-The Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue is due for a refresh. Permits have been pulled to renovate guest rooms with paint, wall coverings and carpet. The public areas on floors 1 and 2 will get new lamps, bench, art and other renovations.
-Work is set to begin on the new outdoor performance venue on Coxe Avenue. That’s a collaboration between Asheville Brewing and The Orange Peel.
-Construction should be starting soon on the S&W building to transform that into downtown Asheville’s first food hall. It’s a collaboration between Chef Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani restaurant and Highland Brewing.
-Demolition is underway as crews begin remaking the Flatiron Building into a boutique hotel.
-Poppy Popcorn is planning to renovate a space at 7 Patton Avenue for occupancy, according to construction permits. That’s the location of The Arras.
-Goldsmith Paula Dawkins, whose work has been featured at Jewels That Dance jewelry shop on Haywood Street, will be taking over part of that space now that Jewels That Dance is closing. Look for Paula Dawkins Jewelry to open later this year.
-Ingles is gearing up to start construction of a new grocery store at 12 Loop Road, off of Airport Road. Ingles is planning to build a 72,000-square-foot store and Gas Xpress there. The location is across Airport Road from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
–Steakhouses are showing a little resurgence around town. The new Asheville Proper steak joint is coming to the downtown Grove Arcade later this year. And down south, LongHorn Steakhouse is preparing to build a new restaurant at 560 Airport Road.
-The developer of a project called The Landings proposes to build a four-story, 50,000-square-foot building that would contain 37 condo units built over a parking garage at 68 Craven Street across from New Belgium Brewing.
-A big new outdoor adventure center called The Riveter is under construction near the big Sierra Nevada Brewing brewery in Mills River. The Riveter will include a giant indoor climbing wall, a bicycle pump track, a perimeter trail for running/walking a yoga studio, spin studio, community space, retail shop and more. This is a next-level outdoor adventure center for our area. Oh, and they’re hiring.