page Avenue.   The services provided by the Nelson Byrd Woltz team will include architecture,  landscape architecture, real estate analysis, community engagement, civil engineering, urban planning, including transportation  [...]

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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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Asheville City Council authorizes purchase of hybrid and diesel buses while staff continues to evaluate electric bus technology  

    The City of Asheville will buy seven new hybrid and diesel buses for the ART fleet, following Aug. 27 action by City Council to authorize their purchase.   In 2018, the City received $5.7 million in federal grant funds from the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization to buy new transit buses. The City match for the [...]

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Transit Master Plan year-one implementation to deliver a 25% increase in service, triggering contract amendment

  In the adopted Fiscal Year 2020 budget, Asheville City Council allocated an additional $1.2 million in funds to support year-one implementation of the Transit Master Plan. The funding is intended to focus on improvements to on-time performance, customer service and fleet maintenance, including 20,400 new service hours (to start in [...]

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Development Services Permit Application Center recently remodeled

  If you have been to the Public Works building recently you likely noticed some changes. The Development Services Permit Application Center (PAC) lobby has gone through a complete remodel to better serve customers and improve efficiency in this work space. Improvements for customers and staff include: Creation of two self-serve kiosks where customers can access DSD’s online services [...]

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Attention bus riders! ART Bus Station renovation to begin

  With the bus travel lane stormwater project completed earlier this year, the second phase of the improvements to the ART Bus Station, 49 Coxe Ave., are about to begin. That is the renovation of the lobby/ticketing area!   This will include a complete renovation of the interior of the station lobby/ticketing area as the first phase of [...]

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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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