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Create 72 Broadway project denied by council
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:37

From Staff Reports

Just prior to its vote to impose a one-year hotel moratorium on Asheville, City Council — in what the Asheville Citizen Times described as “a swift 7-0 vote” — unanimously voted to deny a major hotel project in downtown Asheville.

The developers of the Create 72 Broadway project had hoped to build a hotel on the southwide of the Masonic Temple at 72 Broadway.

The nine-story building would have included 37 residential units, affordable housing, 138 hotel rooms, retail space and a parking garage.

Regarding the 72 Broadway project, the ACT’s Sept. 24 story added, “It met steady opposition in its first go-around, largely from organizers and supporters of Asheville City Market, who argue Create 72 would be detrimental to the 60-vendor farmers market on Market Street.”

The ACT quoted resident Brynn Estelle as saying. “There’s a lot of excitement and momentum here for the hotel moratorium. There’s a sense it’s long overdue. Given that attitude, I think a lot of folks don’t want to see one more squeak on through, right? We do not want to see the character and history of this town compromised any further. We don’t want to see the downtown farmers market compromised.”



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