Downtown Developments


CLICK ON THE HIGH-RISE PROJECTS ABOVE AND BELOW.


TOWERS OF TROUBLE?
*A WAVE OF HUGE HIGH-RISES IS RISING in Downtown Asheville. | Several large new construction projects are moving forward quickly in Downtown Asheville. Others, perhaps to avoid possible constraints imposed by a new Downtown Master Plan, are said to be brewing. Only one, the proposed complex on the old Deal Chevrolet site on Merrimon Avenue has died. When might the madness of who can build the tallest skyscraper in Asheville and Western North Carolina end? Possible answer: When the Downtown Master Plan is completed and presented to City Council in October 2008. Until that plan is finished and receives wide public support, the current Asheville attitude is tower happy. Some say that spells trouble in river city, with a capital "T" and that stands for TALL.


HIGH-RISE HEAVEN ON HAYWOOD?
*HAYWOOD PARK HIGH-RISE REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL WAS APPROVED by the Asheville Downtown Commission | Asheville's tallest building project with two 20-story-plus towers as part of a redevelopment of the Haywood Park Hotel and Promenade, lcoated at the corner of Haywood St. and Battery Park Ave., and surrounded by the Grove Arcade, Battery Park apartments, the Basilica, the Asheville Civic Center, the Central Library, Woolworth Walk, and the Flat Iron building, was approved by the Downtown Commission. However, the developer's promised "community benefits program" remains uncertain, said Commission member Kitty Love, who attended the 8:30 a.m., July 1, 2008, public meeting. Click Here>

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Parkside News

  DAILY PROTEST 4-7 P.M. 
UNDER THE MAGNOLIA

Sign the Stop Parkside Eminent Domain petition.

"I'm tired of public servants helping the camel get its nose in the tent."
-Alan Robinson, Buncombe County citizen, speaking against good-old-boy bureaucrats in Buncombe County who are helping high-rise developers, for which he received a round of applause at the "Direct Action Training" session in front of Asheville on Sun., July 6, 2008, as reported by "Asheville On The Ground."



CLONE OF FAMILY by Demetrios Meimaridis (c) 1995 with permission 
WICCANS UNITE TO THWART PARKSIDE
Asheville Area Wiccans have united to save the parkland magnolia, and continue to speak out online to protect it from Parkside developer Stewart Coleman, who would kill it. A Wiccan website filed the following report: 

“It’s one tree,” he (Stewart Coleman) said Monday after hearing a group of Wiccans plan to cast spells to save it. “More than 40 trees — including six flowering cherries — have been destroyed for the park construction.”

"But Wiccan priestess Dixie Deerman of Coven Oldenwilde in Asheville says the line has to be drawn somewhere, and this is it.

"Deerman, also known as Lady Passion, has invited Pagans, Wiccans and others to encircle the tree ... and chant spells to protect it, 'and Barbarous Words of Power to thwart the developer.'

"Wicca, also known as Paganism, is a faith that worships nature."

For a complete Wiccan/Coven Oldenwilde report, Click Here>

'ON-OFF-ON AGAIN' TRC MEETING ALLOWS (ILLEGAL?) RUSH TO JUDGMENT ABOUT PARKSIDE 
The $4.5 million dollar question: Will the TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (TRC) unanimous approval of the controversial Parkside condo be disallowed due to improperly being announced to the public?

No TRC or other city department press release has been posted on the city's website or emailed widely by any member of city staff or city council to alert the citizens and press of this most important Parkside meeting. 

As of Sunday, July 6, 2008, 11:11 p.m., DowntownAsheville.com has found no such item posted online by TRC or by any other city spokesperson, who normally informs the press, particularly concerning controversial issues. Click Here> 

Consequently, the supposed meeting on July 7 by TRC with developer Stewart Coleman and/or others and its outcome could be argued to be null and void.
Scrutiny Hooligans' watchdog Gordon Smith knows as much as anybody about the latest twists and turns of the Parkside problem.

"I hope that someone other than me will be able to attend," a somewhat frustrated Smith recently told DowntownAsheville.com.
"ON, OFF, ON AGAIN," says Scrutiny Hooligans. Click Here>

"The Coleman Condo is on the same level as allowing a nine-story Burger King to be erected across from the Basilica."

-Peter Loewer, who has attended many TRC meetings over the years, is saddened by TRC's unanimous decision to approve Stewart Coleman's controversial Parkside Condominiums.

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MORE PARKSIDE NEWS...

THEE TREE
JULY 8
 MAGNOLIA WATCH DAY 15
*PARKSIDE PROTEST CONTINUES UNDER THE MAGNOLIA TREE in City-County Plaza Daily 4 to 7 P.M. with 24/7 Vigil to Protect the Chopping of Thee Tree | The public is invited to sign a petition demanding the return of parkland in front of City Hall, halting construction of Stewart Coleman's high-rise Parkside condo, and demanding that city and county government pursue eminent domain.

