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RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC

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RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 week, 3 days ago
Audrey, affordable rents are posted by the city every year. You can find them here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AAiI0DXyglk2lAthLYFiroIDdB4dHo6RI7r_J5gQ23U/edit#gid=0
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 week, 3 days ago
Thanks L. A couple resources for you:
1) Asheville Arms (56 units) is workforce housing today and will remain so in our plan - https://www.apartments.com/102-furman-ave-asheville-nc/e2qmgsn/ . Rents for renovated two bed units are around $1,100-1,200 which is below 80% AMI.
2) Our affordable housing offerings will have to adhere to rent guidelines in place at the time they are built. You can find out what affordable rents are today, per HUD if you go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AAiI0DXyglk2lAthLYFiroIDdB4dHo6RI7r_J5gQ23U/edit#gid=0 . Our affordable housing is a mix of voucher units and 80% AMI units.
3) The remaining housing will be market rate with a mix of rental and for sale. Since we are possibly 1-2+ years away from delivering those homes, its best to use neighborhood comps from Zillow or any MLS listing site to gauge what those might be.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 week, 5 days ago
Lots of people hang out at Biltmore Park Town Square, walk their dogs and enjoy their public space while also supporting the businesses there.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 week, 5 days ago
Thanks for your concern, Audrey. Moving the affordable units to the Asheville Arms is not the plan. We do plan on having affordable units in the new building.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the input Suzanne. To be clear, we are replacing old low-density detached housing and/or vacant land with denser, multi-story apartment buildings. The building codes today require such buildings to be accessible, energy efficient, and compliant with all life-safety requirements including integrated fire alarm and sprinkler systems. From that standpoint they are more expensive and better made than older building stock. They also lack environmental contaminants like asbestos and lead paint which are prevalent in many older homes.
We do, however, understand there will be disagreements on aesthetics.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 weeks ago
Thanks Suzanne. Our traffic study was conducted by a professional engineering firm and went through a rigorous oversight process by city and state transportation officials as is required. They approved the study along with the agreed upon mitigation measures which would become conditions of our project if approved. What about the study is "not good"?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Thanks Thom. We'll continue to gather input on this topic and engage the artist community accordingly.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 weeks ago
Thanks for your words of support, Thom!
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month ago
Thanks for this feedback Mike. The project architecture is only at a conceptual level of development and will continue to evolve should the project move forward. What buildings built in Asheville in the 21st century do you find exemplary? We are always looking for precedents.
The City of Asheville dictates the sidewalks they would like us to install so feel free to let them know.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month ago
Thanks for this feedback Cheryl - we'll keep this in mind should we get a chance to build this project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month, 1 week ago
We understand the concern Daphne but you appear to be misinformed. Please review our info tab and see our Planning & Zoning submission from April 16. There, it very clearly articulates our proposed parking total of 412 which is on the low end of what the zoning code would require if we get approval. Its also important to note that the site currently has 150+ spaces, so the net increase is really only 260 spaces - a far cry from the 800 you mention.
In general, creating a density of housing, office and retail space within walking distance of employment centers and grocery stores decreases residents dependency on automobiles which have benefits both for residents and neighbors. Forcing housing to sites further from the core of Asheville will only exacerbate automobile use and vehicle miles traveled.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks Raven, these are some great suggestions we will consider.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks Raven. Our architectural revisions after the TRC hearing focused on the brick masonry language of the King James. The revisions changed window patterns from staggered to stacked/regular and replaced cement panel with masonry from the street level up to the 4th floor cornice. As you know the majority of our program is housing with office and retail being secondary and tertiary respectively.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for these comments. We've made revisions to the project with regards to trees, architecture, sidewalks space and green space per your comments above. An example of this is the increase of publicly accessible, privately funded open space from +/- 1 acre in our TRC submission to 1.3 acres in our most recent iteration of plans. Please use the poll questions to let us know how we might program that space so its useful to the public.
The other lots you referenced are likely to be developed and we encourage you to go to the city's development portal - https://dev-simplicity.ashevillenc.gov/development/major#data to follow projects as they are submitted.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months ago
Thanks Sadie. The event was limited in numbers by the venue operator so we extended invites to stakeholders we had not yet talked to as part of our ongoing outreach efforts. You and the direct abutters on the block were the first group we reached out to with a personal letter in Nov/Dec of 2020. You and Bob were the only ones to respond and we conducted two lengthy phone calls to make sure your concerns were heard. We are happy to conduct an in-person meeting if you are vaccinated. You have our email and personal cell number – reach out if you’d like.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months ago
Thanks Dee. Do you have a question about this project as proposed?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thank you Malcolm. A goal of the project is to bring a mix of affordable, workforce and market rate housing to the neighborhood. If a dearth of affordable housing in North Asheville exists, it would seem that it is all that much more important to create new opportunities for a wider array of citizens.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
We can and will plan for dark sky lighting. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Deb. These are great suggestions. We'll relay them to the team.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Deb. Those are all workable suggestions that we can dive into if we get approval.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for your comments! We love hearing from local businesses and welcome an opportunity to chat further. Your support for more opportunity and vibrancy on Charlotte Street is at the core of our plan.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for the comment. We'll be looking to the community to inspire what ultimately goes there.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Daphne for these ideas. We've heard a lot about living roofs and will look into it. While there will be some tree loss, its important to note that in general, building denser mixed-use projects on underutilized land close to the city center should reduce the need to develop mountain-side, steep slope, greenfield sites on marginal land outside of the city. There are region-wide benefits to taking this approach and leaving the mountains and hills in their natural state.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Kira, based on the timing of your comment, it looks like you missed the P&Z hearing where many spoke in support. That link can be found in Update #9.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Kira, we're exploring a solar array that would create an energy neutral or positive parking facility. There may be some opportunities for living roofs elsewhere in the project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Susan. Equally we ask people consider the cost to the environment of pushing housing and development out into the county and mountains in a sprawling manner that necessitates a reliance on the automobile. Higher density housing on a transit line within walking distance of grocery stores and downtown jobs is what smart growth is all about.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Cheryl, we appreciate the support.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks A. Ramirez but we'll be taking the risk on leasing that space. The community has expressed an interest in having more local retailers to serve the neighborhood and we are already receiving leasing inquiries.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
You are correct Laila, we have experience developing projects in well established neighborhoods. All we can say is our team is working on refining the architecture based on community feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We are above the 10% threshold for canopy preservation as spelled out in the tree preservation ordinance. If you'd like us to adhere to a different standard, please let us know what that is Kira.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the very specific feedback Erin.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the comment. We are leaving some existing trees, please see our plans. We can only consider art because the project is not approved currently. If it gains approval we are happy to firm up our plans accordingly.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Jan. There is currently no publicly accessible open space on site - it is private property some of which is vacant land. Our plan will allocate over 1.3 acres for public use and all will be accessible with paths, sidewalks etc so it can be enjoyed. Additionally there are semi-private spaces that will be programmed for residents in addition to the open space mentioned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Laila. Affordable housing is a lot more complex than that. It involves income qualification and verification, deed restrictions, private and public funding and most importantly residential density to make it all happen. Asheville does not have a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy meaning affordable housing in private development is either voluntary (in our case) or conditional (read the city's zoning code to familiarize yourself with density bonuses and how it relates to affordability).
