October Minutes 2011

• Election of Officers


Matt Sprouse, President

Tim Schaller, Vice President

Susanne Hackett, Secretary

Tripp Howell, Treasurer

Other nominations? Hedy Fisher, moves to take a vote.

These positions are for a 1 year term, according to the By Laws, following through to December 2012.

Close Nominations.


Matt Sprouse, voted as President

Tim Schaller, voted as Vice President

Susanne Hackett, voted as Secretary

Tripp Howell, voted as Treasurer

• RAD TIP — Update from Pattiy Torno

public comment period closes Friday, Oct. 28

First leg of the Wilma Dykeman project.  Hill Street on Riverside up to Lyman and Amboy intersect.

Pattiy Torno offered update.

Public meeting at Habitat for Humanity.  Offered forms to give feedback.  Public input closing Friday, October 29, 2011.

Turn out at public meeting about 30 people, including River Redevelopment Commission.

Eileen Black circulating a petition in opposition to Purple Plan, which will shift Lyman Street behind Cotton Mill Studios.  Circulating petition opposing moving Lyman Street.

Multi-modal Pedestrian Riverfront

Discussions of Connectivity

one option: near French Broad River Park to create a pedestrian bridge across the river

Pattiy has forms for feedback

• Depot Street Parking Plan

• Studio Stroll update from Wendy Whitson

Will be a trolley going during the stroll.

VIP Preview party: 5-7 p.m. on Friday night at The Artery, trolley going around stroll, slideshow of images, Nov. 11  (Chamber members, academia, etc.)

Nov. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Updating Studio Guide: Advertisements

Between now and Nov. 1, accepting last years rates for last year’s guide.  Find ad rates: http://www.riverartsdistrict.com/advertise/

• PSNC Building Update

The City is taking possession of the property and building behind 12 Bones and across from Curve Studios.  By the end of the year they plan to take the fence down.  They are planning to put in a temporary mulch trail from Curve up to Old Haywood Rd. until RAD TIP is completed.

• Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission

Meetings are open to the public: 2nd Thursday of the month, 4 p.m. in Chamber of Commerce boardroom on the 2nd floor

Pattiy asked if RADBA could have a representative on the AARRC commission. Feedback from the commission: The city tends to not specify groups and put people on boards.  Pattiy is already on the board.  City of Asheville has four seats.  Two of those seats are citizens that are business or property owners in the River Arts District.  This is one way we can have someone else apply to be on the commission.  River District Design Review Committee Chair automatically gets a seat as well.  There are many ways for RADBA to be involved.

River District Design Review Committee–they review any new or renovation within River District zoning the committee reviews; may expand River District zoning to expand to river floor

• RADBA on Facebook

Could be a good place for business owner discussions

Parking Subcommittee: meeting in the next week or so to do a sketch for Ken Putnam and ask them to add an option.  Pedestrian safety is a the key issue and there are no marked crossing places.  We need a crossing place and we need to decide where the best place will be.  Then, come back to RADBA with suggestion and get RADBA buy in to present it to the City.  If you’d like to be involved in the Parking Subcommittee, email Matthew Sprouse msprouse@siteworkstudios.com for information.

EV-Transit Idea: private entity function along side City of Asheville buses developing a business plan to have electric go cart vehicles to 15 person passenger vans to circulate through town, operate on a loop.  This would include a phone application.  They want to connect downtown, RAD and Biltmore Village.  Matt will ask for them to present to us.  Day, week, month and year passes available.  These are local people–Jonathan Glover is one of them.  50% of Americans have SmartPhones

Asheville GreenWorks: Green the RAD Update

Work Days:

–Nov. 6, 3 to 5 p.m., Tree Planting Party at The Wedge.  Please attend and help.

–Work Day in November to Plant Bulbs

Have raised $2,000 right now.  Need more to keep up Green the RAD for Spring.

Will take $275/month year round to care for Clingman Streetscape.  To donate, get in touch with Susan Roderick: susan@ashevillegreenworks.org

Mail Management donated design and mailing services for Green the RAD.

Letter to City Council: let them know about RADBA and Green the RAD, we will care for it for the next two years as a partner with the City.  Update about RADBA, graffiti watch, Clingman maintenance

New Business

First Light Solar moving into the old AVL Technology building (50 employees and are hiring)

The Asheville Public (TAP) will open around December 2011 in the old Silver Dollar restaurant across from The Grey Eagle

Day Warehouse: will be tearing down part of that building

Last 2011 Meeting: December 5, 4 p.m. at The Magnetic Field