The Lumberyard music and arts venue set to open in Brevard in June

Jason Sandford

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

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josh_leder1The Lumberyard is the name of a new multipurpose building on the site of the former Brevard Lumber Yard right near downtown. The plan is to have the new venue open by June 1. From the Transylvania Times newspaper:

The project to turn the former Brevard Lumber Co. site into a major local art hub will take another step forward soon with the opening of a multi-cultural event location.

A 10,000-square-foot metal building on King Street and an adjacent covered courtyard will be converted into The Lumberyard, “a multi-purpose facility that will have a range of activities for all ages that will include music, story telling, film and dance classes,” according to Jeff Perlman, one of four principals leading the project. …

To get the Lumberyard ready for a June 1 opening, bathrooms, a portable stage, a classroom, and an “inside/outside” bar will be added. The outside courtyard will have couches, a large movie screen and other features.

Last year, I reported on property owner Josh Leder’s plans to turn the old lumber yard into a new arts destination. From my November story for the Asheville Citizen-Times:

The Brevard Lumber Yard is the working name of a burgeoning arts district that the property owner and a host of artists, residents and town officials have high hopes for. Josh Leder of Leder Properties bought the King Street property in August for $550,000, according to him. Since then, Leder has dusted off cobwebs, spruced up sidewalks and is talking about establishing artist studios, an art gallery and an art school on the 2-acre property. Seven buildings dot the site, and could be home to a farmers market, a restaurant and a music venue.

“With today’s economy, you have to get a little creative,” the 37-year-old south Florida native said during a recent tour of the old lumber yard.

So that’s what Leder did — mainly by attracting creatives. Leder has landed one of Asheville’s most prominent art gallery owners. Chris Foley, owner of the Haen Gallery, a contemporary art gallery on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville, plans to open a new 14,000-square-foot gallery at the lumber yard. It should be up and running by February and will feature sculpture.

(The Haen Gallery has since opened in the lumber yard.)

Jason Sandford

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

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