Council Switches Ramada Plans

Asheville City Council turned away from plans to set up and operate a low-barrier shelter at the Ramada Inn at River Ridge. Instead, it will sign its contract to purchase the Ramada over to a for-profit, non-subsidized developer, who will work with an intentional provider to set up permanent, supportive housing at the site.

Corridor Users: Plans Still Not Pragmatic

Asheville City Council approved corridor plans for Hendersonville Road, Tunnel Road, and Biltmore Avenue/McDowell Street. Changes set to reduce automobile traffic lanes and accommodate more transit, cycling and walking.

AVL Challenges Discussed at City Manager Forum

Three municipal directors, Ben Woody, Todd Okolichany and Paul D’Angelo,  gave understandable virtual presentations as to what their departments had been working on in the past year.

Ramada Neighbors Take Grievances to County

Residents and property and business owners feel the shelter at the Ramada Inn, rather than helping persons suffering addiction, has burdened their neighborhood with filthy and criminal activities. Finding Asheville City Council, which intends to purchase the shelter, unresponsive to their demands for a safe neighborhood, they took their complaints to the county commissioners.

Asheville Gov’t Enters High-Roller Real Estate

Asheville City Council approved payment for due diligence on a 42-45-unit apartment building that will rent-control half its units for persons earning no more than 30% of AMI. It was assumed the city, county, and Dogwood Health Trust would pitch in $2 million each for the $8.3 million project later.

Council Approves Another MHO Refinancing

Even though Buncombe County presumably stumbled upon a more efficient strategy for creating subsidized housing, Asheville City Council prefers to rubber-stamp Mountain Housing Opportunities’ refinancing agreements.

Group Sues City, Citing ‘Racism’

A group of Asheville citizens are accusing the City of Asheville of “race-based practices” in connection with taxpayer monies it recently bestowed on two Black nonprofits.

Commissioners Hear Three Sides of Soccer Issue

Having heard complaints from the Asheville Shield about playing field access, the commissioners listened to what ABYSA and county staff had to say.

Neighborhood Petitions Falling on Deaf Ears

Asheville City Council approved a mixed-use structure with 186 residential units for the former site of the Charlotte Street Fuddrucker’s. The developer will enjoy sixteen years of tax rebates for rent-controlling 37 of the units for families earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income.

Did Water Dept Taxes Fund 2 Nonprofits?

The Asheville City Council awarded two educational nonprofits money from water department taxes.