Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Affordable Housing Summit set for Sept. 29


More of what’s going around:

-The former Jackson Underground restaurant in the basement of the Jackson Building is going to transform into The Underground Cafe under the ownership of Jay Medford, former chef at Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street. Here’s Medford, who was commenting on a Stu Helm post on Facebook:

Hey all! It’s going to be called The Underground Cafe with DoughP Doughnuts (dope lol). I’m adding on breakfast and coffee service, hand made yeast raised doughnuts, and beer and wine! Pretty excited to do this in my hometown. Just applied for permits so hopefully will have a projected date of opening soon.

-The Asheville Citizen-Times is questioning the legality of closed-session meeting between the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville attorney Sean Devereaux. Reporter Jennifer Bowman writes in a story Thursday that commissioners met Tuesday with Devereaux in secret session although they had not yet retained him, a move that’s illegal, according to the general counsel for the N.C. Press Association. The attorney for the Buncombe board disagreed, saying that was a too-strict interpretation of the North Carolina Open Meetings law and that commissioners may yet hire Devereaux. Devereaux told the newspaper that he met with commissioners and gave them a general overview of the federal investigation process. As Ashvegas reported Wednesday, Devereaux’s meeting with commissioners is of note because of the ongoing federal investigation into former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene.

-The 2nd Annual Bernstein Family Preview and Fund-raising Party is set for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Magnetic Theatre. Get your tickets now.

-Speaking of the Magnetic Theatre, the theatre will present the world premiere of David Hopes’ Uranium 235, about Truman and the bomb and so much more, in November. It will be directed by Andrew Gall. Auditions are set for Saturday, Sept. 9, at Magnetic 375, and you can learn all about it, and sign up to be seen, by clicking here.

The 2017 Affordable Housing Summit, presented by Pisgah Legal Services, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Sherrill Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. More:

Join developers, planners, investors, local government leaders, and policy advocates to discuss strategies to meet affordable housing needs in the WNC region. Local and regional experts will present on practical and solutions-oriented topics in development, policy, finance, and emerging trends in the field. Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will make opening remarks, followed by morning and afternoon sessions and a lunch plenary presentation by Bruce Tolar on Missing Middle development strategies. For questions or more information, please contact Justin Edge at 828-210-4493 or

New UNC system board proposes surprise, radical changes, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The UNC Board of Governors is chaired by former Asheville mayor Lou Bissette.

-The Explore Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau markets Asheville in a variety of ways, including online. Check out this video, posted in July on the Matador Network. It’s a paid placement, and it shows a dog named Sammy “visiting” Asheville: