City announces May 19 public 'visioning event' for hot-button downtown property

The city of Asheville announces a May 19 public 'visioning event' for the hot-button downtown property across from the U.S. Cellular Center (Photo courtesy City of Asheville)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The City of Asheville invites the community to a public presentation that's the first component in the visioning process set for a city-owned property that's been subject to more than its share of public discussion: the group of lots making up 68-76 Haywood Street and 33-37 Page Avenue, adjoining the property across from the Basilica that eventually became a parking lot.

Once set to become a hotel before McKibbon group backed down, the property has been discussed by some residents as the possible site of a public plaza or park. Now the city plans to present "opportunities for community participation over the course of the process of visioning" what's next for a hot-button property.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19 in the US Cellular Center Banquet Room. Placemaking experts Ethan Kent and Philip Winn from Project for Public Spaces will share key components of great public spaces at the event, the city said in a press release.

The free presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the community.

In March 2016, Asheville City Council approved a public visioning process for the property. The process is being facilitated by Asheville Design Center in collaboration with city staff and a city council-appointed advisory team.

Community engagement efforts will inform a long-term vision for the properties while also serving to identify opportunities for temporary installations to enliven the space in the short-term, the city wrote in the release.

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