We're preserving 56 units at Asheville Arms which currently has rents in the 70-90% range. Our opponents continue to tell us to knock that building down, but it can and will continue to be part of the workforce housing stock in the neighborhood.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Jan. Its important to note that our design has evolved and will continue to over the coming months. The architects are designing at essentially a concept design, early schematic design level based on the city's submission requirements. We will have an opportunity to address many of the concepts you mentioned if the project is approved.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Susan. We envision a healthy mix of retailers such that they complement each other and other existing businesses surrounding the site. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Michael, our team plans to engage only local artists when it comes time to commission any work.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Per our previous response, Daphne is incorrect to characterize the project as destroying every tree on site. Please review the documents submitted by navigating to the "Info" tab.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Daphne, thanks for engaging at the Planning & Zoning hearing. Its important to get the facts straight - we are preserving large trees on the site and exceeding the tree preservation ordinance. You can familiarize yourself with those plans by going to the "Info" tab, scrolling to the bottom and downloading the April 16 submission package. The landscape sheets at the end of that document detail how we are handling tree preservation. We encourage you to take the time to review the plans and then reach out if you have further questions. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Chafin. If you know of any bike shop operators looking to expand, send them our way.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Chafin. Art preferences seem to be split between sculptures and murals at the moment. We'll continue to gather feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Chafin, you can call RCG's Asheville office and ask to be added to an interested buyer's list. https://rcgasheville.com/
However for a variety of reasons we cannot market an preconstruction opportunities at this time. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Will E. The property is not for sale.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Will E. Your statement is untrue. Listen/watch the P&Z hearing in Update 9. Plenty of younger neighbors support the project and went on the record to express that.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Cheryl for this thought. Certainly our open spaces are oriented in a way that will support our retailers.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Suzanne. Charlotte Street is a commercial corridor. Moving further into the site, we agree, it should stay residential and we are doing that.
Are you suggesting we change our project to cater to tourists?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Kari, we are hoping to provide a home for local businesses in two ways. One, our retail spaces will be able to be demised into smaller square footages to allow lower gross rent price points. Two, we are proposing up to 15 Live/Work spaces. Those spaces allow someone who owns a business to have flexible living and street-facing work space on a one-year lease. It is a great alternative for a small business that wants a brick and mortar presence but without the risk of a commercial lease. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Sue. We'll be developing the design of some of the other buildings and sharing soon.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Dan. We hope this project can make lasting contributions to the Charlotte Street community for the next 100 years.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Mark. You are correct in that there will be local construction jobs created to help build the project followed by spaces for businesses to locate and create more jobs. The maker space sounds interesting and we are hoping to continue to improve the Live/Work component of the project to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Daniel. We appreciate the support. Let us know of any retailers you think would be a good fit for this location.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Mark. You can connect further with us via a direct message on our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/101CharlotteSt .
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Andy, thanks for the support. Our goal of enhancing the walkability and livability of the neighborhood is what has driven our planning. We look forward to hopefully delivering that for the neighborhood.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Sue. Our architecture has evolved and will continue to based on neighborhood feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Ben, we are looking into solar and like the potential it offers on this project. All we can say is that we will focus more on those strategies if we get approval. The solar array on the garage is likely large enough to make the building energy positive allowing us to power all site lighting with solar power as well.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Tolli, we'd be happy to understand your concerns regarding the building on Furman Ave. Please send us an email and we can take it from there.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Stewart - our team has been hard at work for over a year and considered a lot of alternatives to come up what we think is a positive inclusive plan for growth. Greater walkability is at the core of what we are trying to accomplish.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Mike. We are working on it and updated our design with inspiration from buildings like the King James and materials like lap siding from the residential structures from the neighborhood. Let us know what examples of buildings built recently in Asheville you find as appropriate or inspirational.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months ago
Thanks Bow - we've designed the project with local businesses in mind.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months ago
Thanks Brooke. We've talked to Grow Wise and asked if they had a policy for type, size and number of trees that should be replanted if a larger tree has to come down. We're still waiting on that as initially they said they didn't have one. Otherwise we are complying with all ordinances in place concerning tree canopy. If you'd like to define a different standard we should be held to, please let us know what it is.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months ago
Hi Dale, if we were to leave all the homes and only develop vacant land under existing zoning regulations the net reduction to our proposed project would be something on that magnitude. It is very unlikely those 100 homes would then be created in a location so close to downtown and on transit within walking distance to stores and services.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Roberta. We hope to make decisions on public facing artwork in concert with the artist community.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Haley, the Killian family in partnership with RCG owns the land. Some of the properties on the block have been under ownership longer than others.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Roberta. Our retail spaces will have the flexibility to be small or larger depending on tenant profile and needs. We are also planning on live/work spaces that have direct street access and will allow small businesses and entrepreneurs a chance to grow without the commitment of a commercial lease. We are increasing green space, some of which will support the retail spaces.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Hi Sadie, these are unfortunate comments that sound like definitive statements about the owner's intent. How would you (or anyone)know of that?
Thanks for your opinions. We are hoping to improve upon proposed plans relative to your abutting property. Please see the plans again. The majority of trees we are saving directly abut your property. We will plant many more to further alleviate the condition you are referencing.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Good enough Jan. Plenty of your neighbors feel there is a need for more goods and services on the corridor. We understand however why project opponents want to maintain the status quo.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Jan. We disagree on the need for streetscape improvements on Charlotte Street.
The road diet only addressed the ROW within the curbs. Sidewalks were not improved and remain 4-5' wide with utility poles in the way. Our project would be the logical next step in fully improving the Charlotte Street corridor so it better balances vehicular, bike, pedestrian and transit needs.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Jan. We would consider HTCs for any home we end up saving. As for green building materials, we are looking into an energy neutral/positive garage with a solar array on the roof. We know North Carolina is keen on solar!
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Amy, was there a comment on public art?

