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City Council recognizes Asheville’s Chief Building Official Mark Matheny as part of Building Safety Month proclamation

    Building structural integrity — these are unswerving tenants required for the safety of Asheville residents.   You could call Asheville’s Chief Building Official Mark Matheny “the enforcer” on that count. He might also be termed a superhero.   Matheny was recognized and made some remarks on the topic before Asheville City Council, as […]

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City of Asheville water transmission line projects beginning, discoloration possible

  At a glance Asheville Water System receiving an upgrade critical to protecting our community from water loss during a major flood, as what happened during the Flood of 2004. This involves installation of a third water transmission line. Once installed the transmission line will need to be tied into two existing transmission lines. There […]

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Riverside Drive, some parks re-open, following flooding

  Following 5 inches of relentless rain Friday, more than a dozen Asheville streets were closed over the weekend, including several in Biltmore Village. On a holiday weekend, Asheville Public Works, Parks and Fire Department crews rolled up their sleeves and went to work, rescuing stranded motorists, barricading roads and cleaning roads once waters receded, […]

post flood road cleaning continues in Biltmore Village
Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town […]

A pipe washout under Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway prompted its closing until a repair can be made.
Saturday: Some Asheville streets re-open, following torrential rain and flooding

  Saturday — following Friday’s flooding — turned out to be a day of road openings coupled with some new closings. Asheville Public Works crews worked overnight to re-open Biltmore Village streets, following a day of torrential rain that flooded streets and parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers. Some additional roads opened as […]

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Friday: Asheville river corridors flood, prompting road closures

  Find Saturday updates here.     9 p.m. update We have reports of numerous people driving around flood barricades. Please do not do this! You put yourself — and emergency rescue personnel — at risk. For the safety of everyone, concrete barriers have been placed on either side of the landslide on Old Toll […]

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How to stay plugged into City of Asheville information about road closures during flooding events

    When flooding strikes in the City of Asheville, multiple agencies response to close roads and notify residents of safety measures they should take. For example, even prior to flooding, Stormwater Services clears stormwater drains to minimize localized flooding.   When the City realizes there is the potential for flooding, residents can find information […]

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68 Haywood event applications open for the summer season

    Temporary uses and community programs will continue this spring and summer at 68 Haywood Street, a public gathering space across from the U.S. Cellular Center. This is an opportunity for craft fairs, food trucks and other special event organizers to set up in the heart of downtown.   The future development site was […]

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Energy Innovation Task Force announces cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant

Community partners also honored   The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential […]

City of Asheville offices to close for spring break April 19

    ART buses to run on a holiday schedule   City of Asheville government offices will be closed Friday, April 19, as part of spring break. Sanitation Services will not be affected by the closing, as no trash or recycling is collected on Fridays.   ART bus service The City of Asheville ART bus […]

Asheville Police Department offering free gun locks

    The Asheville Police Department both practices and encourages firearms safety. Beginning today, APD is making 200 gun locks available on a first-come, first-served basis. The locks are available at the front desk of the Asheville Police Department, 100 Court Plaza.   No personal information is required to obtain a gun lock. Simply come […]

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Attention bus riders! ART Transit Station construction to begin Monday

  The first phase of ART Transit Station improvements are about to begin! On Monday, April 15, local contactor NHM Constructors will bring their crew in to mobilize for the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk.   The construction crew will begin on the north side of the bus travel […]

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U.S. Cellular Center renovation marches forward

  Recent improvements to Asheville’s largest convention and entertainment venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, have included addition of flexible theater seating in the arena, a new sound and lighting setup and conversion of a storage room into a press / meeting room. Now the facility’s aging HVAC system will come into the modern age.   […]

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 City Council passes modest Fees & Charges changes for FY 2019-2020

  At a glance                     On April 9, Asheville City Council adopted its Fees & Charges for FY 2019-2020.                     Fee increases are aimed at cost recovery to lessen the burden on property tax payers.                     There will be a modest increase to water and stormwater fees. Impact per the average household will be 70 cents a month […]

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