2017 in review: Bonds and RADTIP get off the ground, equity initiative begins and more

With 2017 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville initiatives and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government got off the ground in 2017. We’ll have 2018 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Bond projects began In November 2016, Asheville voters approved $74 million [...]

RADTIP southern section greenway construction work to begin in new year

In 2017, the City of Asheville broke ground on the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project, known as RADTIP. You may have noticed greenway installation work along Riverside Drive between Jean Webb Park and the Craven Street Bridge. In early January, construction on the southern end of the RADTIP greenway will begin along Lyman [...]

City of Asheville announces holiday closings

  ART bus service suspended on Dec. 25, to operate on new holiday schedule Jan. 1   Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 22, 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 [...]

Asheville’s ART bus service expands Sunday service, evening hours

  In 2018, many of our ART buses will run later into the evening. And Sunday/holiday service will extend to all routes. On Jan. 1, eight Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) bus routes will add hours to their routes, thanks to additional funding approved by Asheville City Council (see schedule below). How did City staff determine the best way [...]

Asheville ‘Festivals & Events’ guide connects small businesses to vending opportunities

  Asheville hosts a wide variety of special events and festivals across the City’s outdoor public spaces. A new booklet, “City of Asheville Outdoor Public Space 2018 Festivals & Events,” serves as a guide to 70 of the 200 or so of them. But it’s more than a listing of what to do on weekends in [...]

Demolition paves way for affordable housing project

Demolition on City-owned property to make way for affordable housing on Hilliard Avenue has begun. In June, Asheville City Council voted to approve a 64-unit apartment complex project aimed at alleviating the city’s severe lack of affordable housing. Quality, affordable housing is a key goal in City Council’s 2036 Vision statement. The resolution authorized lease of City-owned property by Kassinger [...]

As Asheville temps dip chances of frozen pipes rise

With overnight lows predicted in the 20s and teens some nights this week, the Asheville Water Resources Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect their pipes from freezing. In an emergency, however, the Water Resources Department is available 24/7. The City does not assist customers with indoor plumbing issues but can cut off the water [...]

Asheville Mayor, councilmembers sworn into office

Surrounded by her family, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer takes her oath of office for her second term Dec. 5, 2017.     Re-elected Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and three councilmembers were sworn into office Dec. 5 in City Hall’s Council Chambers.  These included re-elected councilwoman Gwen Wisler and newly elected councilmembers Sheneika Smith and Vijay Kapoor.   After the Pledge of Allegiance, Assistant [...]

New sod coming to Pack Square Park

      In an ongoing effort to keep the Roger McGuire Green…well, GREEN, the City of Asheville is going to resod Pack Square Park in December this year instead of January. Work will begin Dec. 4 to replace sod on the Roger McGuire Green and Reuter Terrace in Pack Square Park. The sod that was replaced in winter 2017 [...]

Bond project highlight: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

    What’s happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive? Sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement is beginning on the east end near College Street in advance of a road resurfacing project of the entire length of the street in spring. Orange construction barrels have been placed on both sides of the street along the length of Martin Luther [...]

Parks & Recreation holiday events: From A Winter’s Tail to movie night

From Breakfast with Santa to community center holiday parties, Asheville Parks & Recreation offers opportunities for communities to come together for seasonal events. Here’s a roundup.   A Winter’s Tail When/where: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Program: Come and join the holiday fun at the Nature [...]

Greenway Warmer celebration will explore how unpaved trails can benefit community

West Asheville’s Hominy Creek Greenway serves as an example of a “natural surface”  — or unpaved trail — greenway.   Greenways, it turns out, can come in many forms. While you may think of them as paved trails, a Dec. 13 event in downtown Asheville will explore how “natural surface trail systems” — or unpaved trails — can work. Come [...]