Some of what’s going around to start this week:
–Construction at Enka Center, a long-awaited development in western Buncombe County, should get rolling later this year or early next year, with first-phase plans calling for the construction of 1588,000square feet of retail space, reports loyal reader Daniel. He cites this website announcement of the project. A Walmart and a movie theater are possibilities, he reports.
A group called Fletcher Partners purchased about 200 acres of property, formerly the BASF/Enka manufacturing complex, in 2008 and gained city approval for developing the property in 2010. There’s been little action since. The main entrance to the proposed new development will be from Highway 19/23 and will feature a new five-lane bridge over Hominy Creek, as well as railroad tracks into the property, according to the Enka Center website.
Plans also include a future county recreation area, retail outlets, restaurants, medical/office buildings, and a credit union, which is already open, according to the website. The county recreational area plans have faced scrutiny this spring as construction on that part of the project nears, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported earlier this year.
–Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to 328 New Leicester Highway, according to the same loyal reader, Daniel.
–Sovereign Remedies is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m.
–MG Road is closing for renovations from July 31 through Aug. 5.
-There’s a meet-up of Rolls Royce owners in Asheville this week.
–Imladris Farm, known for its delicious jams and preserves, has started making a Smoked Ketchup. The product is made from tomatoes sourced from Wilson Family Farms and smoked at Hickory Nut Gap Farms, before being processed in the Imladris Farm kitchen, reports Food Life magazine.
-The Hendersonville Times-News reports that the new public access point on the French Broad River at the intersection of Highway 64 and Cummings Road has only been open for just over a week, but it’s already making an impact. More:
The Horse Shoe Public Boating Access Park, with a floating dock and 80-foot concrete boat slip, is already being used by Henderson County’s first river tubing company, Lazy Otter Outfitters, to launch tubes for a float of the river’s iconic Horse Shoe Bend.
Matt Evans, owner of Lazy Otter Outfitters, said that in just the time the access has been open, the site has become a popular put-in for the public and for his float company, whose headquarters and take-out point are just four miles downstream.