The LOOKS COUNT Series. Urban infill communities. Part III.
Re-Development of a Brownfield Area/ The River Arts District.
"The plan celebrates the area's rich past, its present reinvention as Asheville's premiere arts district, and its future as a vibrant sustainable community."
- stepped pathways
- public plazas
- terraces and courtyards
- a bowling alley
- a children's library of art and architecture
- an artists' cooperative
- restaurants and shops
THEN check this out to see what the developer envisions.
A newsletter containing this artist's rendering from the develpoer reveals that, " ... the ground floors along [the street] and the pedestiran alley will be a vibrant, energized mix of art galleries, cafes and shops. The floors above will be residential lofts perfect for artist live/work space..."
If you are a person who values sustainability, the New Urbanism, and in establishing and engaging in green communities you may be attracted to a creative yet traditional approach.
If you are a person who wants a say in how this all comes together, as many of my clients are, you may be fascinated with how the developers approached the project. They hosted a design charrette with renowned urban planners and architects. Dedication to sustainability , in this case, includes studios, cafes, shops, homes on a "human scale" and on a workforce budget ( Loft presales are in the #150,000. range.)
AND if you are a person made thirsty for more... mark July 19, 2008 for the grand opening of Wedge Brewing complete with a showing the drive-in classic Thunder Road which was shot in Western North Carolina And get this...it includes a chase that roared right by the Wedge Brewery location.
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