Buncombe TDA requests for tourism project funding: South Slope, aquatic center, theater expansion, more


Here’s this year’s list of projects seeking funding from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s 2016 Tourism Product Development Fund. A new Buncombe County aquatic center, renovations and an expansion of Asheville Community Theatre and a Black Mountain greenway are among the big projects seeking funding.

The biggest project is a request from the City of Asheville for $20 million to be paid over seven years for the development of the South Slope. The Mountain Xpress has a detailed explanation of the funding request here, one that would include everything from pedestrian and bicycle pathways to a new South Slope parking deck.

The TPDF is funded by one-and-a-half percent occupancy tax on paid lodging in the county. (Visitors who stay in paid lodging in Buncombe County pay a 6 percent occupancy tax in addition to the 7 percent sales tax for a total tax of 13 percent on paid accommodations in Buncombe County, according to the TDA. Each year, Buncombe County sees 3.3 million overnight guests.) The projects that get funded must show that they “can generate substantial new and incremental room nights, and, therefore, increase the economic impact on the community,” according to the TDA. Since the fund’s inception in 2001, $23 million has been awarded to 27 community projects.

(Here’s the list of the six project that were awarded Tourism Product Development Fund cash last year, in the amount of $3.9 million. Greenways, soccer fields and the WNC Nature Center were among the big winners.)

Here’s the list by organization/project/amount requested:

Asheville Area Arts Council
The Refinery Creator Space

AMOS (Colburn Earth Science Museum)
Science in the Spotlight

Asheville Community Theatre
Theatre Expansion & Renovation Project

Asheville Taxi, LLC
Asheville Taxi Co.

Buncombe County Schools
Buncombe County Aquatic Center

Buncombe County Recreation Services
Lake Julian Park Interactive Children’s Playground

Buncombe County Recreation Services
Hominy Creek Greenway/Buncombe County Sports Park Pedestrian Bridge

Black Mountain (Town of)
Black Mountain Riverwalk Greenway Phase II

Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
The Hive AVL Conference & Event Venue

Image link for The Hive AVL

City of Asheville/U.S. Cellular Center
ExploreAsheville.com Theatre Creation and Meeting Room Conversion

Montreat College
Pulliam Stadium-Phase II

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
WNC Farmers Market – Master Plan Implementation/ Retail Area

Pack Place Performing Arts
The Wortham Center


Major Works Request:

City of Asheville
South Slope Enhancements – Development of an Innovation District
$20,000,000 over 7 years


Tim Peck June 27, 2016 - 4:33 pm

Asheville City Council Districts Map

Asheville City Council District Elections Timeline

chris June 27, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Nice gerrymander you have there, Mr Smug.

Keep on shillin’!

Tim Peck June 27, 2016 - 5:34 pm

Senate Bill 897 passed easily in the Senate. Should go before the House at 7:30p.

chris June 27, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Congrats on your team of slimy pricks overriding the will of the people.

I love that you’re so proud of their gerrymander. You’re such a sycophant, it’s kinda cute. You’re like a little puppy.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 7:53 am

The House did not add District Elections to their calendar last night. Look for it today. It should sail through and local bills do not need the governor’s signature to become law.

Barry Summers June 27, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Senate Bill 897 passed easily in the Senate. Should go before the House at 7:30p.

Wrong again. Maybe you should clean the smug out of your eyes.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 7:59 am

The General Assembly will be in session another week after this. Plenty of time, my friend, plenty of time. LOL. I’ll be listening in today.

Barry Summers June 28, 2016 - 10:25 am

You do that, Hate Boy.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 12:52 pm

SB897 is currently in House Rules Committee, chaired by Rep. Lewis. Lewis will probably move the bill out of Rules and onto the floor for a vote ASAP. After a House vote, SB897 becomes law. Rules meets right after the today’s House session.

See you later, big boy.

chris June 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm

Congrats on your masters’ gerrymander. Go get your biscuit!

Barry Summers June 28, 2016 - 3:27 pm

“Go get your biscuit!”

Trolls prefer mutton.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Now it looks like the legislature will push to get out by Saturday. Anything could happen.

Keep watching, Barry. You too, Chris. Who’s up for a beer?

chris June 28, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Thought you preferred Scotch.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 4:58 pm

The House Rules Committee will take up SB897 today, now. Then it’s on to the House Floor.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 6:06 pm

House rules committee adjourns without taking action on #asheville district bill. Expected to meet tomorrow, but not at original 8:30 time

Barry Summers June 28, 2016 - 6:06 pm

Holy Faceplant, Hate Boy – wrong again.

“House rules committee adjourns without taking action on #asheville district bill.”

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Will I be wrong tomorrow, Barry?

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 8:50 pm

Oh, my. Wrong, wrong, wrong, Barry. Look:

WCQS Public Radio @wcqs * 5:28 PM – 28 Jun 2016
House rules committee audio streaming at mobile.ncleg.net/New/Audio/Stre… Committee 2 hear #Asheville districts bill #avlnews #wncnews #wnc #avlgov

Was WCQS wrong or did the committee change plans. Hmmm? Barry? You pathetic bumpkin.

