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Spring start? ‘Pit of Despair’ could be site for farmers mkt., food trucks
Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:33

From Staff Reports

Food trucks and a farmers market are among the temporary uses being considered this spring at the 2-acre city-owned Haywood Street site that is termed  downtown Asheville’s “Pit of Despair” by some local critics.

The Haywood Street Advisory Team is aiming to overcome the negativity surrounding the site by adding temporary uses.

Besides the Food trucks and farmers market this spring, the HSAT is looking at — later this summer — moveable seating and raised gardening beds.

In two or three years, temporary uses for the site would morph into a permanent use that is still being debated by the HSAT.

About $30,000 is being paid to Chris Joyell, executive director of the nonprofit Asheville Design Center, to work with the team on the project. About half that money is coming from city taxpayers and the other half from donations.

The site covers 68-76 Haywood St., across from the U.S. Cellular Center, the region’s largest indoor entertainment venue; and the Basilica of St. Lawrence, an architectural landmark.



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