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Haywood Road restriping in time for Craven Street closure

ASHEVILLE – A stretch of Haywood Road leading from the French Broad River into West Asheville will get a new look beginning Thursday, August 21, as crews relocate the center yellow line and add a climbing bicycle lane.

The work is being conducted ahead of the August 28 closing of Craven Street between Haywood Road and Waynesville Avenue, part of the Craven Street Improvement Project.

Because of the relocation of the center line, the downhill lane from West Asheville will become a shared lane for both bicycles and vehicles. “Sharrow” markings will indicate that bicycles should ride the lane and vehicles should share the roadway.

“We recognize that Haywood Road and Craven Street are commuter routes for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles alike,” said Senior Project Engineer John Gavin. “With Craven Street closed over the next six weeks, we wanted to make sure that everyone has a safe route as more traffic moves onto Haywood Road.”

During this portion of the Craven Street closure, commuters can also access Waynesville Avenue via the bridge from Riverside Drive to Craven Street.

The restriping and signage is anticipated to be complete by the end of Friday, Aug. 25.

Increased bicycle access is part of the Haywood Road Multimodal Project, and more enhancements will take place in the spring of 2015, after the completion of the Craven Street improvement project.


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Update on Vermont Avenue repaving

City crews milling and patching Vermont Avenue over the past several weeks found that the sub-grade of the West Asheville road was in much worse shape than expected, requiring extensive patching in order to ensure the quality of the new surface. In this video, Director of Public Works Greg Shuler explains how extra crews are working extra hours with a goal of completing the patching within the next two weeks, at which time, the contractor can put down new asphalt.

Thank you to all of the residents for your patience during this process.

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Harvest Records Celebrates 10 Years!

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 @ Harvest Records

Come celebrate TEN YEARS of Harvey with our annual storewide blowout sale!

Here’s the lowdown for you fine folks:
**Tons & tons of KILLER used LPs + CDs are held back until the sale
**EPIC BASEMENT SALE = Tens of thousands of LPs + CDs each for JUST $1 DOLLA
**FREE POSTERS in basement
**RAFFLE PRIZES including One free cd or lp each month for a year…$100 gift certificate hidden in the basement…

We open at 10am. Sure, it’s great if you get there early, but the deals last all day so come by whenever you can! (closing at 8pm)

The celebrations continue with Transfigurations II an amazing collection of musical performances happening August 28-30, 2014 in Asheville at the Grey Eagle and Mothlight and on Blannahassett Island in Marshall.

Tickets, info and list of performers at:

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Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Fundraiser: August 23

Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Fundraiser

Universal Joint
August 23, 2014
11:30 am – 7 pm

The Universal Joint  at 784 Haywood Rd, is hosting a fundraiser for the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway (FOHCG) on August 23, 2014.  We will be hanging out from 11:30 am until about 7 pm, that day fundraising for park improvements along the Hominy Creek Greenway from Shelburne Rd to Sand Hill Rd.  All beer sales from the day will be donated, along with a raffle for many great items from local businesses, such as Harvest Records, Second Gear, and King Daddy’s.

Come out and join us!  Learn about the exciting projects we have planned for the next year, volunteer opportunities, meet board members, and help us raise funds for proposed park improvements.  FOHCG was recently awarded a grant from Buncombe County to support many of the improvements, but we still need to raise additional funds for the projects.

Please contact Nancy Watford at if you have any questions.

 Hope to see you there!

Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway is a local organization that works with the community to manage and create community parkland that maintains its wild nature, preserves the area’s rich history, and connects the community to the river and to downtown.

Currently our focus is maintaining and improving the City parkland known as the Hominy Creek Greenway or “the waller tract” between Shelburne and Sand Hill Rds. in West Asheville.

For more information about how you can get involved, see our Web site:, or contact us at or by phone at 252-8474 ext. 14.

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West Asheville Garden Stroll: September 13, 2014

West Asheville Garden Stroll
Saturday, September 13, 2014

This year’s theme “Celebrating Pollinators”, will be highlighted during family friendly kickoff ceremonies at Francine Delany School, 119 Brevard Road in West Asheville.  Asheville-based Bee City USA will provide an educational exhibit on creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, and home made bee homes for non-hiving bees will be on exhibit.  We will be showcasing our 2014 Seed Money Grant recipients with a photo display of the progress on their projects.

The 2014 Stroll includes approximately 12 gardens in West Asheville, with this year’s gardens centered along Brevard Road and surrounding neighborhoods. Garden features along the way will include set-ups for chickens and bees, heirloom vegetables, a pollinator corridor, a monarch way station, experimental blight resistant chestnuts, and garden art.

The West Asheville Garden Stroll is a non-profit endeavor led by a group of passionate gardeners.  It is FREE and open to the public.

More info on their website.

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