Asheville introduces planning project for Patton Avenue

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Asheville is launching a new planning project for the downtown Patton Avenue Corridor at an open house tonight (Nov. 29). The feasibility study now underway will create a long-term vision for the area of Patton Avenue that runs from the Jeff Bowen Bridge to its endpoint at Pack Square Plaza.

The meeting with the project team will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.

Primarily funded with federal dollars, staff will develop transportation, land use, and urban design recommendations for the downtown thoroughfare.

Feedback received will be used to inform recommendations that will create a successful vision for a gateway to Downtown and connections to adjacent neighborhoods and the River Arts District.

The purpose of the Patton Avenue Corridor Study is to develop transportation, land use, and urban design recommendations for Patton Avenue from the Jeff Bowen Bridge to the easternmost terminus at Pack Square. Goals for the study include:

  • transforming the area so that Patton Avenue and the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridges serves as a gateway to downtown
  • setting the stage for Patton Avenue to develop as a mixed-use corridor
  • retrofitting Patton Avenue into a complete street that is safe for all road users;
  • improving connections at Hillcrest to integrate this community with Downtown and terminate at Pack Square
  • creating a plan for a network of multi-use paths that connect people to nearby economic and recreational opportunities

Officials expect the planning study to take about a year and it will be reviewed regularly by a Project Working Group composed of community members from various backgrounds.

To learn more, visit the project website at www.ashevillenc.gov/patton

 

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Asheville will host an open house to introduce a new planning project for the downtown Patton Avenue Corridor. This study will create a long-term vision for the area of Patton Avenue that runs from the Jeff Bowen Bridge to its endpoint at Pack Square Plaza.

 

What: Patton Avenue Corridor Feasibility Study Public Open House

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall

 

The planning study will take approximately one year and will be reviewed regularly by a Project Working Group composed of community members from various backgrounds.

The study is primarily funded with federal dollars and will develop transportation, land use, and urban design recommendations for this important downtown thoroughfare over the year-long planning project. The public is invited to drop in between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29th to view project boards and provide input on priorities and concerns with the project team, which includes a variety of City staff and consultants from McAdams. Feedback received will be used to inform recommendations that will create a successful vision for a gateway to Downtown and connections to adjacent neighborhoods and the River Arts District.

To learn more, visit the project website at www.ashevillenc.gov/patton.

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