We are preserving over 70% of the existing housing units on the site. The new housing will provide a significant net contribution to Asheville's housing stock as well as 18 new affordable homes that are of new construction quality. Detail on those 18 new affordable homes are forthcoming. It's important to remember that to create affordable units of the same quality we are proposing, significant investment would need to be made. It would not be an investment if there were no potential return, so we are leveraging the scale of the project to create a market-based solution to expanding affordable housing for Asheville. We won't be using public subsidy to do this - saving taxpayers that burden.

It sounds like you'd like to keep the old homes but don't have a mechanism to ensure their affordability after they are improved. Neither does PSABC or other opponents. We're looking to find solutions that work and are actionable, not hopes and dreams. Thanks for your input.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Amy - those are some interesting thoughts on property rights.
Either way, the proposed project DOES offer quite a bit for the community: a totally reimagined Charlotte Street frontage with a particular focus on pedestrians and bikes along with a new bus shelter, an open and accessible site, public art, new deed-restricted affordable homes, environmentally sensitive buildings, live-work units for small/growing businesses to take hold as well as more housing stock and an expanded tax base. These myriad benefits would be mostly lost in a by-right development of the site. Please keep this in mind.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Michael, see update #4 - we are working on the architecture so stay tuned.

Also, you should know we are doing incremental improvements on the Asheville Arms so that apartments are updated, freshly painted etc. We've done a number of enhancements to the courtyard and common areas as well. Even with that, rents still remain below 100% AMI. We hear people on the aesthetics of the Arms and exterior improvements are in the works.
Lastly, losing density on the remainder of the block just costs the project/community new affordable housing stock. It has to be funded and in our case the economies of scale enable that. The idea is that the Arms is improved and serves as workforce housing going forward while new, high-quality Affordable Homes are created in the new buildings. We hope that helps and certainly welcome the constructive feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Jody, we don't know yet the exact length of the deed restriction but typically it starts at 20 years. We will look for further guidance from the City and the terms of the affordable housing commitment will be written into the conditions of the zoning approval (if approved). If the project is not approved, it will make long term affordability much more difficult to execute on this site.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for your insight, Sharon. Santa Barbara is also one of the most expensive places in the country to live and has a median home price of over $555,000 (according to Zillow). Design standards can definitely be a positive thing, but can also come with a high price tag. According to move.org "California continues to be the costliest place for renters and owners alike, with wage inequality and rising housing costs making it difficult to afford. Currently, more than a third of Californians live in or near poverty." We're hoping to provide Asheville with some more affordable options with this project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Bill you are talking about something different than what we are proposing. There is some undeveloped land on the site however it is neither public nor meant to be accessible to the public. The 1+ acre we are proposing is privately funded, publicly accessible open space. That is a big difference.

