Screen shot 2013-04-30 at 9.32.44 AMFrom my story in the Asheville Citizen-Times over the weekend on this riverside property:

After years of negotiations, the city has purchased two small pieces of property separating French Broad River Park and Carrier Park.

The city spent $50,000 of taxpayers’ money to buy a 0.04-acre tract and a 0.10-acre tract along the French Broad River. The transaction closed Thursday, according to city spokeswoman Dawa Hitch.

“It’s great news for the community,” Hitch said.

The city had been negotiating with property owner Robert Burris Jr., who created a stir last fall after posting a “No Trespassing” sign and a chain on his property, which separated a well-worn path used by runners, dog walkers and people using the two parks.

Ashvegas background here on the property.

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