Merrimon may grow up

There are 88 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jul 16, 2007, titled Merrimon may grow up. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Two 13-story buildings would rise on the western side of busy Merrimon Avenue under plans for a mixed-use development now being put together for the former Deal MotorCars property.

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local and fed up

Manteo, NC

#81 Jul 18, 2007
A Neighbor wrote:
Why is every attempt to maintain the charm, sanity and quality of life that we share in Asheville viewed as "anti-development?" or the same tired old quote - "If we don't grow, we die?" Get off this BS.
No one, including Heather, is saying not to develop that property. The neighbors are asking for a development that is in scale with the rest of the surrounding community and that won't block sunlight from their homes even in the summer! Thirteen stories is clearly NOT that scale.
What was the point of doing a Merrimon Ave. Corridor study with the residents if these guys think they can come in and be an exception? The rules are for all to follow ... not just the ones who can't afford to make a stink about it.
If Council had not extended the Urban Village rules on height limits for the sake of Biltmore Farms - aka "BUILD MORE FARMS" to 12 stories, this wouldn't be an issue. Urban Village designates 2-6 stories ... not 13!
For those who long for tall buildings and skyscrapers ... move to Atlanta or Charlotte - or some other "communist country." But please, let's keep Asheville's charm intact.
Sorry, but Asheville lost its charm when the first dilapidated VW bus full of stinky headed dread locked unemployed losers rolled into town.

Asheville, NC

#82 Jul 18, 2007
"Well then why don't you bike/bus/walk to work, and stop contributing to traffic congestion and environmental degradation?

And I'll be happy to post the same comments from Asheville in a couple of weeks if it makes you feel better." I guess you'll be biking/busing/walking to Asheville from the current location of your ivory tower?

-Asheville resident and voter

Asheville, NC

#83 Jul 18, 2007
Zoeky wrote:
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John, you're not a fan of the row of houses on Grandview? LOL Every time I pass there I think, will the people who live in these houses dress alike too? It's scary. At least make them different colors! GEEZ!
I'd hate to have find my house after a night of good hard drinkin'. The same color houses would make it confusing.

Since: Mar 07


#84 Jul 18, 2007
Shame on you, lafu, talking about your mommy and daddy that way.
local and fed up wrote:
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Sorry, but Asheville lost its charm when the first dilapidated VW bus full of stinky headed dread locked unemployed losers rolled into town.
Megan Kirby

Atlanta, GA

#85 Jul 18, 2007
One of the tenets of Urban Village zoning is that it takes into account exisitng development. If you take a look at the site plan, you can see that these towers are right next to a neighborhood of one and two story bungalows. The project as proposed is too tall (this is not downtown, it's a residential neighborhood within walking distance to downtown). The footprint is way to large and too close to existing houses (it cast shadows on exisiting homes). It will feed additional traffic onto the existing narrow 1 lane (Eloise St) and 2 lane (Holland St) residential streets surrounding the project. And those towers are all luxury condominiums. I'd love to see development here, but appropriate development. Developers are in it to maximize profit and do what is best for their pockets, not what is best for Asheville. We need to see a 3 dimensional scale model before any decisions are made regarding this site. Architects' renderings are not reliable.

Asheville, NC

#86 Jul 30, 2007
Rochelle Rochelle wrote:
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People have been taking Charlotte to Kimberly for years and years. That's nothing new at all.
And the traffic on Merrimon isn't that bad. What makes it appear worse than it is is the non-existence of left turn lanes. One vehicle can create a traffic jam.
Absolutely...finally, a sane post. Would I like to see less traffic on Merrimon? Of course. I also want to pay no taxes, have property that goes up in value by 20% per day and [email protected] gold ain't gonna happen.

Stop being part of the problem and be part of the many on this board attended the Merrimon corridor residents meeting? Or took part in any of the surveys? It's easy to's hard to affect change.

Orlando, FL

#87 Jun 27, 2008
It's not the construction that should concern you most, although you should keep a close watch on all envirionmental compliances. No, you should keep very close watch on whose money, who exactly, has placed money in these efforts. All of them. Make sure it's kosher. I have a high opinoin of some who have a high opinoin of one of these makers and shakers. Till otherwise appears, I'd trust their judgment. But, still, make sure it's kosher.

Love the City.
Some even more than most.

Mexico, Mexico

#88 Sep 2, 2010
mtnmomma wrote:
Chris Peterson is a local developer. He has never served on the City Council. Brian Peterson is the former councilman who is an atty.
Chis Peterson was on city council, then vice mayor, then mayor of asheville....ur an idiot...

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