We have laid out a series of open spaces, courtyards, streetscapes (we are giving back 25' of our property along the entire length of Charlotte Street) that together will allow the public and residents of the block to move through the site and linger if they wish. Those spaces have not been fully designed, hence the questions about open space programming.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Russ, we are working with the city now on the Charlotte Street frontage which sets buildings back 25' from our property line in order to create a generous, safe and inviting public space.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Russ - we like the idea of murals too and will look into it.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Understood Karen. If you'd like our project to be held to a different standard of tree preservation than any other project, please let us know what that is. "Not enough" is hard to quantify.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
We hear you Susan. Intrinsic to our proposal is a certain density of housing that would be supportive of the retailers. Additionally, if the Fuddruckers site proposes a significant amount of new housing, there would be a greater chance of the neighborhood being able to support retail on site. Lastly Charlotte street will provide the visibility retails will need to be successful. Locating the retail uses at grade on the ground floor of our buildings will give them a physical set up that makes access easy and provides great visibility. Outdoor seating and adjacent open space will give retailers flexibility to seasonally extend their spaces outside of the buildings.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for these thoughts Susan. We are looking to create real Affordable housing and would commit to the 18 homes being deed-restricted for 20 or more years. The deed restriction is the key distinguishing factor between what we are offering and what PSABC claims we are taking away. These homes would be brand new and of a standard that gives the inhabitants the respect and dignity they deserve. We are also privately funding those new affordable homes because we believe its the right thing to do. That means we aren't asking you, the tax payer, to help pay for the affordable housing component of our project. We are certainly open to a dialogue on how to improve the affordable housing offerings of our project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi Susan, our intent is to create public accessible, privately funded open space. In the context of other developments, many times projects similar in scale to ours will count open space but restrict its access to residents only. The 1+ acre accounts for those areas that are public. There are additional open spaces that are more private including (for example) the courtyard of the Asheville Arms.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thank you both. We address the tree issue in our FAQs tab. Our plan exceeds the city's own tree preservation ordinance and we are still looking to improve on that.

Projects like ours (close to downtown, transit accessible, on previously developed land) offer the opportunity to add housing where it is sorely needed and alleviates pressure on greenfield sites to absorb housing demand. This saves countless trees and puts people close to amenities, food and jobs where there is less need for an automobile than at greenfield sites. When considered in the context of regional planning and land conservation, these factors must be weighed.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Brooke and Evar - the plan you reference has 0 affordable housing and posits underground parking which is both infeasible at the density shown and can't be constructed without destruction of trees (which they claim will be saved). Don't misconstrue that plan as viable in any way.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Brooke, we are looking to save even more trees than is currently shown on our plans. We're exceeding the tree preservation ordinance now and will hopefully improve on that as plans evolve.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Brooke.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Brooke. Your thoughts on the architecture make sense and we are working on improving the design currently. With regards to affordable housing the 18 homes is 10% of our total of new homes on site. Its important to note two things. 1) This is a starting point and the total may evolve/change. 2) Our proposal doesn't require public subsidy meaning we are privately funding the 18 homes based on the scale of the project. Tax payers aren't being asked to foot the bill with grant money and the conditional zoning we are seeking requires 0% of homes be affordable. Its a voluntary contribution and will be deed restricted for 20 years.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Lisa - we've heard a small neighborhood grocer might be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for these thoughts Heath. We are working with the city and bike community to ensure our site is multi-modal and complimentary to the road diet work complete. The project is located within 1/2 mile of downtown and about 1/3 mile to grocery stores on Merrimon allowing pedestrian access to jobs and food. Lastly, we are exploring sustainable strategies with our construction team now and if approved, hope make energy efficient buildings and on-site renewables part of the project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Moss sculptures - who knew? Thanks for this tip Heath.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
The community garden idea is a good one Heath - there will be room for something like this and we hope the community gives us a chance to make that happen.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Wow Heath, these are some great ideas! We could probably accommodate most of these types of businesses with perhaps the exception of a movie theater or music venue.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Lisa. What types of sculptures? Do you have some artists in mind?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
We are planning for those elements Lisa. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 3 months, 4 weeks ago
All valid concerns Susan. We will salvage and repurpose materials and hopefully donate them to non-profits and architectural salvage yards who can use them. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks Brooke. Do you have a comment about the types of businesses you'd like to see in our planned retail spaces?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks Dave. We've done a lot of outreach. There are three groups behind the site you mention.
1) Proximate Neighbors are a portion of the neighbors who we met with on 1/7 and subsequently on 2/23 addressing all their questions and taking their feedback. Many of the reasonable suggestions the Charlotte Street Neighbors group brought forth in that meeting are things we are working on now. Please stay tuned.
2) PSABC. We met with them in October after which they publicly opposed the project before even seeing our plans. We have not met since and have not heard from them. They know our number. See our FAQ section.
3) GP-SNMA. We have not met with them and they never reached out to us directly. We would meet with them but their position seems pretty clear at this point.

The ACSG has active links to a petition against the project and opposition letter templates to city councilors. How would you suggest we engage in good faith with a group such as this?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thank you for your response, Suzanne. Do you also have a suggestion for what we should do with the 56 families currently occupying the Asheville Arms if we were to tear it down?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks for your input, Suzanne. We find it shockingly disrespectful that you would put the tragedy of Dr. Killian's untimely death in quotation marks, as if it weren't a tragedy. Also not sure why you feel anyone is trying to gain sympathy, although it certainly was and is deserved when someone loses a loved one.

