The city of Asheville is taking bids for the demolition of a decrepit River Arts District warehouse. There’s a pre-bid conference set for Sept. 1, with the bids set to be opened on Sept. 8.
The demolition project is part of the multi-million dollar road improvement project that is beginning now but will ramp up in earnest early next year. The project, which includes the building tear-downs, the addition of roundabouts, the construction of bike lanes and greenways, and the straightening of of the Lyman Street-Riverside Drive connection (and force the relocation of 12 Bones restaurant) will remake the River Arts District.
The warehouse at 226 Lyman St. is approximately 65,000 square feet in size is the one that was the focus of a massive mural art project in May. A couple dozen artists spent a weekend adorning the old building with their art. The project, which sought crowdfunding, was organized in part by Asheville mural artist Ian Wilkinson.
A few months back, city urban planner Stephanie Monson Dahl told me that city officials had been in touch with the artists prior to the painting event and briefed them on demolition plans, which include preserving a couple of the newly painted walls of the warehouse.
These two buildings (above) will be torn down. The top view is shot from West Haywood Street; the bottom view is shot from Riverside Drive.
This old warehouse (above) sits at the corner of Riverside Drive and the Craven Street bridge, properly known as Smith Bridge. A wetland area will be planted in place of the warehouse.