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 7:36 am

Look, Barry! The Rules Committee meeting is canceled. They was wrong.

Today, Wednesday, June 29, 2016
8:30 AM Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the — CANCELLED (House)

chris June 29, 2016 - 10:25 am

You (YOU?) calling someone a bumpkin? You calling someone pathetic? Man, you need to engage in some serious self-reflection. Have another Scotch and ruminate, Mr. Smug.

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 10:55 am

Removed from Rules
Re-ref Com On Elections

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 10:56 am

What a bunch of horrible oafs.

Barry Summers June 29, 2016 - 2:28 pm

That’s a terrible thing to say about the House Rules Committee.

Barry Summers June 29, 2016 - 4:52 pm

Besides, “bumpkin” is an insult for someone from the countryside. That makes you both an Atlanta, big-city elitist, and wrong again. I grew up in a suburb of a large midwestern city. Living 10 feet outside Asheville is as close to “countryside” as I’ve ever gotten.

I wonder if the Elections Committee will even let Rep. Susan Fisher speak when they meet tomorrow at 8:30. Doubtful…

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 5:28 pm

House Elections Committee meets Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 8:30a in 544 LOB to discuss SB897: Asheville City Council Districts. Sponsor: Senator Apodaca.

Or maybe I’m wrong.

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 5:30 pm

“will even let Rep. Susan Fisher speak”

I hope so. Every time Fisher opens her pie hole SB897 gains support.

Tim Peck June 29, 2016 - 6:22 pm

You progressives can listen to the live audio stream beginning at 8:30 am at

Barry Summers June 29, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Thanks, Atlanta big-city elitist.

chris June 29, 2016 - 8:20 pm

I think that’s Ft. Worth. By way of Atlanta.

Tim Peck June 30, 2016 - 9:23 am

Oh no.

Bill passes 17 to 9 #avlnews #Asheville

Tim Peck June 30, 2016 - 9:24 am


NC House Elections Cmte passes #Asheville council districts bill on 17-9 vote. Goes next to House floor. #avlnews #avlgov #ncpol #ncga

chris June 30, 2016 - 10:23 am

Still here, hijacking threads for cash, you shill?

Congrats on your gerrymander, you lugubrious sh*tpile. You must have a permanent boner just thinking about how your cadre of doofuses is overriding the will of the people.

BTW, a letter writer to the MX cleanly and easily shoots down this whole idea that redistricting “increases democracy” as you’re so fond of saying.

But have another Scotch, Mr. Smug. It’s not even noon yet.

Tim Peck June 30, 2016 - 2:19 pm


Status: SB897: 06/30/2016, House, Calendared Pursuant Rule 36(b)

Tim Peck July 1, 2016 - 7:51 am

176th Legislative Day
Friday, July 1, 2016
House Convenes at 11:00 A.M.
SB 897 Committee Substitute – Apodaca

Barry Summers June 27, 2016 - 9:03 pm

“I have been asked to allow a referendum on this plan. I will not. And there’s a simple reason why. If Asheville were allowed a referendum, I have no doubt that the current Council would work to defeat it.” Sen. Apodaca, on the Senate floor.

Apodaca is openly saying that he doesn’t want the voters to decide this, because he’s afraid they won’t decide it the way he wants. These people really hate democracy.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 7:57 am

Oh, Mr. Summers Eve. It is the progressive elite that do not want to introduce a measure of democracy in Asheville elections. They could have, you know. But that’s what we’ll get with District Elections. Each district will be guaranteed a seat in city leadership. That’s a good thing. Thanks, Mr. Raleigh.

chris June 28, 2016 - 8:09 am

Except, of course they’re gerrymandering the hell out of the city to kick a couple of existing council members out of their seats, subverting the will of the voters. Democracy? Bullsh*t. Pathetic, vindictive power grab by those who can’t get elected on their merits. People like you, Tim.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 12:54 pm

“to kick a couple of existing council members out of their seats”

No council member is kicked out of their seat.

chris June 28, 2016 - 1:02 pm

They’re gerrymandered out. You know that very well, you miserable shill.

Godslayer June 28, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Asheville already has democracy in its elections. It’s just that the electorate has repeatedly rejected the out-of-step, out-of-touch, troglodyte, rich-man’s-puppets for candidates that Republicans always put forward. Peckerwood knows this, but can’t help but lie about it because lying is typical of his ilk, and is their stock in trade.

Tim Peck June 28, 2016 - 12:55 pm

“Asheville already has democracy in its elections.”

Now it will have more.

jtroop June 27, 2016 - 3:59 pm

$20 million seems like a lot, even including a parking deck…. wow! It would be interesting to see how those plans stack up against completed infrastructure projects in the RAD, WVL and downtown.

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