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Public outcry for German restaurant rescues it from demolition by NCDOT
Sunday, 04 February 2024 17:38

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — Haus Heidelberg owner Helge Gresser is crediting the pubic outcry from hundreds of people who wrote and called the North Carolina Department of Transportation with saving his restaurant from demolition to make room for road improvements. Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported on Jan. 17.

Instead of razing the eating establishment, NCDOT has said it has revised its road plans.

Gresser said “he found out over the weekend (Jan. 12-14) that his restaurant would not have to move,” News 13 noted.

The TV station added, “NCDOT has had modernization projects planned for South Hendersonville over the past few years. One of those would wipe out Haus Heidelberg.”

Referring to an interview in November, News 13 reported the following:

“ Gresser said the NCDOT only wanted 1 foot of his land but needed a 75-foot construction easement, which would mean razing the restaurant.

“When Gresser found out about NCDOT’s plans, he went to social media to inform the community. 

“But what he didn’t realize was that the community was rallying behind him, urging NCDOT officials to allow Gresser to keep his restaurant.”

The TV station quoted Gresser as saying:

“Apparently, hundreds of people called DOT, complaining and writing in support of this restaurant,

“Sometime last week, my lawyer called me and said, ‘There’s a lot of support for your restaurant — and DOT decided to change the plans.’”



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