Ask 13: Why isn't there a bus shelter at the Veterans Restoration Quarters?

"There are many bus shelters throughout Buncombe County but nothing at the Veterans Quarters in Oteen," Ed Chamberlin of Swannanoa wrote. "I've seen our veterans standing out in all kinds of inclement weather waiting on public transportation." (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Lots of bus stops around Asheville have shelters, but one on Tunnel Road that doesn't have a shelter is causing some concern.

The bus stop in question is right outside the Veterans Restoration Quarters in east Asheville. One viewer who wrote to Ask 13 felt it's a shame.

"There are many bus shelters throughout Buncombe County but nothing at the Veterans Quarters in Oteen," Ed Chamberlin of Swannanoa wrote. "I've seen our veterans standing out in all kinds of inclement weather waiting on public transportation."

News 13 has seen them too, bundled up in windy, sub-freezing temperatures.

More than 200 residents at the Veterans Quarters depend daily, rain or shine, on this stop.

"At times when I'm out here, it's raining and I don't want to get wet and sick. We have enough problems anyway," Ken Fox, a resident at the Veterans Quarters, said.

Ed wants to know if there are any plans to build a shelter for the vets living at this location.

"They're waiting there to go to school. They're waiting there to catch the bus to go to work," Mary Sczudlo, the Director of Homeless Services for ABCCM, said.

She says there have been discussions, but so far, it hasn't materialized.

"It's not something that is free. It's got to be paid for," Sczudlo said. "So, hopefully, they'll be able to help us, or other people will be able to help us get the money to be able to raise the funding and get the city to let us put one in."

The City of Asheville said a shelter costs around $20,000.

"We have been speaking with staff from the VQ about partnering with them on this project," Elias Mathis, the city's Transit Projects Coordinator, said.

This is news that warms the hearts of everyone wanting to help those that served.

"It'd be nice to have one for us veterans right in front of the Quarters," Fox said.

Besides the funding, the City said it also needs an easement from the property owner and an agreement from the DOT. It says they're in the exploring stages, so no time frame was available.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to at Ask13@WLOS.com.

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