UNC Asheville has acquired 10 acres of wooded property at one end of W.T. Weaver Blvd., at the entrance from Merrimon Avenue.
The tree-rich land has survived commercial development push over the last few decades as Merrimon Ave has become a busy and profitable main road. For over 100 years, it has been in the hands of two families, first the W.T. Weaver family and more recently the Verne Rhoades family.
UNC Asheville now owns the property, appraised at around $6 million. The purchase was split between a gift of $3 million from the Verne Rhoades family and a state-funded (along with trust funds owned by the University) purchase from UNCA of $3 million.
No plans have been set forth for immediate usage of the land, however, UNCA is mulling over plans for an eco-village for students and faculty. The corridor has been deemed a Treasured Tree Preserve by Buncombe County and Quality Forward, and the University plans to continue its tradition as a hold-out against commercial development.
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