We have seen Charlotte Street traffic pre and post COVID and pre and post road diet, and all of that is being taken into consideration for the required traffic impact study.

As for not caring about the neighborhood character, please see the other projects that the Killians have restored -- the Von Ruck, the Jeter Pritchard house and currently beginning on the Commodore Apartments.

Lastly, if the only motivation were financial, the property could simply be sold or a commercial structure like the UBS building could replace the old houses.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks Mike. Offering a combination of business and residential opportunities, including on-site affordable housing, is central to our goals for this project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
We look forward to engaging the artist community to that end. Supporting the project will help make that possible.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
These are great suggestions Robert. Thanks.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks Debra. We are working on some of these design suggestions now.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Sorry to hear that Carroll. What "rundown neighborhood" are you referring to?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Good suggestions Kit. The site will be open and welcoming such that you could traverse our site on one of your walks if you chose.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Thanks Kit - we believe in the project and are working actively to make it better based on the constructive feedback we've received.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months ago
Hi Marie. We understand that frustration. It is not us who determined not to negotiate, it was the PSABC. See the FAQs response to question 8.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
We agree Kit. Our plan will allow for cafes/restaurants and provides plenty of room for outdoor seating.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Audrey in response to your concern about the structures on Baird, the current RM-8 zoning allows for structures up to 40' in height. Those proposed on Baird are lower than that. We took care to make sure those structures were compatible with what is allowable now in that neighborhood. The zoning relief namely is needed on Charlotte Street. Thanks.

https://library.municode.com/nc/asheville/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH7DE_ARTVIIIGEUSEXDI_S7-8-6REMUMIMEDEDI
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Mark, we appreciate the comments. Our team of dedicated professionals has put a lot of time and effort into making this a plan that benefits a great many in the Asheville community.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Natalie but results from our polling suggest otherwise. More than 60% feel new affordable housing is the most significant public benefit followed by 20+% who feel it is new neighborhood retail opportunities.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Sorry you feel that way Natalie - did you have a comment about the types of local businesses you'd like to see in the project?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Thank you Mary, we concur this is an ideal location for density. The number of deed-restricted affordable homes will be a topic of discussion going forward and may change. Thanks for your feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Molly, we are certainly open to a dialogue on affordability. There are a number of ways affordable homes could be increased including alternate funding sources and/or increased density. Don't forget the Asheville Arms will continue to function as workforce housing (currently renting at 80-100% AMI levels) and its 56 homes represent 23+% of the total when the project is completed.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
This is intriguing Debra. Thanks for sharing.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the comments Debra and for keeping the feedback constructive. This is most helpful as we refine the project. We are working with our architects on the facade treatment of the garage. It will have some landscape screening at its base.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Interesting idea Debra. We've heard others mention the desire for an outdoor, informal performance area. We'll discuss with our landscape architects.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you Sharon and Marie for your opinions. Sharon, since you lived in San Francisco for many years, you must be aware of what a housing crisis there is there. The median price for a home in California is more than $700,000 and the state has four of the nation’s five most expensive housing markets and a quarter of the nation’s homeless residents. While California is a wonderful state, we don't think those are statistics we should aspire to.

Marie, Charleston also has a challenging real estate market, as I'm sure you are well aware. And while we too think the homes restored on Rainbow Row are magnificent, their price points certainly don't reflect affordability for the average family.

