South Slope neighbors react to planned townhouses


    <p>Asheville's South Slope neighborhood is preparing for new townhouses near McCormick Field with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 4. (Photo credit: WLOS staff){/p}

    Asheville's South Slope neighborhood is preparing for new townhouses near McCormick Field with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 4.

    The developer plans to bring 17 townhouses to the area.

    "We don't know a whole lot about it, but we're excited for really any new development around this area of town,” Doug Maurer, director of broadcast and media relations for the Asheville Tourists, said.

    Maurer was just like a lot of the neighbors.

    "We're just gonna wait and see how it plays out," Maurer said.

    But, he said, the development could play out well for the neighborhood with more homes, foot traffic — more of a presence in the up-and-coming area of town.

    "Anytime you can make the area more accessible, I think it not only helps an organization like us, but really any of the organizations down here on the south side of downtown," Maurer said.

    Brooke Tyler's Clasique Acupuncture and Pilates Studio is also next door to the planned development, which is surrounded by a fence with images of the future townhouses.

    "I think it's part of the growth of South Slope, and I think it's important. We're building community down here, we have more restaurants, we have more breweries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors. I think that it's part of how Asheville's growing, and people need a place to live down here,” Tyler said.

    Tyler said city officials should prepare for more people to move to South Slope and explore what the neighborhood had to offer.

    "I still think the biggest thing the city can do is help us with pedestrian traffic around here. I know the crosswalk helped on Biltmore Avenue. But, with more people living here, we're going to need even safer ways to move around," Tyler said.

    News 13 reached out to the developer of the project and left him a message, but did not hear back by the time this article was posted.

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