Word on the street: Big chunk of downtown Asheville real estate set to sell

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Word on the street is that a large chunk of real estate in downtown Asheville is set to be sold to a New York-based investment group.

The property is rumored to include a number of buildings around Pack Square in the heart of downtown, which is booming with increased visitation by tourists and a hotel construction boom. The properties in the deal, which include offices and restaurants, are rumored to be selling for $25 million or more.

Sources say the principals are: The Providence Group, a Charlotte-based commercial real estate firm; and Wicker Park Capital, which specializes in acquiring urban retail properties.

A similar sale of downtown property took place in 2004, when Pack Square Investors, LLC, a group of investors from Hendersonville, Asheville and Charleston, S.C., bought the property from its former owners, according to a Hendersonville Times-News story. Those former owners included Asheville restaurateur and now real estate agent Bill Byrne, who owned the Cafe on the Square restaurant with his wife in the 1990s, and Ted Prosser, a real estate developer.

More as I get it.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. orulz April 28, 2017

    Clarification: Pack Square Investors LLC owns most of the block directly south of Pack Square including the Jackson Building among others. Is ALL the property owned by them included in this sale?

    One interesting piece of property in here is the little vacant lot at the NE corner of Eagle and Market. Currently it has some grass and a few trees. Some neighborhood plans have suggested that it should be a pocket park, which I think is a terrible idea. Nobody would want to use a tiny park surrounded on two sides by a parking deck like this, when they could walk 300 feet north and be in Pack Square, or walk 300 feet south and be in Triangle Park.h

    1. Jason Sandford May 11, 2017

      I don’t know the answer to your question, orulz, but I’m still looking into it.


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