Sustainable Communities Initiative: East of the Riverway

As part of the nation-wide, Obama-initiated Sustainable Communities Initiative, the City of Asheville has received a $850,000 grant to work in the neighborhoods of the East of the Riverway target area. This area includes Hillcrest, WECAN, South French Broad, Livingtson, Lee-Walker Heights, and the River Arts District.

Design, Build, Play: Klondyke

The Burton Street Community Plan is a collaborative effort among the Burton Street community, the Western North Carolina Alliance, and the Asheville Design Center. In an effort to sustain revitalization efforts currently underway in the Burton Street neighborhood, community members approached the Asheville Design Center with a desire to secure a plan for future neighborhood progress.


Burton Street Community Plan

The Burton Street Community Plan is a collaborative effort among the Burton Street community, the Western North Carolina Alliance, and the Asheville Design Center. In an effort to sustain revitalization efforts currently underway in the Burton Street neighborhood, community members approached the Asheville Design Center with a desire to secure a plan for future neighborhood progress.

Burton Street Technology Center

One high-priority project that emerged from the community planning process was the creation of a Community Tech Center and Recording Studio in the currently unused basement of the Burton Street Community Center. ADC completed a code-assessment for the proposed tech center/recording studio and will present preliminary, community-approved renovation plans and a programming outline to the City of Asheville’s Recreation Advisory Board in May.

Burton Street

Smith Mill Creek Greenway

ADC continues to advocate for adding the SMC Greenway to Asheville’s greenway master plan. With potential to be one of the most high-traveled greenways in Asheville, SMC can provide both a transportation alternative and recreational opportunities. ADC will engage Burton St. residents in the development of a greenway that will promote healthy lifestyles while connecting usable outdoor space and community gardens into the neighborhood’s urban fabric.

The Block

The Block: Eagle/Market Cultural Arts District

ADC conducted an extended site study of the proposed Performance Center in Asheville for the local firm CJMW Architecture. ADC evaluated the development proposal for the Performance Center alongside the intent of the Asheville Downtown Master Plan, other relative master plans, and current City ordinances. In this extended site study, ADC considered a project area beyond the limits of the project site including the surrounding community, historically known as The Block and the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood.

Triangle Park

In November 2010, ADC received approval from the City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department and the Public Art Board for our process of installing murals on City-owned property, a process new to the City of Asheville. ADC will work to engage the community in outreach that will lead to community input and ownership of the finished mural product.

Riceville

In order to serve the unincorporated township of Riceville, the Riceville Fire Department (RFD) must double its capacity. The RFD serves a population of 10,000 Buncombe County residents and has been in need of expanding for the past decade. This may require a new facility as the RFD currently leases space from the Riceville Community Center (RCC). ADC will work with the RFD and RCC to develop designs for a new, shared facility that will accommodate the RFD’s need for expansion, while providing for the RCC’s desire to expand services.

City of Asheville: East Riverway

As a partner in the federal Sustainable Communities Initiative, ADC will team up with Green Opportunities to create a community outreach plan that will open the lines of communication between City staff and River District neighborhoods. Through this effort we will identify and meet with community leaders, conduct an inventory of existing community resources, and engage the community through a series of events that promote more sustainable practices.

City of Asheville: Between the Bridges

ADC is partnering with the City’s Economic Development Dept. to develop a small area plan for 90 acres along the French Broad River between the Smoky Park and RiverLink/Haywood Road Bridges. The small area plan will coordinate economic development of private property with the Wilma Dykeman Riverway project, while addressing issues of crime, homelessness and affordable housing. This project will provide a model for creating small area plans throughout the 2.2 mile Wilma Dykeman Riverway.

Bryson City

In March our team conducted a three-day on-site workshop related to Bryson City’s Main Street and Island Park project areas to enhance the downtown economy and recreational opportunities. Paired with mentors who will critique their design proposals, the design team completed a community assessment report for Bryson City Council. This is a partnership with HandMade in America’s Small Towns program.

I-26 Alternative 4B

Since 2006, the Asheville Design Center has continued to use its community-based design capacity to generate improvements to the 1-26 Connector that will better meet the Asheville community planning and development goals.