Project Passes Design Review!

Thank you to the Design Review Committee members who met virtually on June 3rd to review our project. The Committee was created to perform design review for all major works in the River District Design Review area, the Central Business District, and hotels outside of those areas.

Following presentations by Shannon Tuch, Principal Planner for the City of Asheville, and project architect Chris DeNome of The Beck Group, Committee members discussed aspects of the proposed design and whether it met River District Design guidelines as well as those of the Wilma Dykeman Riverway Master Plan.

We're pleased to let you know the Committee approved the project unanimously with the added conditions of including vegetation between the sidewalk and the proposed parking lot at 144 Riverside, reworking the building’s open pass-through sections, and agreeing not to add any kind of artwork or district locational signage to the smokestack. 

The next step for the project is the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 7. In the meantime, we are still seeking community input on a variety of items, including how to best utilize the old cotton mill building and smokestack. Remember you can give us your feedback here.

There is also now signage (pictured) on both sites offering pedestrians an opportunity to comment via text message.

 We are excited that we've received so much input on this project. The plans continue to evolve and we hope it will eventually become an integral part of the RAD.


Thank you all for the insightful input and ideas you’ve shared with us so far. We had a design review meeting with stakeholders from the RAD and city employees last week and are excited to share with you the latest architectural renderings we prepared for that review.

The next step will be submitting our application to Planning & Zoning, which, if all goes as scheduled, will be by the end of next week (5/28).

Your participation during this process has been more than helpful. Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the Feedback section


Thanks for your input, Asheville!

We are so appreciative for all the feedback we’ve received regarding the proposed development at 159 Riverside Drive and we want you to know we are listening! From the comments on the website and our ongoing community outreach we know green building features, open space, artist studios, outdoor sculptures, local retailers, and affordable housing are some of the key things important to the community.

Our team is hard at work collecting all your input and determining what we can incorporate as we continue to hammer out the plans and move forward. Please keep your ideas coming and share the website with others who might be interested.

Our first meeting with the Technical Review Committee (TRC) is scheduled for later this month. We anticipate having more updates for you following that meeting.

We look forward to sharing the latest news with you soon and thanks again.


Welcome to the 159 Riverside Drive outreach site!

Thanks for visiting our new website! The purpose of this platform is to provide you with information on the 159 Riverside Drive development and to collect all your feedback.

Please make yourself at home! Poke around to see what your neighbors are discussing and be sure to comment with your own ideas. Also hit that ‘Subscribe’ button to stay in-the-loop on all project updates. 

Everything posted here is sent straight to us at the project team. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!