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City attorney to outline legal options regarding district elections during Asheville City Council worksession

Asheville City Council will hold a 5 p.m. July 2 worksession to discuss legal options regarding election districts. During their June 25 meeting, Council passed a resolution adding the worksession to Council’s regular meeting schedule. The resolution also states that a motion is anticipated to suspend the rules and allow public comment during [...]

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City launches survey on Thomas Wolfe Auditorium renovation

    The City of Asheville is launching a community survey to inform the future design of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. During the next few months, U.S. Cellular Center staff will engage the public as well as faculty stakeholders to determine how to best update the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium to meet community and patron needs.   The survey, which will [...]

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Asheville neighborhoods invited to participate in National Night Out

  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Join the rest of the nation in getting to know your neighbors and “give crime and drugs a going away party.” National Night Out is a national event celebrated by communities all around the country.   The 2019 [...]

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New mural coming to Wall Street stairwell in downtown Asheville

  A new temporary mural will soon be installed on the public stairwell connecting Battery Park and Wall Street. The project, set to start Monday evening, is being done through an agreement between the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and the City of Asheville.   The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation is funding and managing the installation and maintenance of [...]

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City of Asheville releases draft zoning standards for Urban Centers

  The City of Asheville thanks the public for their input on the Urban Centers initiative, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. This plan calls for the City to foster higher density, mixed-use development that is economically viable and pedestrian oriented in a way that contributes to the placemaking [...]

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City Manager Debra Campbell names Chris Bailey as Asheville’s next Police Chief

  After a national search informed by robust input from our local community, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Chris Bailey will become Asheville’s next Police Chief.   Bailey comes to the City of Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. The [...]

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Residents invited to review Vermont Avenue sidewalk replacement design options

  As part of the bond projects initiative, the City of Asheville is preparing to replace sidewalks on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. This project focuses on pedestrian enhancements, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and crosswalk improvements.   During an October meeting, residents were invited to give feedback on design options for this project. Using that [...]

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Hilliard Avenue affordable housing project to move forward under new agreement

  Asheville City Council on June 11 voted to sell City land at 360 Hilliard Ave. in support of an affordable housing/mixed use residential development. This vote will add 34 new affordable apartments in our community, in a downtown location close to jobs and community amenities.   Local developer Kassinger Development Group is working with the City on [...]

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Balanced budget, investments in transit and no tax increase highlight Asheville’s 2019-2020 budget

  Construction of a new Fire Station 13, and more than $1 million in funding towards the first-year recommendations of the Transit Master Plan are included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget adopted by Asheville City Council during their June 11 meeting.   By law, Council must pass a balanced budget in advance of the fiscal [...]

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Asheville Police Headquarters to be named after late lieutenant

At their June 11 meeting, City Council passed a resolution to name Asheville Police Headquarters in memory of former APD Lt. Walter Robertson. During his 28-year tenure at the Asheville Police Department, “Walt” Robertson became the first African American to reach the rank of Lieutenant. An Asheville native, he graduated from Lee Edwards High School and [...]

Asheville Police Department shares information about victim and witness support services

  The Asheville Police Department is committed to providing a caring, supportive and compassionate level of response to individuals who work and reside in Asheville, and to those who visit the city and require law enforcement assistance. Two victim advocates are available within the Victim Services Unit to assist crime victims, witnesses, and their families with [...]