From the excellent West Asheville Watch community Facebook group, news about development along Amboy Road in West Asheville, along the river in a long-neglected floodplain. The developer invites the public to public input meetings on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) and Friday (noon), and RiverLink is serving as the community liaison.
This is probably just the beginning as far as changes along the river corridor, now that New Belgium has made it a whole new game. Details below.
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
As most of you are by now aware, the property on the north side of Amboy, between Amboy and Joyner, has changed hands, and recently undergone the beginning of clearing and reshaping.
As promised by the developer, talks about the future of that property have been directed to River Link, and they are now acting as community liaison.
The following invitation was forwarded to me by Karen Cragnolin, Executive Director of River Link. It announces two meetings to introduce the developer and plans for the land in question. According to Karen, we can anticipate seeing drawings and having many of our questions answered at these meetings.
I expect as many of you as have an interest will attend one, so we can maximize input. Speaking strictly for myself, I believe this is the time for open communication and civil dialog. I hope that our greenest and most community conscious ideas will be heard and considered for incorporation into site plans.
PS: Please address any responses or questions to the principals of this meeting, as I am acting strictly as a conduit for communications right now — this is all the information I have.
Please join us at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios to learn more about this proposed new residential project planned for Amboy Road
When Wednesday June 6 at 5:30
Friday June 8th at 12 noon
WhereRiverLink’s Warehouse Studios
170 Lyman Street
Asheville, NC 28813-0488
828-252-8474, ext 16
Come for homemade cookies, sweet tea and important information exchange -get your questions answered and your concerns addressed – thank you
FYI, a May 22 post in the West Asheville Watch Facebook group puts a much darker cast on the activities of this developer:
For being so concerned about what the community thinks, this developer ripped through the woods behind our house with chainsaws, wood chippers, and grading machines in a fury! He tore down YEARS of growth in just a few days – all the while lying about his intentions. He told all the neighbors that he was from the forestry department and was making the area safer and better looking and that he just “got carried away”. He told them all he had no intention of building houses – and now he is looking for community input? And not to mention – he had NO PERMITS to be doing any work there. This smells like slope style houses to me – and this developer was in too much of a hurry to rip through the trees and growth to not be doing anything wrong. This property is just across from the river and he is grading a road in there – we have video of him doing it! During the rains last week you could just watch the clay run down to the drain on Amboy. Not to mention all the small game and bird habitats he ripped through, this whole thing is a shame.
Read the post here.