CLARE'S PARKSIDE JOURNAL
"ASHEVILLE ON THE GROUND" REPORTS
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ASHEVILLE'S EPIC STRUGGLE OF PUBLIC INTEREST VERSUS PRIVATE INTEREST
PARKSIDE PHOTO GALLERY
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HOLD TRUE: THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN
PARKSIDE POEM
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PARKSIDE PARODY
POKING FUN AT PARKSIDE MESS 
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PARKSIDE QUOTE
"Parkside does not pass the fish test. It just smells bad."
- Alan Robinson, Buncombe County Citizen

PARKSIDE MEDIA COVERAGE
MountainXpress' Parkside Update: The fairest way to resolve Parkside is through eminent domain, said Richard Koerber, according to MountainXpress weekly. 
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THE PARKSIDE CONUNDRUM
Pack Square Conservancy, Asheville Downtown Association, Asheville PARC, and other powerful groups oppose Stewart Coleman's Parkside project.
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HIGH-RISE HEAVEN ON HAYWOOD?
*HAYWOOD PARK HIGH-RISE REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL WAS APPROVED by the Asheville Downtown Commission | Asheville's tallest, most ambitious building project features two 20-story-plus towers as part of a redevelopment of the Haywood Park Hotel and Promenade -- located at the corner of Haywood St. and Battery Park Ave., and surrounded by the Grove Arcade, Battery Park apartments, the Basilica, the Asheville Civic Center, the Central Library, Woolworth Walk, and the Flat Iron building -- was approved by the Downtown Commission. However, the developer's promised "community benefits program" remains uncertain, said Commission member Kitty Love, who attended the 8:30 a.m., July 1, 2008, public meeting. Click Here>

Will City Bureacrats Rush to Judgment?
The $4.5 million dollar question: Will unelected City of Asheville officials of the TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (TRC) work out of the glare of the public and press to approve the controversial Parkside condo? Purportedly that's just what might happen. Word on the street has it that a private, unannounced meeting between city officials of the TRC and developer Stewart Coleman will take place on Mon., July 7, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in an undisclosed city building, and that the public and press can attend if they can find out which building and room the meeting will be held.

Scrutiny Hooligans' watchdog Gordon Smith knows as much as anybody about the latest twists and turns of the Parkside problem, although he will be unable to attend the meeting. "I hope that someone other than me will be able to attend," a frustrated Smith told DowntownAsheville.com.

"ON, OFF, ON AGAIN," says Scrutiny Hooligans. Click Here>


Why attend the TRC meeting on Monday?
Asheville-based author and illustrator Peter Loewer gives his opinion: "This coming Monday, forget attending classes, hire somebody to watch the kids (or bring 'em along), or tell your boss you've been picked to play bridge for the French Team at the International Card Olympics, but whatever you decide, just make arrangements to be in front of City Hall on Monday afternoon, July 7, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.

"You'll be there to attend the afternoon meeting of the Technical Review Committee of Asheville (TRC), at City Hall, and your attendance will let the TRC, the city, the county, the politicians, the developers, and the lawyers know that enough is enough and how dare they even consider allowing an ugly square salute to the worst of 21st Century faux-architecture to be constructed next to our world-famous City Hall.

"The Coleman Condo is on the same level as allowing a nine-story Burger King to be erected across from the Basilica."
Write to DowntownAsheville to voice your opinion about Parkside.


Civil Disobediance Training Sunday
BUNCOMBE COUNTY CITIZENS Opposed to Parkside Condo and Park Land Grab Announce 'Direct Action Training' on Sun., July 6, 2008, at 3 P.M. in front of Asheville City Hall and under the City-County Plaza magnolia.
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   THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN 

  DAILY PROTEST 4-7 P.M. 
UNDER THE MAGNOLIA
"Have you signed the Parkside Petition, yet?"

*PARKSIDE PROTEST CONTINUES UNDER THE MAGNOLIA TREE in City-County Plaza Daily 4 to 7 P.M. | The public is invited to sign a petition demanding the return of parkland in front of City Hall and halting construction of Stewart Coleman's high-rise condo in front of city hall.
CLARE'S PARKSIDE JOURNAL

"ASHEVILLE ON THE GROUND" REPORTS
Click Here>

ASHEVILLE'S EPIC STRUGGLE OF PUBLIC INTEREST VERSUS PRIVATE INTEREST
PARKSIDE PHOTO GALLERY
Click Here>

HOLD TRUE: THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN
PARKSIDE POEM Click Here>

PARKSIDE PARODY
POKING FUN AT PARKSIDE MESS 
Click Here>

PARKSIDE QUOTE
"Parkside does not pass the fish test. It just smells bad."
- Alan Robinson, Buncombe County Citizen

PARKSIDE MEDIA COVERAGE
MountainXpress' Parkside Update:
The fairest way to resolve Parkside is through eminent domain, said Richard Koerber, according to MountainXpress weekly. Click Here>
 
THE PARKSIDE CONUNDRUM
Pack Square Conservancy, Asheville Downtown Association, Asheville PARC, and other powerful groups oppose Stewart Coleman's Parkside project. Click Here>


WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE ABOUT MEDFORD, PARKSIDE, TORTURE, ETC.?
*880 AM RADIO HOST ERRINGTON THOMPSON
and Journalist Cecil Bothwell Examine Bobby Medford's Crimes and the ParkSide Facts and Follies | The Errington Thompson Show of June 28, 2008, featured journalist/author Cecil Bothwell's commentary about Parkside and the recent Medford trial that will be published in his upcoming book, entitled "Pure Buncombe: The Life and Crimes of Sheriff Bobby Medford." The former Buncombe sheriff currently awaits sentencing of a possible 170 years in jail, said Bothwell. Click Here>


 

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