Articles by: Jason Sandford

Asheville City Council to consider spending $290,000 on ‘pit of despair’ consultant

Asheville City Council to consider spending $290,000 on ‘pit of despair’ consultant

The finance committee of Asheville City Council decided last year not to spend $340,000 on a consultant.

by August 12, 2019 3 comments Asheville News
The future of Asheville’s daily newspaper in flux with proposed merger

The future of Asheville’s daily newspaper in flux with proposed merger

GateHouse Media, which owns more than 150 newspapers in the U.S. and is backed by an investment company, plans to buy Gannett Co., the second largest newspaper company in the U.S.

by August 11, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
An architectural rending showing how the Create 72 Broadway building would fit among existing buildings on Broadway Street in Asheville.

New downtown Asheville hotel and condo development passes P&Z

The Asheville Planning & Zoning Commission approved a slightly revised plan that calls for a 138-room hotel, 37 condos and about 1,100 square feet of commercial space.

by August 8, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
6 more Asheville development projects to track

6 more Asheville development projects to track

Also, an update on planned Thomas Wolfe Auditorium renovations, and more.

by August 7, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville real estate market still sizzles in second quarter 2019

Asheville real estate market still sizzles in second quarter 2019

In Buncombe County, the median home sale price hit $319,500, an all-time high, in the second quarter of 2019.

by August 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Evans to lead Asheville Humane Society

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Evans to lead Asheville Humane Society

Also, the True Confections bake shop at Grove Arcade has closed, and more.

by August 3, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
An architectural rending showing how the Create 72 Broadway building would fit among existing buildings on Broadway Street in Asheville.

Downtown Asheville mixed-use project that includes 150-room hotel heads to P&Z review

The Create 72 Broadway project was approved by the Asheville Downtown Commission at its July meeting.

by August 2, 2019 2 comments Asheville News
Mayfield: Asheville City Council majority favors charter change to reset elections

Mayfield: Asheville City Council majority favors charter change to reset elections

As things stand right now, Asheville City Council will have district elections in 2020.

by August 2, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Interstate 26 widening from Brevard Road to Airport Road set

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Interstate 26 widening from Brevard Road to Airport Road set

Also, New Belgium has teamed up with Push Skateshop and Brainstorm Skateboards to make a limited number of boards featuring local artists, and more.

by August 1, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
68 Craven Street Condos

Plans submitted for Craven Street condo building and downtown Asheville building renovation

The projects are scheduled to be heard at the Aug. 19 meeting of the Asheville Technical Review Committee.

by July 30, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
In Asheville, Karen’s Spice Kitchen wins curry fans one spice packet at a time

In Asheville, Karen’s Spice Kitchen wins curry fans one spice packet at a time

The blended spice packets can be found all over Asheville, from The Chop Shop Butchery to Earth Fare and beyond.

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Buncombe County farmland increases

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Buncombe County farmland increases

Also, Nantahala Brewing has a new chief operating officer, and much more.

by July 29, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
The Tryon Equestrian Center/ photo by Erik Olsen

Inaugural Earl Scruggs Festival set for 2020 at Tryon Equestrian Center

The first lineup announcement will come at International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh in late September.

by July 27, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Ingles buys 17-acre Patton Avenue property

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Ingles buys 17-acre Patton Avenue property

Also, Axeville Throwing Club is planning to open a second location in south Asheville, and much more.

by July 25, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
A hotel under construction on Meadow Road in Asheville./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville hotel moratorium? City Council wants to talk about it

An Asheville City Council committee will meet on Aug. 29 to discuss whether to move forward with a moratorium on new hotel construction.

by July 25, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville Music School appoints new program director

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville Music School appoints new program director

Also, Asheville has organized a chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and more.

by July 24, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Zillicoah Beer Company’s Session Fest 2019 set for Aug. 24

Zillicoah Beer Company’s Session Fest 2019 set for Aug. 24

Zillicoah Beer has invited about 30 breweries to participate, and is partnering with Buxton Hall BBQ on food.

by July 23, 2019 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Ashvegas Hemp Sheet

Update on legislative fight over smokeable hemp in North Carolina

The future of the hemp industry in North Carolina hangs in the balance, say industrial hemp advocates.

by July 22, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Feedback sought for Thomas Wolfe cabin renovation plans

Feedback sought for Thomas Wolfe cabin renovation plans

Two meetings are set for Aug. 1 for residents to check out design concepts.

by July 21, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
Community concert to benefit Haywood Street Fresco in Asheville

Community concert to benefit Haywood Street Fresco in Asheville

The show will be hosted by pianist David Troy Francis and will several Asheville-area performers.

by July 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Blackberry Farm to operate High Hampton Inn in Cashiers

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Blackberry Farm to operate High Hampton Inn in Cashiers

Also, Mercy Urgent Care is offering free tick removal kits at each of its seven Western North Carolina locations, and much more.

by July 20, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Our Global Table world food pop-up Sunday, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Our Global Table world food pop-up Sunday, more

Also, MG Road is closing and morphing into a new lobby bar for Chai Pani restaurant, and more.

by July 19, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
Last coal delivery made to Duke Energy’s power plant in south Asheville

Last coal delivery made to Duke Energy’s power plant in south Asheville

Duke Energy is closing down the Lake Julian plant and transitioning to a one fueled with natural gas.

by July 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
News obit: Jean Wall Penland, Asheville artist, dies

News obit: Jean Wall Penland, Asheville artist, dies

Jean Wall Penland had been active on the Asheville art scene for more than four decades.

by July 15, 2019 0 comments Asheville News