- Haywood Road Vision Plan to City Council for Approval February 25, 2014
- Scam Targeting Duke Energy Customers
- Hominy Creek Fuel Oil Spill
- Reclaiming Sacred Ground Film Series at the West Asheville Branch Library
- 2014 Southern Conference Basketball Tournament Opportunities
- Second Gear
- Nona Mia Italian Kitchen
- New Belgium Brewing Secures Distribution Center Site
Category Archives: West Asheville News
A resolution adopting the Haywood Road Vision Plan is on City Council’s agenda for February 25, 2014.
WABA and many members of our community have been working with City Planning staff on the Haywood Road Vision Plan since 2002. It has been a long process, but we are proud of our community for sticking with it and working so well with the City staff to develop the plan.
We touched base with the community throughout the process via surveys and public meetings and are extremely pleased with the level of involvement put forth by members of our community and businesses along the corridor.
The final version of the Haywood Road Vision Plan identifies six community priority subject areas:
- Transportation and Streetscape Issues
- Historic Preservation
- Zoning and Land Use Issues
- Economic Development
- Neighborhood Issues
Full staff report to City Council can be viewed here: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Portals/0/city-documents/cityclerk/mayor_and_citycouncil/current%20agenda/New-A%20-%20Haywood%20Rd%20Vision%20Plan.pdf
Because of our community vision and dedication, Haywood Road was selected for the Form-Based Code zoning work initiated last year. This is a new type of zoning for the City of Asheville and Haywood Road is an ideal testing ground for such, especially as it directly addresses items put forth in the Vision Plan. Consulting firm Code Studio was contracted by the City of Asheville to develop a proposal for a form-based code along Haywood Road. They used the draft Haywood Road Vision Plan as a starting point in their process, then conducted many community and stakeholder meetings as well as a charrette to hone in on details for the code. The proposed Form-based Code will be presented back to the community for review this spring. To read more about that process, please visit the Code Studio site: http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com
BEWARE, West Asheville businesses are being targeted with phone calls from people posing as Duke Energy.
These scammers are targeting small businesses, especially restaurants, by calling and claiming that the businesses has a past due electric bill and power will be turned off within the hour if a payment is not made.
A few days ago this same issue was reported to be happening in Greensboro, NC. See the story on FOX 8 WGHP website: http://myfox8.com/2014/01/16/new-scam-targets-duke-energy-customers/
Duke Energy recommends if you get a similar call to hang up and call them directly at 1-800-777-9898.
More info from the Duke Energy website is given below:
Misleading Phone Calls
Some customers report receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Duke Energy employees or a third-party representative of Duke Energy. In some cases, the customer’s caller identification will display Duke Energy’s name or phone number.
The caller attempts to obtain customer account or personal information. Other callers may threaten immediate service disconnection – usually within an hour – if immediate payment is not made with a prepaid debit card.
Occasionally, Duke Energy MAY call you to discuss your account. If we do, we will provide you with information that only you and Duke Energy would know in order to validate that our call is legitimate. If, after receiving the information, you are uncomfortable providing personal information by phone, or if you believe the call is a scam, hang up and call the company directly at 1-800-777-9898.
Duke Energy customers who have delinquent accounts receive multiple notifications from the company over the course of several weeks prior to electric service disconnection – never just a single notification one hour before disconnection. Customers can also make payments online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, my mail or in person.
Scam artists claiming to be Duke Energy employees are telling customers they have the ability to wipe out entire account balances – for a cash fee. Please know that no one from Duke Energy will ever offer to pay a customer’s bill in exchange for a fee. Duke Energy only charges convenience fees for payments using its automated phone system and one-time payments made through its website. The company does not charge customers extra fees for paying their bills by mail, at authorized pay agent locations or through customers’ online banking services.
If you have a question about whether someone is a legitimate representative of Duke Energy, contact the company directly at 1-800-777-9898 to verify the person’s identity. Call police immediately if you believe the person is an imposter.
As news of the fuel oil spill into the Hominy Creek here in West Asheville circulates, people are asking what can they do to assist.
Monitor the booms placed in the creek. If you see any of them not containing the fuel or hanging out of the water, contact Neo Corporations Emergency Line: 1-800-222-6361.
If you see oil in the French Broad River downstream from Hominy Creek, report it to Western North Carolina Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 258-8737.
As reported in local news:
Thank you to Asheville GreenWorks, Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway and our local French Broad Riverkeeper for images and follow up. Find additional updates on their Facebook pages:
Reclaiming Sacred Ground Film Series: Barking Water
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:30pm
West Asheville Library
942 Haywood Road
Led by UNC Asheville professors Trey Adcock, Reid Chapman and Sarah Judson, Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film is a 4-part film and discussion series. Barking Water is the second film in the series.
Barking Water is the story of on-again-off-again lovers Frankie and Irene, elderly Native Americans, who embark on a final road trip through Native American communities across Oklahoma – after Irene breaks Frankie out of the hospital. As their old Volvo traverses the state, the couple reconnects with friends, family, their culture and each other. Confronting his past, Frankie makes amends and finds peace. The award-winning film by Native American director Sterlin Harjo features an all-Native American cast.
Running time for the film is 89 minutes, with discussion to follow. Contact the West Asheville library at 828-254-4752 for information.
This program is free and the public is invited.
The remaining films in this series will be: March 19, 2014 – The Fast Runner, April 23, 2014 – The Cherokee Word for Water.
Follow the West Asheville Branch Library on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Asheville-Branch-Library/1429961557239438
Purpose of the Brownfields Agreement is to capture what has happened on the site in the past, establish protocols going forward, and agree to not put additional liability on New Belgium Brewing if outlined processes are completed.
The Brownfields Agreement for this site has a public comment period which began Monday, January 13, 2014. Comments on the agreement go through the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources in Raleigh. The comment period closes February 13, 2014.
The Brownfields Agreement document is available at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville and the West Asheville Branch Library. Ask the librarian at the main desk for the document to review.
For additional information: