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Public Meeting on Transit and Bike Access in West Asheville Scheduled, Sept. 21

Monday, September 13th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The West Asheville Business Association (WABA) and the city of Asheville are co-sponsoring a meeting on the state of pedestrian and bike access and public transportation in West Asheville on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the community meeting room of the West Asheville Public Library at 942 Haywood Road.  Residents and business owners are invited to join WABA members and city staff for:

– A presentation on the historical improvements to Haywood Road and surrounding areas;

– Information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, the Transit Master Plan and other long-range and ongoing projects and programs in West Asheville; and

– An opportunity to ask questions and make comments on community priorities for west Asheville.

Representatives from the city’s planning, transportation, public works, parks, recreation and cultural arts, and police departments as well as the coordinator for the West Riverside Operation Weed and Seed Initiative will be available to answer questions and take community comments. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Comprehensive Bike Plan and 2005 Pedestrian Plan, visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/residents/transportation/default.aspx?id=450

For more information on the Transit Master Plan visit


For more information about the meeting, contact Marsha Stickford at 259-5506 or [email protected].

City Awarded Tourism Product Development Fund Grant

Friday, July 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Civic Center has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant, to be funded over a 4 year period, from the Tourism Product Development Fund of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the City announced today. The grant will help fund a proposed $5.45 million dollar renovation of the Asheville Civic Center. The Tourism Product Development Fund, which is funded through the Buncombe County hotel occupancy tax, is dedicated to projects that will increase tourism and overnight lodging.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy noted: “This is an incredible opportunity. The Asheville Civic Center is an important economic engine for our city and our region. These funds will allow us to greatly improve the facility — and these improvements will benefit local residents and tourists alike.”

The proposed Civic Center improvements include new seating for the lower level of the arena, renovating the balcony seating and flooring, improving the locker rooms and dressing rooms, upgrading the lighting, messaging and sound systems in the arena, concourse renovations, and information technology improvements. The City of Asheville recently issued a Request for Qualifications for architectural and engineering services to begin the renovation process.

Sam Powers, Director of the city’s Office of Economic Development and Director of the Asheville Civic Center, commented: “This grant will play a major role in making our facilities better for fans, performers and promoters. We attract more than 200,000 patrons a year — and our research shows that over 70% of our ticket sales come from outside of Buncombe County. These visitors stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and support local businesses. The Civic Center generates a substantial economic impact. It is an asset worth investing in. We are thrilled that the Tourism Development Authority, Buncombe County and the City are coming together as partners in this project.”

The Asheville Civic Center first opened its doors 36-years ago and has hosted everything from concerts, plays, trade shows and sporting events to local high school graduations. Mike Burke, Chairman of the Asheville Civic Center Commission, noted that, “Even though the arena is in its fourth decade of use it has good bones. Our project will add new life to the building and allow us to be even more competitive as a regional entertainment venue.”

Recently the Southern Conference named Asheville as the host city for its men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments beginning in 2012. The games will be played at the Asheville Civic Center and at U.N.C. Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.
For more information about the Asheville Civic Center please visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/civic_center/default.aspx?id=348&ekmensel=12_submenu_0_link_5, follow the civic center blog athttp://ccblog.ashevillenc.gov/, or follow the civic center of Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AshevilleCC.

City Makes Significant Progress Clearing Primary Roads

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – With significant progress made on primary roads, city public works crews are now clearing secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Residents are still urged to use caution when traveling as black ice will be prevalent as temperatures drop.

Parking in downtown parking garages continues to be free through 10 a.m. Monday morning. Removing cars from on-street parking allows trucks to safely navigate roadways with room to completely remove snow, making it easier for property owners to better keep the sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses cleared.

All shelters have closed.

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

Residents are asked to call 251-1122 to report downed trees, water problems or questions about sanitation pickup.

Updates about weather conditions and city services can be found at www.AshevilleNC.gov and www.facebook.com/cityofasheville. The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications at www.twitter.com/ashevillefd.

To report power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356. For more information about what to do if you lose power, visit http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/stormcentral/outage/index.asp.