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$45K mixed-used development (with housing) planned at Asheville Mall
Sunday, 11 February 2018 11:40

From Staff Reports

It seemed unthinkable, but the Asheville Mall is stepping into the new economy. As Amazon eats its way into market share formerly owned by brick-and-mortar establishments, Kmart and Sears continue to announce store closings. What is replacing them, is integrated, self-contained development that attempts to cultivate communities where people can walk to work and other amenities.

So, it should come as no surprise that Seritage Growth Properties of New York has proposed demolishing Sears at the Asheville Mall to make way for a “more complete urban experience” to accommodate modern lifestyles. The developers pitched the concept as replacing automobile-oriented retail with placemaking.

In more concrete terms, the plans call for four commercial buildings accommodating restaurants, retail, and a 10-screen movie theater; a six-story, a 204-unit apartment building; and a parking structure. There is a chance a smaller Sears store will be among the retail tenants. The existing automotive center will remain, but it will be used for other purposes.

Plans for the $45 million mixed-use development were submitted for the City of Asheville’s design review process in December, and they’re scheduled to go before the Technical Review Committee on Feb. 5. 

Running into no barriers, the plans would proceed to the Planning and Zoning Commission March 7 and go before city council for final approval in late March or early April.

About 20 neighbors showed up to a neighborhood meeting, where interest and support ran high. Concerns were also raised, as was to be expected, about noise, light trespass, traffic patterns, building height, and public safety.



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