51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage


Controversial 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage approved
Asheville City Council approves 5 to 2; Bothwell, Smith oppose;
Local businesses highly supportive of project

At the Jan. 25, 2011, City Council public meeting, the 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage, a private-public partnership, was approved 5 to 2 with councilmembers Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith opposing the project.

The real estate closing on the property is anticipated to take place in February 2011.

Construction is expected to begin in March 2011.

Public comments made at the council meeting reported in Mountainx.com article: More>

Controversial 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage issue boils over
PARC, Bothwell oppose $10 million "boondoggle";
Public Interest Group provides "fact check";
City Council to allow citizen input at Jan. 25 meeting

City councilmember Gordon Smith confirmed to DowntownAsheville.com that Asheville City Council will allow public input by citizens to express their support or opposition of city financing of the proposed 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage at Council's regularly scheduled meeting on Tues., Jan. 25, 2011. | Councilmember Cecil Bothwell wrote at Cecilbothwell.wordpress.com: "The proposed 51 Biltmore parking deck will lose $10,122,083 over the first 25 years of operation according to [City staff's] estimate." | Opposition by PARC (People Advocating Real Conservancy): More> | Opposition by Councilmember Cecil Bothwell: More> | Opposition by Mountainx.com political cartoonist Molton, entitled "Brownie Points": More> | Support by private downtown developer Pat Whelan of Public Interest Projects with his "Fact Check": More> | City Council Jan. 25 meeting agenda: More>

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