Asheville Blade: Sushi restaurant, grocery store, tattoo shop coming to River Arts District


A major new residential development planned for the RAD is bringing with it a slew of new retail businesses. The development is called the RAD Lofts, by developer Harry Pilos.

Pilos was awarded three-quarters of a million dollars in taxpayer dollars by Asheville  City Council on Tuesday. It will come in the form of incentives, reports David Forbes of Asheville Blade. Here’s a brief description of the development at the corner of Clingman Avenue and Roberts Street from siteworkstudios:

The development boasts 209 residential units on a 2-level parking structure enveloped with 53,000 sf of retail, live/work, and office space. Situating the over 200,000 sf of building within the context of a thriving artist community takes special care, and good urban design skills.

Site details such as pedestrian connectivity, urban park spaces, greenway connections, and new streetscapes help to create a sense of place where people will live, work, and play.

Here’s the detail about new RAD businesses, from Forbes’ story:

Those businesses included the West End Market, a grocery store, a sushi restaurant, an as-yet-to-be-named novelty and tattoo shop and a larger restaurant.

Asheville’s River Arts District is changing fast. New restaurants have moved in. A number of artists have been moved out. Nearby neighborhoods are changing, too. And New Belgium Brewing is building a massive new brewery just across the river.


LinaJane September 9, 2014 - 2:54 pm

I’m curious how the residents will deal with the constant trains going by. I live up Depot far enough that the noise isn’t that bad. I would think it would be pretty bad that close to the tracks… That said, I am glad that River Arts is being improved. If there was displacement of poor people I would not approve, but that’s not the case here. River Arts was a crumbling industrial area previously…

mike September 5, 2014 - 6:57 am

This build is a badddd thing, you should put something up on their “affordable” rents, which are a joke. This build shouldn’t be happening.

Jake September 3, 2014 - 11:52 am

When is construction going to start?

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