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Mixed-use building proposal downtown elicits mixed reactions

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On July 25, an application was put in to the city of Asheville for a hotel/condo building that would sit on the corner of Broadway Street and Woodfin Street. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff via developer)

There are mixed emotions for a new mixed-use building proposal in downtown Asheville.

On July 25, an application was put in to the city of Asheville for a hotel/condo building that would sit on the corner of Broadway Street and Woodfin Street.

The third and fourth floors would have 20 hotel rooms. The fifth through seventh floors would have 11 condos.

"I love the idea of bringing more business to this side of Lexington," said Connie Matisse, the co-owner of East Fork.

It’s still in the preliminary stages, but Matisse said it could be a good move.

"We do have a heavy concentration around the drum circle and Patton Avenue, so definitely spreading out that tourist traffic across town would be super helpful," Matisse said.

But not everyone feels that way.

"I feel like the last thing Asheville needs is a another mixed-use hotel," Royal Peasantry stylist Amanda Swafford said.

Swafford doesn't think the new building would have any positive impact on businesses.

"I don't know how much having another hotel is going to increase the sales of local business or bring more people down," Swafford said.

Though Matisse thinks the new building could be a good idea, she does have some concerns.

"I love the idea of more people being able to access downtown,” Matisse said. “But also as a resident of Asheville, I always get a little bit worried about pushing people further and further out of the downtown area."

Matisse also hopes the city and people behind the project are mindful about the potential increase of traffic -- something Swafford said would be inevitable, especially during construction.

"There’s already enough hotels, there’s already enough Airbnb's," she argued.

The project will go before the city on August 20, 2018.

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