Asheville has released a master concept plan for two city-owned properties. City officials have been developing plans for the Haywood Street and Page Avenue properties for years.
The plan includes a large central plaza and multiple other small outdoor gathering spaces. The public realm consists of ADA-accessible pathways providing access to a series of everyday gathering spaces, and a large central plaza sized to accommodate special events and seasonal gatherings. The proposed planting and paving materials are inspired by the dynamic regional ecologies and geology of the region.
The year-long planning process was guided by a multidisciplinary team led by Nelson Byrd Woltz, Landscape Architects.
“Our designers and team of consultants appreciate the productive engagement process and all the civic partners that have supported this work to date,” Thomas Woltz, owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz, said in a news release. “We heard that you wanted to experience Haywood and Page as a civic-minded space that belongs to the people of Asheville — in the heart of the city, anchoring you in this magnificent spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, amidst the history of this unique site and the thriving city of today.”
City council members will vote on whether to accept the plan on Oct. 27.
The public can view the materials online and see a narrated slideshow.
The community can learn more about the conceptual plan at several upcoming board and commission meetings this month, including:
- 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Planning & Zoning Commission
- 9 a.m. Oct. 9, Downtown Commission
- 4 p.m. Oct. 12, Planning & Economic Development Committee
Public comment can be provided via email and phone for each of the meetings. Details about how to view and participate in the virtual meetings is available on the project page.