Thriving Business Hub Taps Into Relic Of Asheville Past
A creative community gives color and a splash of hope to a place with rich history in Asheville.
Richard Handy of New York Acting Studio says the history at Riverside Business Park is empowering.
"Just to know where it's been and to know where it's going. Even the hallways here are like a blank canvas."
Up until 1991, the site was once the Burlington Industries textile plant. Some of the buildings go back 100 years.
Today, about 60 businesses are housed there. Many of them are artists and artisans.
"It's almost like the other River Arts District," says Handy. "There's a lot of creatives here, but a lot of economic businesses here."
Tenants credit the owners of the park, who took over in the mid 1990's.
Riverside Business Park manager Don Trantham once worked for Burlington for 20 years. Trantham is glad to see the site that his father and grandfather were also employed at has new life.
"It's just sad to see those operations go away," said Trantham. "And it's just a chance to keep it going. "
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