-The Asheville Police Department on Sunday said officers responded to an early morning call of gun shots fired at the Hillcrest public housing complex. Officers found one person suffering a gunshot wound. That person was taken to Mission Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but later in the day was reported to be in stable but critical condition. Police detained one person who fled the scene and are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact APD at 828.252.1110 or Crime Stoppers at 8282555050.
-Also Sunday, the Asheville Police Department said that emergency personnel responded to a call of the possible discovery human remains on an embankment near Hill Street. Police officials said an investigation will take several days, and that the identity of the remains are unknown.
-And Sunday afternoon, the Asheville Fire Department reported that a large, above ground, 10,000 gal tank was found to be leaking Kerosene (K1) through two small holes. “The K1 leaked into a storm drain and into the French Broad River. AFD Companies have booms in place at Pierson Bridge & Craven Street. Crews are working to stop leaks & assess amount spilled,” the Fire Department tweeted.
-Walter Wells, who owned and operated Well Groomed Barber Shop on Biltmore Ave in downtown Asheville for decades, died recently. Well Groomed was one of the oldest African American-owned businesses in town. I can’t find an exact date for when he started, but anecdotally I heard he operated his barbershop for about 50 years. Here’s Wells obituary.
-A new Hyatt Place hotel proposed for Rockwood Road, just off Airport Road in Arden south of #Asheville, will get an initial review by the Asheville Technical Review Committee on Feb. 19.
-The TRC will also review plans for a new 70-unit affordable housing complex planned for Brookside Circle in Candler.
-This new report from McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth and his team sheds light on the impact of short-term rentals on the housing ecosystem.
-Diamond Brand Gear plans to open a pop-up shop in February on Broadway Street in the old Black Mountain College Museum of Art location, next to the Center for Craft.
–Ten Thousand Villages will host an Oriental Rug Event from March 14-18. The event will showcase several hundred heirloom quality, hand-knotted rugs made by fairly paid adults in Pakistan, according to a press release. Half the store will be transformed into a rug showroom, with expert rug representatives from a partnering organization, Bunyaad, available to answer questions.