A controversial redevelopment proposal on Charlotte Street goes before the Asheville City Council next week. Ahead of the meeting, people on both sides of the issue are making their opinions known.
“The list of things I’m worried about is almost endless, I can’t fit it on one page,” said Amy Kemp, who has lived a few blocks from Charlotte Street for 15 years.
She’s concerned the proposed development would bring more traffic and congestion to the area.
About a dozen historic homes would be torn down to make way for the development, which would include retail, housing and more. Many of the homes are divided into apartments that are occupied.
“This is the biggest thing that bothers us as a community, that these will be torn down and replaced with new construction that inherently is going to cost more,” Kemp said.
Mike Sule, Asheville on Bikes executive director, sent city leaders a letter of support for the proposed development. He believes redevelopment of the property is inevitable and a mixed-use development is the best option.
While Kemp is concerned the project will lead to more traffic in the area, Sule said the opposite will happen.
“They’re going to opt out of the car and opt for biking, walking and transit. It’s not going to have a tremendous impact on the vehicular throughput on the corridor,” Sule said.
The Asheville City Council will hold a public hearing on the Charlotte Street development next Tuesday.