Drive to rebuild Montford bus stop shelter to begin next month


    A bus stop shelter in Montford that was destroyed by a drunk driver in May could be back up soon. An initiative to raise money to rebuild kicks off next month. (Photo credit: Lewis Rothlein)

    A bus stop shelter in Montford that was destroyed by a drunk driver in May could be back up soon. An initiative to raise money to rebuild kicks off next month.

    In 2017, two bus stops were installed that illustrated the neighborhoods history. Each had a two-sided board that in words and images brought to life the neighborhood’s history.

    The cost to rebuild is estimated at $14,000, but organizers are hoping a grant and contributions could cut that cost in half. The city of Asheville said it would not help fund a rebuild since it was not a standard bus stop, but did okay a rebuild if funds could be raised elsewhere.

    A GoFundMe page will be launched Feb. 1. Also, on that date, the Montford Neighborhood Association will begin taking checks earmarked for the bus stop. In addition, the Montford restaurant Chiesa will dedicate its Community Collection Box to the bus stop and will match contributions up to $1,000. Finally, Little Jumbo, a Montford bar/restaurant, is dedicating Feb. 19 to the bus stop and will donate 10 percent of total sales on that evening to the bus stop rebuild.

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