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  1. Tripps Redevelopment

    The former Tripps building was demolished today. http://www.ashvegas.com/photos-demolition-of-former-tk-tripps-restaurant-in-downtown-asheville
  2. Biltmore Square Mall

    An updated rendering and article from Asheville Citizen-TImes.
  3. Tripps Redevelopment

    From Asheville Citizen-Times: "ASHEVILLE – At least two major tenants of the BB&T will move to a new office building planned for the east side of downtown. The move come in part because of a hotel developer’s plans to renovate the 17-story BB&T Building, turning it into a boutique hotel and condominiums. Another developer, Rusty Pulliam, and his business partner, John Spake, plan to build a four-story office building called City Centre on the site of the former TK Tripps restaurant at the corner of College and South Charlotte streets. They plan to sell an adjoining piece of property to a Winston-Salem company that will build a six-story Hilton Garden Inn on the 2.4-acre site."
  4. Hyatt Hotel

    A more recent rendering of the Hyatt Hotel. http://www.ashvegas.com/ashevilles-downtown-hotel
  5. "The Block" revitalization back on the table

    A few site work photos and pics of the recently installed crane can be viewed at http://www.ashvegas.com/photos-construction.
  6. BB&T building conversion to hotel

    from ashvegas.com "MHG-Tower LLC has decided to begin the redevelopment of the BB&T properties on the site of the existing parking deck on Broadway and College streets. The first phase of the overall redevelopment process will include a new parking garage, a hotel and retail, according to John McKibbon, Chairman of the McKibbon Hotel Group. The existing parking deck, which is 48 years old and has 351 spaces, will be demolished and replaced with a new garage. On top of the garage, on the Broadway end, McKibbon will build a 120-room AC Hotel by Marriott. The hotel will include a restaurant and bar with mountain views, meeting space, a fitness center and other amenities. Additionally, there will be retail spaces at street level on Broadway and College streets. See attached rendering. Construction will begin later this year. “We are excited to finally begin our next hotel project in Asheville. We are partnering with Glenn Wilcox to build an exceptional AC Hotel by Marriott on one of the very best sites in Asheville,” McKibbon said. Plans for the BB&T Tower include an extensive external redesign. The new-look building will house an upscale, full-service, boutique hotel with 150-170 rooms and suites on the lower floors. Above the hotel will be six floors with vacation rentals and for-sale condominiums. Construction on the Tower property will begin immediately following the completion of the AC Hotel by Marriott. “The BB&T Tower has been a signature part of the Asheville skyline for the past 50 years. Transforming it inside and out will ensure that it continues to provide both visual and functional value in the heart of downtown for many years to come,” McKibbon said."
  7. "The Block" revitalization back on the table

    I was driving down Charlotte St today and noticed a crane had been installed on site.
  8. "The Block" revitalization back on the table

    Construction is underway, all is left is the facade of the historic buildings. According to the Asheville C-T's article construction should wrap up sometime in late 2014. Check out the video in the link! Project Changing Downtown Asheville Corner
  9. Haywood Park redevelopment

    Are the second and third levels parking?
  10. "The Block" revitalization back on the table

    Some good news! "The Eagle Market Place project, a major affordable housing, commercial and community space development in the heart of downtown's the Block neighborhood, got the go-ahead for funding from Asheville City Council tonight. The city will contribute $3.3 million to complete the project, and construction is slated to begin in October." Read more at mountainx.com
  11. Hyatt Hotel

    From WLOS "Downtown Asheville could soon be getting another luxury hotel. City officials got a first look at the proposed plans for a Hyatt Plaza Hotel on the corner of Haywood Street. The finished hotel would be seven stories tall with 144 rooms. There will be a restaurant and lounge area on the first floor and space for a potential bar on the 7th floor. Charlotte developer, RBA Group, presented the plans to the city today. This is the second time this week a new hotel is proposed for downtown Asheville. On Monday, McKibbon Hotel Group announced its plans to turn the BB&T building into a hotel space. The Hyatt Plaza Hotel will be built across the street from the Hotel Indigo. There are also plans to build a third hotel in the same area, this one across from the Basilica. The Hyatt Plaza Hotel plans are still in the preliminary stages. News 13 is told it will be some time before anything is finalized."
  12. Biltmore Square Mall

    It looks like rumors of turning Biltmore Square Mall into outlets may finally become reality! Apparently eviction notices have already been sent to tenants, and construction could begin at the end of the year. Asheville Citizen-Times "Asheville Outlets will be THE destination for outlet shopping in the greater Asheville, North Carolina market. Developed by New England Development in partnership with Tremont Realty Capital, this 325,000 square foot open air center will feature top manufacturers and retail outlets and is slated to open in 2014. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, the retailers at Asheville Outlets are sure to thrive from the strong residential and tourism markets." Developer's Website
  13. River Arts District

  14. New Counties in Charlotte's MSA

    I'm from Anson County (Ansonville). I have family that commutes from north/west Anson to Charlotte and Union County via NC 218. I make the drive from Asheville every couple weeks. I can drive from my parents' home near Ansonville/Polkton to I-485 via 218 in less than 30 minutes (if I don't get stuck behind a tractor). It's not that far. As mentioned previously, the economy is pretty tough out there. being removed from the MSA doesn't help the situation either. I find it ironic that Mecklenburg County was originally formed from Anson County in 1762 and now they're not even in the same metro.
  15. He mentioned this during his last visit in 2011, I'll believe it when I see it. Although you never know who you'll run into in Asheville...