Firestorm Bookstore, Steady Collective and City of Asheville reach agreement, notices of violation rescinded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   The City of Asheville has rescinded the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective at 610 Haywood Road.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 […]

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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 Down […]

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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 […]

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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 Danielle Collins, No. […]

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Asheville City Council rezones Patton Avenue property for new type of Duke Energy substation

Asheville City Council cleared the way for a new Duke Energy substation with a vote to rezone portions of 252 Patton Ave. and 28 Knoxville Place, during Council’s Jan. 22 meeting.   Duke has proposed the construction of a gas-insulated, high-voltage switchgear (or GIS) substation on the parcel that formerly served as a car dealership on the […]

Reminder: Fines for Asheville parking infractions increase Feb. 1

A new parking violations fine schedule will go into effect Feb. 1, 2019. Approved by City Council Nov. 27, the parking fine increases include the following:         Overtime parking at metered or non-metered spaces will go from $10 to $20.         A second or subsequent violation within a 24-hour period will rise from $20 to $40.         Loading/unloading […]

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Registration opens for APD’s Spring Citizens Police Academy

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the Spring semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand […]

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Asheville Fire Department accepting applications for Citizens Fire Academy

The Asheville Fire Department is accepting applications for its Citizens Fire Academy, which will start March 27.   The academy lasts nine consecutive weeks consisting of three hour classes held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with an additional day for graduation.   The Citizens Fire Academy teaches adult residents 18 years and older about […]

UPDATED – Public Works treats icy road conditions in spots, some ART routes closed or detoured. Monday routes on Holiday schedule.

Local roads have ice forming on them with a light dusting of snow.  Asheville Streets Division is out treating icy roads as needed with straight rock salt at this time. Please be careful if you venture out.   Currently, Duke Energy is reporting approximately 375 structure affected by power outages in the Asheville area.   The […]

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City Council approves measure to control property tax collection costs

Controlling costs is not only smart for your budget, it’s also a fiscally responsible practice when it comes to managing taxpayer dollars.   A new agreement between Asheville and Buncombe County authorized by Asheville City Council during its Jan. 8 meeting reorders a property tax collection agreement. This change will help the City better plan […]

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Come learn about planned Swannanoa Greenway at Winter Warmer Celebration of Asheville Greenway programs

Come learn about preliminary studies for the Swannanoa Greenway during a Winter Warmer Celebration of Asheville Greenway Programs from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway.   This will be the first greenway in east Asheville. Members of the Asheville Greenway Committee will be there there to share information […]