Asheville is in desperate need of housing but no one wants multi-family units in their neighborhood. Unfortunately, the majority of Asheville residents can't afford to buy, restore and maintain old homes like these. Our goal is to create housing for the many and hopefully contribute to a more diverse and equitable community. While all of the new units we've proposed won't be deeded affordable, creating more housing supply will help drive down rates -- if NIMBYism can be overcome.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Bob for the suggestions. We like the idea of solar panels on top of the garage structure and are looking into it.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Sharon. We have been working with an arborist and will be planting both mature and young trees. While you are right, they won't be as large as many of the current trees, they will be thoughtfully planted and maintained so they can reach their fullest heights and live long, healthy lives.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Sharon. We'll continue to refine the plan with regards to landscaping.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Audrey, our proposal does not contemplate short term rentals. The apartments would be leased on an annual basis similar to other properties in the RCG/Killian portfolio.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
We're sorry you feel this way David. We'll address some of the accusations of neglect in the upcoming FAQ section.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Nick. We are exceeding the Tree Preservation ordinance and are evaluating ways to save even more trees.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Marie. This comment is just your Feb. 1 Letter to the Editor right?
We'll address the homes issue in our FAQ section. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Nikki. We've been in outreach mode since last fall and conducted many virtual and socially distant meetings. We'll continue that effort and hope this website provides the forum for productive community dialogue.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Nikki. The idea of murals is gaining some traction. We'll consider some places for that to happen.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks Nikki. We're working on ways to make the project accessible to small business tenants including the Live/Work unit concept.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Audrey, sorry if that wasn't clear. That is why we're asking for rezoning - because the current zoning doesn't allow building new housing on Charlotte Street. What it does allow for, without needing City Council approval, is a commercial structure like the UBS building across the street.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, Nikki. We will definitely have walking paths and are looking at possibilities for a new and improved bus stop.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Sorry for the confusion, Audrey. No that's not correct. 10% of the new rental units will be deeded affordable according to Asheville guidelines.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 2 weeks ago
We hear your concerns, Audrey, and fully understand. The traffic study will take into account the reduced numbers because of the pandemic.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Dave. We are working on an FAQ section and will share that soon. It should address why we have chosen the MXD EXP zoning designation.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Bill. Density and affordability go together. We are providing deed restricted, newly built, affordable homes for 18 families without a public subsidy. The economics of the historic restoration of the homes and low-density development doesn't work for creating deed-restricted affordability. We are open to a dialogue on affordable housing as the design evolves.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Kieta Osteen-Cochrane. Our vision for the site is to serve residents and businesses of Asheville, not to drive tourist traffic as you suggest. Second, the base zoning you suggest we stick to allows for 20 units/acre by right with a density bonus tied to affordability. The 12 unit/acre target you referenced would be a 40% reduction from the baseline zoning at the front of the site (CB1).
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Marie.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for your opinion. The owner will do something on this site so we hope the community can offer constructive feedback to that end.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for all your feedback, Bill. The current site is private, so we feel the addition of close to an acre of green space that will be open to the community to use is an improvement. Not sure yet what the benches will be facing, but we'll keep your suggestions in mind.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Sharon. We are certainly tracking the market. We will have class A office space as part of this project and hope it will allow Asheville based companies the ability to grow and stay here. Certainly the residential density of our site and a future Fuddruckers project should provide additional customers to support retail spaces.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Gavin. We hope to add to the lively restaurant scene on Charlotte Street. We look forward to those conversations with restauranteurs at the appropriate time.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Michael. We have not designed those spaces yet, hence the questions. When considering alternative site plan approaches it is important to note that we could have pushed the buildings closer to the property lines and enclosed open space in a courtyard, essentially privatizing that amenity. Our team chose instead to open the site up and allow access through the site. We hope to give the open spaces more definition as we continue to get public feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Dave, we appreciate this feedback and will address what we mean with a frequently asked questions tab forthcoming. That said our vision includes an activated Charlotte Street frontage to the site, one with wide sidewalks, retail spaces, lobbies, sidewalk seating for restaurants, landscaping and other components shown on our plans. The existing homes are 12-15' above the grade of Charlotte Street. That physical disconnection from the street level makes activating Charlotte Street very difficult with the existing structures.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Evar, please familiarize yourself with the info tab. https://courbanize.com/projects/101charlottestreet/information
We are including 10% of new homes as affordable with a deed restriction. Additionally the Asheville Arms, a building that will be retained, functions as workforce housing today with rents in the 80-100% AMI level (though not deed restricted).
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Indeed Kyle. Even post-CoVid we know the trend of outdoor dining will not go away. We have the space to accommodate it.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Thom J. We think there are great opportunities to further serve the neighborhood by providing retail spaces with vendors providing high quality goods and services.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Evar. This narrative is not accurate. We will address this common claim by project opponents in a frequently asked questions tab forthcoming this week.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Michael. We are still working on plans so that number may be adjusted. Research, both formal and anecdotal, show there is a need for retail space, but we know the past year has changed everything.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Nick. We definitely want to recruit and support local small businesses and non-profits. If you have thoughts on how we can do that as we move forward, please share with us.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Great ideas, Nick. We definitely are looking into seating options so folks can enjoy the beautiful weather.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Robert, we fully agree. That's why we're including public greenspace into the site (the greenspace that's on the property currently is private). We'd love suggestions on what you consider 'unique.'
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Gavin. We like your thought about an outdoor performance area.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for your feedback, Whit. Is there available land on the other side of 240?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Laura. The preservationists want us to tear down the Asheville Arms but it is a difficult and complicated proposition. That building represents over 70% of the existing tenant base on site. We're making improvements to the Asheville Arms so that it can continue to serve the role of workforce housing.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Sorry to disappoint you Elizabeth, but bear with us. We are not done designing this project!

Our project offers long-term deed restricted affordability in new structures on site. There will be no public subsidy requested.

Rehabbing existing structures to the standards required for historic tax credits would leave the site with no affordable housing. This is just the reality and interplay between residential density and new, deed restricted affordable housing.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Elizabeth. We feel the core elements of a great project are there and that with some additional development of the design, we'll end up with a project that belongs in Asheville.

It sounds like the existing homes erased/destroyed some earlier (pre-industrial) history of the site - we'll look into that.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks John. Lowering the new buildings so they meet the grade of Charlotte Street while widening the sidewalk is key to our project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Dee. Our team is looking into some of the elements you mentioned. Certainly for the new single family residential homes we are proposing, references to those residential architectural elements are appropriate.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks John. We agree that there are the potential for numerous "third places" in this project whether it is the outdoor seating you reference of a cafe that becomes a retail tenant. We'd all love to have those spaces available post COVID.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks John. We are gathering feedback and certainly open to changes. Our hope is to build a project we can all be proud of.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 3 weeks ago
OK Julie. Sorry to hear you won't be visiting the site. The Killian family has been in this neighborhood over 40 years and RCG has been in Asheville over 15 years. We're not out-of-town developers. We're your neighbor.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Jessica - these are good suggestions.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Karolyn. We are working on the design to ground it more in its context. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the thoughts Dawn. A community garden is something we can look at. We don't want this project to be generic either.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Stuart. If you are referring to building new detached housing along Charlotte Street next to the existing homes, the existing zoning doesn't allow for that. Additionally that is incompatible with Charlotte Street as a commercial corridor and innovation district as outlined in the Living Asheville Comprehensive Plan.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks Dawn. We've previously touched on how existing homes, particularly on Charlotte Street are incompatible with the owner's vision but more importantly with the language about growth areas and innovation districts in the Living Asheville Comprehensive Plan. We're working on the design to ground it more in the context of Asheville.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback Jessica. Hearing your preference for affordable housing over retail space will help us calibrate our program moving forward.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks AJ. On the retail aspect, other commenters on this site do hint at a need for local, community -oriented retail to complement retailers that are already in business on Charlotte Street. Our retail spaces would likely be more neighborhood focused and not regional or destination oriented.

