City drops notice of violation for 2 West Asheville nonprofits

12 Baskets in West Asheville on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The city of Asheville has canceled violation notices for 12 Baskets and Kairos West, who were cited for running a shelter in an area not zoned for one. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The city of Asheville has canceled violation notices for two nonprofits who were cited for running a shelter in an area not zoned for one.

According to a spokesperson from 12 Baskets, the city notified them and Kairos West of their decision on Sept. 7, 2018.

Polly McDaniel, a spokesperson for the city of Asheville, said after examining the services and activities at the two nonprofits, the city of Asheville zoning administrator determined that the space should be classified as a community center.

“We are very excited and very grateful that the city has recognized that we are in fact, not operating a homeless shelter out of 610. We are a free café open to the public that runs out of Kairos West Community Center,” says Shannon Spencer, of Asheville Poverty Initiative, said.

The cancellation comes after 12 Baskets and Kairos West provided the city with additional information and were granted a 30-day extension.

12 Baskets and Kairos West were two of four establishments that were cited by the city in August. Firestorm Books and The Steady Collective were cited for establishing a needle exchange program where such activity is not permitted.

McDaniel said there is no further update on the status of the notice of violation for Firestorm Books and The Steady Collective.

Spencer told News 13 she’s confident the other two businesses will be able to work things out with the city of Asheville and get those violations dropped.

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