Project Overview



ADC is facilitating a visioning process for the city block defined by Broadway St., N. Lexington Ave, W. Walnut St., and Woodfin St. in downtown Asheville. Key stakeholders include Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, nearby property and business owners, cultural leaders, downtown advocacy groups, and the City of Asheville, all of whom will be represented on a project Advisory Team.

In the spring of 2018, we’ll be engaging the broader community to inform a long-term vision for the block with the primary goal of activating Carolina Lane, Chicken Alley and Broadway Street through the arts. In addition, ADC will work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for temporary installations to enliven the site and suggest appropriate permanent uses on the site over time.

The Asheville Design Center will work with the local consulting artist, a nationally-recognized creative placemaking consultant, local stakeholders, students, and the UNC Asheville Steam Studio to produce a one-day street festival in Carolina Lane in May 2018 that prototypes potential permanent art installations.

The Center for Craft commissioned the Broadway Cultural Gateway planning project as part of its property development initiative at 67 Broadway, which includes the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE), as well as a proposed makerspace with store frontage on Carolina Lane. CCE is a partnership with UNC Asheville.