In terms of your claim that the greenest home is one that exists already, it is more nuanced than you think. Perhaps that is true for an owner of a single parcel looking to replace a detached home that exists with a new detached home. However, in our context, the proposed plan offers a net increase of more than 100 homes versus a preservation scheme. The burden on satisfying that differential in housing demand gets shifted to greenfield sites, or sometimes poorer neighborhoods including those further from employment centers. More land resources and automobile trips are the byproduct of this form of NIMBYism. We hope to contribute to the solution to some of those issues on our site and it is part of the vision for the project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Nancy. The advent of the road diet in combination with 20'+ sidewalks we are creating should ensure a safer pedestrian environment. We are working with the city, community and bike groups to fine tune our plans regarding bike safety.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
This is an interesting idea Nancy. We are planning some flexible open spaces that might accommodate this concept on a recurring basis. Additionally, during lease up, vacant commercial/retail spaces could function as pop-up gallery spaces. We're open to the possibilities.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Nancy - we like the idea of locally owned businesses having a home at our project too.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Nancy, we plan to upload our traffic study once complete. We've heard similar feedback and are taking steps to mitigate impacts, including additional cueing lanes on Chestnut and Baird Streets and no curb cuts on Charlotte Street. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Jessica. We've elaborated elsewhere why the homes on Charlotte Street are ill-suited to retail uses. We will look to partner with locally-owned businesses when the project advances.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Indeed Sarah, we're working on modifying the design based on similar feedback.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We like this idea and hope the community can support the project so we can bring art to the site.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sarah. We're confident our local landscape architects at Site Design Studio will chose the appropriate plantings.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for these suggestions Sarah.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sarah. We hear you and are working on it. Are there any buildings built this century that say "Asheville" to you. We are well aware of those older buildings in the neighborhood like the King James, the Commodore (a Killian property) and the Jefferson Apartments.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Jenny. Can you elaborate on "mullet" buildings?

What do you mean by environmental benefits? Multi-family housing of the type we are proposing, in close proximity to downtown has been shown to have much greater environmental benefits than detached single family housing. Additionally we hope to make these buildings as energy efficient and environmentally conscious as the market will allow.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Tom - see the info tab and associated links to orient yourself with the plan.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Richard. Did you have a comment about types of art should be on site?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We respectfully disagree Richard. We believe for open spaces to feel welcoming and inviting they need to be activated. The density of uses in combination with future programming of the site would achieve that goal. In our opinion the least successful urban open spaces are those that are over-sized, under programmed and inflexible.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Richard - do you mean you would prefer an open space more akin to a park (ie open lawn?). The spaces we've created are certainly "open" in another sense in that they are accessible to all in the neighborhood.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Richard. Below is how we responded to Jenny Quinn about the desire to make the Charlotte homes retail spaces. There are real challenges to doing that which are intrinsic to the way the homes sit on the site.

