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Asheville to deploy electric buses on ART routes June 1

  Asheville’s five all-new electric buses roll out onto routes this week! After thorough testing and training, the City received delivery of the final two buses in May. Starting June 1, ART transit will incorporate the buses into these three routes:        S3, which runs a round trip from the Transit Station [...]

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Asheville City Council votes to accept Civic Center naming rights proposal from Harrah’s Cherokee

  Asheville City Council voted 6 to 1 May 28 to accept an offer for a 5- to 10-year naming rights agreement with Harrah’s Cherokee for the Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville. The new agreement will replace the existing contract with U.S. Cellular that expires December 31, 2019. The vote concludes a year-long effort to explore [...]

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City of Asheville maintains flood insurance discounts for property owners

  Asheville residents who live or own property in flood zones have access to a federally subsidized flood insurance program through the City’s participation in a FEMA Community Rating System.   The Community Rating System (CRS) program, a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides discounts off of flood insurance premiums to communities [...]

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City of Asheville shares Fire Station 13 visual survey results, announces second community meeting

A visual preference survey for Fire Station 13 on Open City Hall Asheville recently closed, with 464 responses from the community. The new fire station is planned for property owned by the City on Broadway Street near Mount Clare Avenue. Survey results showed that: 38% of the participants preferred a transitional or contemporary building [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

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City of Asheville names Richard J. White, III as Assistant City Manager

City Manager Debra Campbell is pleased to announce that Richard J. White, III has been named Assistant City Manager after a highly competitive national search. White comes to Asheville from Elon, N.C. where he currently serves as Town Manager. He also worked in Athens, Georgia as Assistant Manager for Administrative and Community Services where he had [...]

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Serviceberry season accompanied by cooking workshop, plus launch of online Asheville Edibles Map

    Residents invited to participate in Asheville Edibles initiatives this spring   Serviceberries are ripening now — making it a perfect time to learn how to cook with them! In partnership with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to unveil a crowd-sourced Asheville Edibles Map and a free serviceberries harvesting/cooking [...]

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Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

  The City of Asheville and Buncombe County will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage, Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park.   The ceremony will feature short readings by Brothers Like These veterans that will recount their real-life experiences in service. Major General Rick Devereaux, US Air [...]

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City of Asheville earns GIS award for racial equity mapping project

      The City of Asheville was recently awarded the North Carolina G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS in support of the City’s Mapping Racial Equity project.   Asheville was recognized during the 2019 N.C. GIS Conference in Winston-Salem. City Council officials received the award during their [...]

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Council approves design contracts for three bond-funded neighborhood sidewalks

    Three bond sidewalk projects will move forward, following May 14 Asheville City Council action to approve funding for right of way acquisition and additional design services.   Council authorized the City Manager to amend a design service agreement for sidewalk design services for Johnston Boulevard in West Asheville, New Haw Creek Road in East Asheville and Onteora [...]

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City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget posted online

    The City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget is now posted online at this link. It’s available for everyone to review!   The budget was presented to City Council during their May 14 meeting, 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall. Find the proposed budget presentation to Council [...]

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VIDEO: Urban Centers initiative, plus ways you can still weigh in on this project

  If you missed the May 7-8 public meetings on the City of Asheville’s Urban Centers initiative, we offer our residents a video version of the presentation given at these meetings. Watch the video, then scroll down for more information below this initiative.     About the Urban Centers initiative The City of Asheville is working on a plan for the [...]

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Connect with down payment resources, lenders and realtors at Asheville Home Ownership Fair

  The City of Asheville will hold a Home Ownership Fair from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Stephens Lee Center gymnasium, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Come learn about resources available to help you and your family become homeowners in Asheville.   At the fair, residents can learn about the City’s down payment assistance program, [...]

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