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Our working title is 159 Riverside, but we'd love to hear ideas for a more creative name, maybe with historical or geographical significance.
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What kinds of features and amenities would you like to see included with the planned open spaces?

Trees. Benches. Community space that is open to everyone. A nice bus stop and bus shelter with Trash and recycling cans.

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What features and amenities are important for the residential section of the project?

bike parking, public and private outdoor spaces

A play space or options for kids since the greenway attracts families and people from out of town alike. Having a play space or kids creative space would be appreciated as there’s nothing in this area... Read more...

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What would you say is the best quality of the area and what needs the most improvement?

Best: River, riverwalk, walkability, bikability, awesome ceramic art galleries, glass blowing demos, artist studios, Bull and Beggar, the Wedge. Needs improvement: Aesthetics, smart reuse or removal and... Read more...

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What features and amenities are important for the residential section of the project?

1) At least 20% of the units should be truly affordable. I am not sure 80% AMI will get us there, but that should be the bare minimum. 2) With the urgency of addressing climate change, it would be a crime... Read more...

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What kinds of features and amenities would you like to see included with the planned open spaces?

1) Extensive permaculture demonstration garden and landscaping where people of all ages can interact and learn about edible and medicinal perennials, and sample the fruits 2) Signage and self guided tour... Read more...

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Our plan envisions the creation of approximately 10,000 SQ FT of retail space. What types of local businesses would you like to see included?

Art galleries, outdoor equipment sales for immediate use at the river, bicycle shop, fishing supplies, child care co-op. A unique space that invites salon-style conversation and very affordable game playing.... Read more...

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Our plan envisions the creation of approximately 10,000 SQ FT of retail space. What types of local businesses would you like to see included?

This is a terrible plan, a way to ruin a beautiful stretch of land. Think smaller less ugly.

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What would encourage you to spend more time in this area?

Not building this project.

We appreciate your passion for the area, Evar. This quote from a recent post on the RiverLink website perhaps addresses this better than we can: "The sale of the Historic Cotton Mill for a mixed use development... Read more...

Create opportunities for some/medium scale live music in the early evening hours. Not sure where or how but you used to be able to walk around Asheville and hear top quality live music like Sparrow and... Read more...

And what happens to this building when the first hurricane comes through? It’s been flooding in that spot since I moved to the hood!!! Oh forgot now it’s the River arts district. They can’t fill the... Read more...

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Our working title is 159 Riverside, but we'd love to hear ideas for a more creative name, maybe with historical or geographical significance.

Please keep the labyrinth!!!

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Our plan envisions the creation of approximately 10,000 SQ FT of retail space. What types of local businesses would you like to see included?

We need more artist studios and galleries in the River Arts District

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Our plan envisions the creation of approximately 10,000 SQ FT of retail space. What types of local businesses would you like to see included?

Art studios and galleries, in keeping with the River Arts District mission.

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Our working title is 159 Riverside, but we'd love to hear ideas for a more creative name, maybe with historical or geographical significance.

Something that evokes the river, like an animal or plant native to the French Broad. Mudpuppy? Hellbender? Mudtoe?

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A goal of this project is to include the Old Mill Building and Smokestack (currently unused) into the design and activation of this project?

Haven't been inside the Smokestack, but could it be repurposed as an interactive or otherwise unique art venue with curated, cutting edge experiential art exhibits? There could be a charge for entry or... Read more...

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