"With regards to retail, we truly believe that to be successful the retailer needs visibility and ease of access from the street. The older homes, some 12-15' above street level and set back, don't offer that. They also represent challenges to those with physical disabilities. Our new buildings would adhere to current building codes and ADA standards."
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Benji. We'd be interested in working with the community on that. We hope you can support the project so we can all make that happen. Are you volunteering?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Joseph. We'll keep that in mind.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Benji for those examples. We've heard from others as well that a neighborhood-scaled grocery may be desired.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We enjoy breweries too Haley - know of any looking to expand or launch?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thank you for the feedback Haley. We are working on the architecture and hope to present some revisions soon.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for this feedback Sydney. We have found inspiration in the Living Asheville Comp Plan and are looking to strike the delicate balance of serving the neighborhood, the community and the larger city. More homes is a city and regional need that we think the plan addresses.
The project will respect the road diet and we await city feedback on our proposed frontage on Charlotte Street. We are flexible in that regard.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We agree Sydney. In these times we recognize the need to support restaurants with opportunities for outdoor seating. Our plan allows for outdoor seating in front of both buildings on Charlotte Street, on the "terrace" and also in the spaces between the garage and Buildings A and D. As far as parking, we are looking to provide enough space for our retailers and their patrons as well as the new residents/workers on our site.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sydney. We earmarked over 15% of the site as publicly accessible open space, with some additional semi-private spaces (like the Asheville Arms courtyard, front stoops/porches at the live/work units etc). There is a positive correlation between building height and amount of open space as smaller footprint structures that are taller allow the kind of open space we are proposing. Smaller/shorter buildings would have an inverse relationship to more open space. We looked at this and found that by-right zoning produces lots of small structures and lots of surface parking (ie short buildings cannot be supported by centralized parking). The UBS Building (a Killian property) is an example of this dynamic and trade off.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sydney. We are reaching out to local business and retail groups to understand how the project might fit local business needs. If we get approved we can have more substantial discussions with potential tenants.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Jodi. Which homes are you referring to? Are there certain ones that are of a higher priority to the community than others?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Hi Tom. At the bottom of the info tab there are a series of links to project documents and information. Please take a look, download and let us know if there are further questions.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Interesting idea Tom. Are you hinting at a playground of sorts or something different?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for your input Jessie. We certainly know where PSABC stands on this issue.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Jody. We have heard the community on that and are taking steps to improve the design. Stay tuned.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion Haley. We like the King James too and will keep it in mind as design continues to evolve.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for your input, Judy. As a long-time resident of the neighborhood, you probably know these houses were already divided into apartment units when Dr. Killian purchased them 30+ years ago. Unfortunately, they would need a lot more than "sprucing up" in order to be a starter home for a family. We hope the row houses and the apartments will be great options for young families and a diversity of community members.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thank you for your response and your time, Tom. The houses are within a historic district but are not designated as historic themselves. We are looking into the feasibility of moving some of them.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Bob. Dynamic art sounds interesting. Can you give us some examples of artists doing that kind of work?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Mary. If you have a comment related to the question of the planned open spaces, let us know.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Understood Mary. Currently the site is private without open spaces or amenities intended for public use. The proposed project would provide over 1 acre of privately funded, publicly accessible open space. Suggestions on how we might program those spaces are welcomed. When complete the intent is for all in the community to be able to access and move through the site.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Kat - we'd like to get a local restaurant operator to come to our project. Let us know if any come to mind that might be a good fit.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Kat - we've heard from others that a garden would be welcomed. We'll look into that with our design team.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Scott. This is an idea we will share with our landscape architect.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for the feedback Sadie. We've personally reached out to you and Bob multiple times since the project began but haven't heard back in a while. If you'd like to have a dialogue and work together on this, you know our contact info.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sadie. Sculptures would be great. Let us know if there are any local sculptors you think would be a match for the project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Sadie. We'd like local businesses to have a home in our project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for the feedback Dee. For our thoughts on height please see Kat's comment and our answer. With regards to architecture and design, we hear the feedback and are working on it. If there are buildings in Asheville you like of a similar scale, let us know.
As far as trees we know losing mature trees is difficult. To mitigate that loss, we are replanting two trees for every one removed and adhering to all tree preservation and landscape ordinances currently in effect in the city of Asheville.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for the comment Kat. We like the King James too! Our site has some challenges that others in the overlay district do not, namely significant grade sloping up from Charlotte Street. So, in our case the buildings are 4 and 5 stories on Charlotte Street and 3 and 4 stories from the rear elevation. To mitigate height we've done two things: 1) we've set back the 5th story so when you are directly next to the building on Charlotte Street it will be perceived as 4 stories. 2) We've set the building back 25' from the Charlotte Street property line. A key factor in the perception of building height is the relationship of the building's height to its adjacent right of way. In our case, we are effectively widening the Charlotte Street ROW by 25'. If the future developers of Fuddruckers were to follow suite the Charlotte Street ROW might be up to 100'+ . We think a 5 story building on a 100'+ right of way feels much different than a 5 story building on a 40' ROW. We hope that helps contextualize our thinking on height.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We're sorry you feel that way Mary. Do you have any constructive feedback about the profile of retail tenants?
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Jenny. We understand the attachment to the homes. With regards to retail, we truly believe that to be successful the retailer needs visibility and ease of access from the street. The older homes, some 12-15' above street level and set back, don't offer that. They also represent challenges to those with physical disabilities. Our new buildings would adhere to current building codes and ADA standards.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Dee and Matt, thanks so much for sharing these insights. That profile of vendor makes more sense now. We certainly hope to get to a point where we can have serious discussions with potential tenants. In the meantime, if you know of any local operators who might be a good fit, let us know.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Matt. We love Chop Shop, City Bakery, Taco Temple and others too. We're reaching out to local business and restaurant groups for feedback and hope to bring local retailers and restaurants to the project. Stay tuned!
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks for the comment and question Bob. The intent is for the building's occupants to self-park on our site, off the street. With 450 spaces planned and a mix of uses, we believe the off-street parking supply will be satisfy demand. Ultimately our plan must comply with the parking requirements set forth in the MXD EXP zoning designation we are seeking.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Love the idea of functional public art! If you know of any good examples, please share with us. We are definitely planning on bike racks so input on what cyclists prefer would also be welcome.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Would a grocery concept be needed/have a chance for success given the proximity of large grocers on Merrimon Ave. ? We like the idea in concept but want to learn more from neighbors about where they get their food. Thanks Scott.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We agree a stormwater detention pond makes no sense here. As design progresses we'll look for opportunities to integrate stormwater retention etc with public open spaces. Pet amenities are something we'll be planning for as design evolves.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
We know housing supply is needed in Asheville and providing it is core to the vision for the project.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
These are interesting ideas that we can look into. Certainly portions of the garage facade could be opportunities for art as well as open spaces.
RCG LLC and Charlotte Street Properties LLC commented on 101 Charlotte Street 5 months ago
Thanks Cate. With the building setbacks and open spaces we are planning, there should be plenty of room for outdoor seating.