ADC partnered 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.

BTB is also a pilot process for identifying opportunities and constraints to sustainable redevelopment as outlined in the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan and other adopted plans. The workshops described below are the first step in a larger community engagement process. This model will be replicated in an effort to engage property owners, stakeholders and other community members for sites along the Wilma Dykeman Riverway and adjoining sections of the French Broad River. The program aims to align the work of the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission (AARRC) with the work of the Regional Brownfields Initiative and the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project, two high-impact programs underway in the riverfront.

The AARRC identified the need for this process through conversations with property owners, agency officials, housing providers, and entrepreneurs. Responsible for recommending an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the Regional Riverfront, the AARRC, through the BTB process, seeks to make the necessary connections between policy makers and business and property owners. Through partnerships with key organizations, AARRC will duplicate this process for other riverfront properties, tailoring it to meet specific needs in each area.

Click here to download the Between the Bridges brochure which includes design concepts for three Between the Bridges properties: the Ice House, the Stockyards and the Hatchery.

ADC designers met with property owners from three sites within the BTB project area. These designers facilitated mini-charrettes for each property by soliciting information from the property owners about the history, current uses and future visions of each property. Designers also considered challenges faced by the property owners in past attempts to develop. Property owners identified challenges from a variety of sources including regulatory groups, local officials, market forces or natural threats such as flooding. Designers then proposed design solutions to solve these problems while fulfilling each property owner’s vision for their respective sites.

When technical questions arose about issues like building in the floodplain or railroad safety requirements, regulatory experts were called in from the neighboring workshop session to assist in problem solving along with the design team.


Thanks to M. Turnau Photography for contributing River District photographs.