Trading hamburgers for a high-rise: Apartments planned for Fuddruckers site

Asheville-based Kassinger Development has bought Fuddruckers on Charlotte Street. Asheville City Planning and Urban Design Director Todd Oklachany says plans for a 200-unit apartment building are in the works for the site. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

UPDATE: Developer Payne Kassinger hopes to build a 180-unit apartment complex and 16,000-foot commercial retail space on the Fudruckers property. The purchase hasn't been finalized, but he hopes that happens soon.

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The current home of a hamburger restaurant chain in Asheville could soon become the city's newest high-rise building.

Asheville-based Kassinger Development has bought Fuddruckers on Charlotte Street.

While plans are still very preliminary, members of Asheville's Planning and Urban Design Department say the plan is to replace Fuddruckers with more than 200 apartment units and about 17,000 square feet of commercial space.

Susan Oliver recently moved from Tampa, Florida, to her home on Crescent Street. She said she likes the idea of some more apartments and shops replacing the hamburger joint.

“Having more shops for residents that you can walk to would be a great thing," Oliver said. "I can walk to several restaurants now very easily. It would be nice to have more.”

But she added that 200 additional apartments on the corner of Charlotte and East Chestnut is a little too much.

“It means a lot of height and a lot of traffic,” Oliver said.

But Asheville City Planning and Urban Design Director Todd Oklachany says those plans are in the works.

“The project consists of about 200 apartments and roughly 17,000 square feet of commercial space comprised in a mix used, multi-story building,” he explained.

In an email, developer Payne Kassinger said nothing official has been submitted to the city yet. He added that public feedback is very important and his company is already conducting a traffic study.

Oklachany said the developer will need to hold public hearings, go before a city board, and get final approval from the Asheville City Council.

Kassinger’s pre-application meeting with the city is scheduled for next week.

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