Firestorm Bookstore, Steady Collective and City of Asheville reach agreement, notices of violation rescinded

We wanted to provide an update on the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective.   The City of Asheville has rescinded the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective at 610 Haywood Road. In August 2018, the City determined that the use of the syringe exchange program provided by Steady Collective in [...]

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City Council adopts resolution to launch bond-funded Down Payment Assistance Program

The City of Asheville affordable housing bond referendum seeks to make home ownership available to low and moderate income City residents and staff. City Council took a step toward making those funds available when they adopted a Down Payment Assistance Policy resolution during their Feb. 26 meeting.   Here is the resolution:  City of Asheville [...]

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Buncombe County/City of Asheville launch survey on renewable energy priorities

Share your priorities for implementing renewable energy.   In the past two years, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have both adopted renewable energy goals. The City and County have both committed to transition all government operations from fossil-fueled energy (coal, natural gas, propane, gasoline, etc.) to renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.) by 2030. Find information about the City’s [...]

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Development Services rolls out digital residential permit application and review tool

  Delivery of digital tools to make the permitting process more streamlined continues at the Asheville Development Services Department (DSD) with their latest release — an online application for residential building permits. Find it at develop.residentialplans.ashevillenc.gov.   Customers can now skip the lobby and submit residential permit applications online. The application links to helpful guidelines too, [...]

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Asheville City Council authorizes funds for ART Station renovation

ART bus riders can look forward to an improved transit station downtown in the next year.   At their Feb. 12 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a contract for the first phase of the renovation — the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk. This work is expected to [...]

Asheville seeking candidates for City Board of Education

  The Asheville City Council is advertising for interested individuals to apply for the Board of Education. One seat will be vacated by Board member James Lee, effective March 31, 2019, leaving an unexpired term until April 1, 2021. In addition, there are two seats expiring on April 1, 2019; Shaunda Sandford and Martha [...]

Asheville’s bike share study widens to include scooters, with the public invited to weigh in

The City of Asheville’s bike share feasibility initiative continues and has widened in scope to include consideration of electric scooters (also called e-scooters). Bike or e-scooter share is a way for someone to use a bike or scooter for a short time at a reasonable rate. Some bike share systems are station-based, like those in

USTA announces Asheville Fed Cup community events and kids clinics

  Local highlights: Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center is the first site to host consecutive Fed Cup ties in the U.S. in 12 years. Friday’s Fed Cup Official Draw Ceremony at noon in U.S. Cellular Center Lobby is open to the public. TV station WLOS-13 will air the Fed Cup matches in Asheville. Local kids involved in Asheville’s USTA clinics will [...]

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Public invited North Charlotte Street drop-in meetings about road diet and zoning evaluation

  The City of Asheville will host two meetings on February 19 for the community to learn about improvements planned for North Charlotte Street, including the road diet and zoning evaluation for the corridor. The meetings will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. A morning session will be held from 8:30 to [...]

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Insider’s guide to traffic/parking for Asheville’s Fed Cup

The 2019 Fed Cup brings international professional tennis competition returns to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center on Feb. 9-10 for the USA vs. Australia World Group First Round. The U.S. Tennis Association and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi have announced that No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 23 [...]

2019 Asheville Fed Cup participants announced

  Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Nicole Melichar to play First Round vs. Australia February 9-10 at U.S. Cellular Center   Local highlights: 2019 Fed Cup First Round vs. Australia happens Feb. 9-10 at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center.  The matchups and order of play for the weekend’s matches will be determined at an official draw ceremony set for noon Feb. 8 in the U.S. [...]

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