Hot Sheet: Plans submitted for redevelopment of former Fuddruckers site on Charlotte Street
Also, Connect Beyond Festival offers virtual screening of 'Summer of Soul', the 48 Hour Film Project Asheville is hosting a meet-up, and much more
Just some of what’s going around:
A developer submitted plans last week for the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Fuddruckers restaurant site at 130 Charlotte St. They call for the construction of a 4-story building with 191 residential units and 4,500 square feet of commercial space, as well as two sub-grade parking levels. The property owner is Charlotte Holding LLC and the applicant contact is Payne Kassinger. Davis CivilSolutions is the civil engineer. This project is not to be confused with the large mixed-use development proposed for just across Charlotte Street at the the corner of Charlotte and East Chestnut Street. That project, which is scheduled to be heard by Asheville City Council on July 27, includes about 194 new residential units, 30,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space on a 6-acre plot that’s part of the area’s local historic district, as well as the removal of about a dozen 100-year-old houses.
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The 48 Hour Film Project Asheville will hold a meet-and-greet from 6-8 p.m. on Friday (June 25) at Rabbit Rabbit for existing teams and individuals wanting to join a team for the 2021 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. There are still individual actors and crew who are looking to join or form a team. There will be food available and free beer for those of age. This event is sponsored by the local Horror film "Into the Fold," which premiers at The Grail Moviehouse on June 28. The 48 Hour Film Project happens July 16-18 this year.
The Connect Beyond Festival is offering an advance online screening of the film “Summer of Soul,” the highly anticipated debut documentary by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The screening is part of the festival’s 2021 “Connecting Beyond: A Digital Journey and Celebration of Creativity, Learning, and Connection” program. The exclusive screening of “Summer of Soul” (watch trailer) will take place at 7 p.m. on June 25, prior to the film’s July 2 worldwide theater and Hulu streaming premiere. Screeners will also have the chance to view a panel discussion featuring soul music icon Gladys Knight and the film’s producers, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein. (Leave a comment on this post or email me to be entered to win a free access ticket.)
West Asheville Family Veterinary has opened at 547 Haywood Road in West Asheville. (Thats’ the former Fractals coffee shop.) They’re actively booking appointments.
Polanco restaurant is returning to 10 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville, according to city construction permits.
Trek Bikes plans to open a store in the Whole Foods shopping center known as Asheville Market, 4 S. Tunnel Road, across from the Asheville Mall.
Nine Mile restaurant has announced it is teaming up with Asheville public relations and marketing agency Darby Communications to promote a new Nine Mile line of signature hot sauces, the Caribbean-inspired, vegetarian-friendly restaurant’s first foray into the consumer packaged goods market. The new sauces will debut at all three Nine Mile locations, and on their website, this summer.
Buncombe County birthrate follow-up: I recently noted that the number of Buncombe County births in 2020 marked the biggest dip in a decade. Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger followed up by sending over the month-by-month number of recorded Buncombe births for this year so far. Here they are: January, 312; February, 306: March, 340; April, 369; and 346 for May. That’s an average of 334 births a month, which would put us right at about 4,000 births for 2021 if the trend holds. There were 4,053 births last year, down from 4,264 in 2019.
Greenway construction has started on the city greenway project that parallels the west side of the French Broad River roughly between New Belgium brewery and the dog park off Amboy Road.
HomeTrust Bank has announced that it is closing its east Asheville branch at 1011 Tunnel Road. Earlier this year, Wells Fargo announced that it was closing its West Asheville branch at 1 Vermont Road.
Township10, a private mountainside retreat for artists, writers and art professionals, recently held its first open house. The Madison County property, which includes a restored farmhouse, a newly-constructed bunkhouse, an open pavilion, a broken-down tobacco barn, and generous studio facilities with a focus on ceramics, is the former home of East Fork Pottery. The retreat is owned by Marjorie Dial, a studio artist whose practice includes ceramic sculpture, print-making, and writing. Dial grew up in Columbia, S.C. and now calls Portland, Oregon, home. She received a master of fine arts degree in craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Dial has a real vision for Township10, so follow along.
The Woodfin Riverside Park and Whitewater Wave project is progressing, and Woodfin town officials are seeking public comment on plans. The project includes an expanded Riverside Park and a world-class whitewater feature located in the French Broad River. Other proposed features include environmental enhancements, a pavilion, restrooms, and a greenway connecting to Asheville’s Wilma Dykeman Greenway. A more detailed design will start once the survey closes July 11. The Town of Woodfin has contracted with Equinox, a design firm based out of Asheville, and S20 Design, for design of the park and the wave, respectively. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2022. For more information, contact Woodfin Town Administrator Eric Hardy at (828) 253-4887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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