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The vote is in on a downtown BID
A view of the asheville city skyline
A feasibility study was conducted and recommendations made last spring.|Photo by AVLtoday
A Business Improvement District (BID) is officially making its way downtown. At the Tuesday, June 11 meeting, Asheville City Council approved the establishment of a downtown BID in a 6-1 vote. The plan, proposed by the Asheville Downtown Association + Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, moved through state-statute-mandated steps for some months and has garnered both widespread support and opposition.

Let’s break down what this means for downtown.

Basics of a BID

Simply put, a BID is a defined city area where property owners pay a special tax to fund and control additional services or improvement projects. BIDs are managed by a nonprofit organization and a board of directors.

Within three months, the City of Asheville will put out a request for proposals for a managing organization; a public hearing will be held before a contract is executed. There will also be a call for board applications, and voting members will include commercial property owners and renters, residential property owners and renters, and community representatives.

The city will approve the annual BID budget, which was set initially at $1.25 million, and determine the yearly tax rate, which was approved at 0.0877 cents per $100 of taxable value. Assessments will be levied for the 2025 tax year. For small businesses and low-income residents, consultants suggested an application for fee relief.

A map of the bid area of downtown asheville

I-240, Knoxville Place, Hilliard Avenue, Asheland Avenue, South Charlotte Street, and College Place make up the BID’s boundaries.


Map via City of Asheville

The direction for downtown

The BID board will decide what services are provided and projects supported, but the city’s resolution laid out initial general categories under which they’ll fall:
  • Safety and hospitality services will initially be a group of unarmed community stewards who will receive training to engage with the public, provide assistance, and connect people who are unhoused with community services.
  • Cleaning services include litter removal, pressure washing, weed removal, and graffiti abatement.
  • Special projects may include landscaping, events, business retention services, and holiday decor.
  • Administration will include overhead and management.
Public input and feedback will be sought annually (or more), annual reports to the city will be required, and a formal evaluation will be conducted in year four.

Dive into more details in the city’s resolution.
Thursday, June 13
  • Wine Not?! Wine Tasting | Thursday, June 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Lookout Brewing Company, 103 S. Ridgeway Ave., #1, Black Mountain | $30 | Spend a summer evening sipping and learning under the guidance of Taylor Goodale.
  • 369 Monologue and Short Play Festival | Thursday, June 13-Sunday, June 23 | Times vary | Tina McGuire Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $23 | Experience drama, humor, heartbreak, and Pride with a different mix of six short plays and nine monologues every evening.
Friday, June 14
  • Book Signing with Joy Callaway + Sarah Loudin Thomas | Friday, June 14 | 1-3 p.m. | Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, 111 Grovewood Rd., Asheville | Free | Meet the authors of historical novels “What The Mountains Remember” and “These Tangled Threads” (both set right here in Asheville).
  • Bark & Bolt 5K, One Mile + 100M Paw Pursuit | Friday, June 14 | 6-8 p.m. | Patton Park, 1730 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville | $20-$45 | Grab your four-legged friend for this dog-and-person-friendly race, followed by a Top Dog Contest and a Bark in the Park Dog Fair.
  • “Richard II” | Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 23 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., Asheville | Free | Take a seat in front of the outdoor stage for this Shakespeare classic depicting the fall of the king and the rise of Henry Bolingbroke.
Saturday, June 15
  • Adult Water Aerobics | Saturday, June 15 | 10-11 a.m. | Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston St., Asheville | $0-$3 | Test the waters of wellness and work on your cardio, strength, and mood — folks who are 60+ can attend for free.
  • “Your Fat Friend” | Saturday, June 15 | 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. | Grail Moviehouse, 17 Foundy St., Ste. 10, Asheville | $15 | Confront a paradigm shift as writer + activist Aubrey Gordon captures the complexities of change and messy feelings we hold about our bodies.
  • Frozen Jr. | Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16 | Times vary | Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $20-$25 | Forget the summer heat as the icy world of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf lights up the stage with its magic.
Sunday, June 16
  • South by Southwest BBQ Tasting | Sunday, June 16 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 2A Huntsman Pl., Asheville | $90 | Treat the father figure in your life to a six-course barbecue tasting menu hosted by Blind Pig Supper Club.
  • Dad Jokes | Sunday, June 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Company South Slope, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville | $0-$15 | Get ready to groan, roll your eyes, and celebrate the silliest form of comedy — dads get in free.
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News Notes
  • At the Tuesday, June 11 meeting, the Asheville City Council formally adopted the 2024-25 budget, with some revisions from the original proposal. The budget includes a 0.63-cent property tax increase as well as compensation increases for starting sworn firefighters, police department staff, and non-public-safety staff.
  • French Broad Outfitters is facing an October closure of its outpost at 230 Hominy Creek Rd., as a 15+ year old conservation easement was rediscovered that prohibits commercial activities. The company has a plan for a new location should the easement be upheld and could continue using the public river access. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • A plan is coming to fruition. The Asheville City Council unanimously voted to execute a $269,000 contract with Urban Canopy Work for the Urban Forest Master Plan. The work will include an inventory of trees, public engagement, analysis, and policy development.
  • Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Pride are partnering for VOICES on Friday, June 21. Writer, curator, author + musician Erica Dawn Lyle, along with local and regional queer essayists and poets, will take the Eulogy stage for an evening of celebration to benefit the radio station’s queer youth radio program and college radio show. Mic drop.
  • SART has support down to a fine art. In the midst of its 50th season celebration, the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) announced the formation of the SART Endowment. The initial goal of the endowment is to sustainably fund one mainstage production per year and pass on a theatrical legacy. Learn how to support.
  • Buncombe County Assistant County Manager DK Wesley received a Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. The designation requires significant local government management experience and a commitment to integrity and professional development.
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Coming Soon
Growing new life on green space
Postcard of Riverside Park in the early 1900s
Recreation returns to riverside.|Postcard by Valentine & Sons Publishing Co., AD466, Buncombe County Special Collections
Back in the early 1900s, the land now on Riverside Drive at the Pearson Bridge was called Riverside Park. It boasted a carousel, dance hall, and baseball diamond; visitors could take trolleys from downtown and West Asheville and gather in boats to watch films on an outdoor screen. Then, in 1916, it was destroyed by a flood. But now, RiverLink’s new Gateway Park will reinhabit the space.

After years of the land’s neglect, the park will soon provide pathways, native flora, and a carousel-inspired pavilion, becoming a connection between the RAD greenway and the Woodfin Greenway Blueway expansion — and a connection between our past and our present.

Gateway Park will be built on land that was donated to RiverLink back in 2011 by OM Sanctuary. The public will be able to access 1.3 acres of the 2-acre property, and the remaining green space will be preserved to promote river health and flood resilience.

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The Buy
A Father’s Day gift that will ship in time for this weekend, thanks to Prime. We’re seeing pizza stones, spikeball kits, roomy travel backpacks, and quintessential “Best Dad Ever” mugs (those are always a winner, right?).
The Wrap
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I think I can safely say that we all did a fair share of ballroom and square dancing in our youth. No? Just me? Okay, well, regardless of whether it’s a strange kind of nostalgia or a brand new experience, you won’t want to miss barn dance season at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Starting this Saturday, June 15, you’ll be able to two-step, line dance, eat, drink, and be merry at the monthly event. Strut your way to the full schedule.
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