From my story about the 45 Asheland condo project that’s planned:
Two local architects are planning to build a six-story building in downtown that will house 27 residential condominiums.
Peter Alberice and Robert Camille Jr. hope to break ground on the project later this year at 45 Asheland Ave., a site that is now home to ARC Document Solutions and across the street from the Asheville Transit Systems bus station. The building would house condos costing $400,000-$700,000.
The project is the latest sign that segments of the local real estate market are rebounding from the Great Recession. A project to build 13 new lofts on Rankin Avenue started earlier this year. Buncombe County’s building permits for new houses showed a 20 percent increase during 2012.
This is one of the ugliest buildings that I have ever seen. Anyone who pays top dollar for this level of ugly is crazy and simply has too much money in their hands. These are not architects – they are bullding butchers. Having three floors of short term rental/condos is an utter disaster. To those who pay exorbitant prices for the upper floors: BUYER BEWARE! You will be treated to all kinds of noise, unruliness and hassles from the short term renters out for a good time. This same issue has impacted condos in Florida. The short term permitted condos end up with substantially lower re-sale values.
I am so d*&^% tired of this city council approving pieces of junk architecture in the city- I really object to the proliferation of hotels in the core– which they seem to decide off the Master Plan– a plan I was a part of for a couple days and tried to get hotels to be on the peripheral areas- to alleviate the parking problems – to move the newer construction out a ways.. to reserve the “feel” of the town… and then the city keeps approving things like the Hospital with a Holiday Inn on top– they approve the big battle ships with a crows nest.. and UGLY UGLY looks going in all over town.. they should be ashamed at how they are destroying Asheville — I would say a little at a time- but they are really screwing it up fast– as fast as they can to get the money — and jobs.. and heck with quality of life– CONTINUE TO VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT… and so happy to see new progressive council members.
You can’t see much from the photo because it is so small but the other downtown projects these guys did look great so you have to assume that the rendering does not do this justice. The real problem with affordability is all the crap the government requires that takes away from quality just to satisfy “red tape” requirements.
The other big project these same architects built downtown is 12 South Lexington, which set a new bar for dreary blandness in downtown architecture.
The big problem with new downtown architecture is not red tape but the cut-and-run mentality of architects. Ugly projects go up quicker and cheaper than anything beautiful, which is why, when something does get built, it looks like a cardboard box with balconies.
Looks like public housing in the Bronx.
I wonder now…what’s the over/under on how long it takes the Hot Spot to get gentrified right outta town? 2 years?
My hope is that the Hot Spot is the line in the sand.
wow..good use for a nice view of the bus station and,maybe for the isolated food trucks. not likely. but i gotta ask, where are the hookers gonna go? i know i will get slammed for the previous statement, but it is (was) meant in jest.
That’s not a very large parcel of land … this will have to be right on the street, probably explains the parking underneath on the ground and first floor.
The immediate views are not the best: east is a parking lot and the bus station and Coxe Avenue; west is overlooking the senior center, Grove Street and the “entertainment” complex – wonder how the late night party crowd parking in and around that area will go over with tenants …
as for style … I agree with the others here.
Cookie cutter is cheap, a lot comes down to total costs…
Cheap buildings make for a cheap-looking city, albeit, in our case, one that is still prohibitively expensive for the people who have to work here and who don’t just get to play here like the tourists and second-home owners. It’s the worst of both worlds: ugly, cheap looking buildings that are still too expensive to live in! Yay!
I don’t think more expensive would help, though.
I don’t think making the building more expensive to build would help the affordability situation either, but it’s still an ugly, cheap-looking but expensive building.
I’ve given up on the potential of anything affordable coming to downtown. It’s unfortunate because it will change its dynamic even more.
Cheap ain’t $400-$700K condos… just sayin.
I wish we had architects as talented, and who cared as much for Asheville, as we had back in the ’20’s. All this boring Charlotte-style crap… it’s like architects have all forgotten how to build anything beautiful. I’m all for downtown development, but this looks like a clone of every other ugly building thrown up since 2000.
My thoughts exactly. I have nothing against new development downtown, but these architects are terrible.
Hear, hear. When one is trying to turn a profit off a large construction, a visionary architect is a corner that’s probably easily, and first cut.