October Minutes 2018

RADBA Meeting Agenda October 30, 2018

Call to Order Self-Intro and Sign-In by all present Motion to Approve Minutes from last meeting Shelley motioned to approve, Tim seconded, Everyone in favor.

Attendance: Shelley Schenker, Barrett Nichols, Lauri Nichols, Kathryn Adams, Lauren Turpin, Wendy Whitson, Pattiy Torno, Matt Sprouse, Nadine Charlsen, Garrett Artz, Jeremy Goldstein, Dave Campbell, Tim Schaller, Stuart Hough, Sara Henry, Jannette Montenegro, Katherine de Vos Devine, Justin Wilson, Matt Wallace, Anne Willis, Jim Morgan.

 Treasurer’s Report Pattiy Torno (RADBA Treasurer / Owner Curve Studios) $11,308 in bank, 39-40 members this year. Keep up the good work!

One Neighborhood, was formed by community leaders and brought to RADBA, the program connects artists to children in need the artists get paid for this program. Open Doors took over as an umbrella program to help run it.

Neighborhood Update Officer Justin Wilson (Community Resource Officer) 828-450-3719 JWilson@AshevilleNC.gov City of Asheville –

-Someone is stealing diesel from the tractors at the construction sites.

-New Belgium reported someone trying their door handles. **Reminder to lock up tight**

-Vehicle breaking and entering still happening at the dog park

-RADA meeting expressed for need for more traffic enforcement, stopped about 50 cars since the last meeting. Majority of these stops happened near the 5 way.

-Curve jeweler had a ring stolen

 RADTIP Update

Sara Henry (Strategic Development Office Admin)

RADTIP update:

-Traffic pattern has not changed at Lyman riverside yet but will happen this week.

14 Riverside Drive:

-Process: The pricing for that space is based off of other community spaces, like the us cellular center, or a community center pavilion. 75% off the normal rate if you are a non profit.

$500 daily $1000 during the weekend. 75% off that for non-profits. Anyone who submits a event for that space will get it unless is already booked.

With that said: The intent of the 14 Riverside Drives goal is to add arts and culture and vitality to the River Arts Community during construction.


FB River West Greenway will be closed after thanksgiving. Working with homeless services, homeward bound . Brian will be coming to WECAN to be able to more information about that.

Are there going to be call boxes at the green way?  Yes they will be at the parking lots.

Last thing is a question to think about: Proposing a quarterly or monthly meeting of people from Downtown Association, West Asehville Business Association, RADBA & RADA to cross share best practices information around organizational issues!

Sarah New Title: Economic Development Specialist.

NBB Update Brought to you by Pattiy in lieu Mike Craft (Marketing Director, Community Liason – or other worthy title)

-Renting out brew house space for holiday parties

-AOB Raised 8000 at the Pumpkin Pedler which was matched by a private donor

-collaborated on beer with archetype called neighborly logger


RiverLink Update Garrett Artz (RiverLink Exec. Director)

Formed a partnership on Oct 17th with watershed organizations in 8 counties to focus on the water quality as a whole.

Celebration draft masterplan review of Karen Cragnola park was reveled yesterday.

RADA Update Nadine Charleson (RADA President)

Studio Stroll Nov 10 – 11

Second Sat in Dec – Holiday Markets

Voting and membership information President@RiverArtsDisctrict.com

-Nadine will show up or send Becca over to help get you set up.

-Also let Nadine know if you want a barrel for food donation for manna during RAD Studio Stroll

Old Business Vitality Partnership Recap (MOU)

MOU – The City, RADBA, RADA created a MOU during the RADTIP. Seed money put in by the city to help keep vitality in the during construction.

  • Way Finding Banners

  • NCCG Summer of Glass Exhibition

  • Second Saturday Trollies

Shelly askes: Are there non-artist Businesses that are currently facing chanllenges due to the construction?

What is currently on the table for vote this Thursday is the request is for the city to pay the 50% deposit for the trollies.

Email Shelley if you need to let het know of things that should be brought up at the MOU Ecodepot ecodepotmarketplace@gmail.com

 RADPAC Group– Planning Advisory Committee- Tim Schaller, Matt Sprouse, Darren Green, Brian McCarthy, Hedy Fisher, Pattiy Torno

RAD PAC is the sub committee for RADBA that reviews, on a completely voluntary basis, any and all projects that are seeking to be built in the RAD, including all infrastructure projects, with the intent of doing the leg work and bringing condensed information to the RADBA meetings. They meet on an as needed basis, usually at 7:30 or 8am @ the Wedge Foundation. Let Tim Schaller know if you want to be included here.

In the near future, they hope to be looking at Jeremy Goldstein’s project on the old Park Avenue North site. Old Wood Co is exploring the possibility of a boutique hotel type hostel @ 99 Riverside Drive. Tim asked if anyone is opposed to having a hotel around here. There was no opposition at this meeting. Executive Committee will take up this task of surveying the neighborhood.

Street Renaming

The City wants to rename Park Avenue North as it is a duplicate street name. This renaming would effect 6 parcels from Roberts Street Studios back up the hill to the small house that burned last year. Jeremy Goldstein is the lead here as he is a property owner who is pursuing a mixed used project on this street and needs to know what to call it! Stuart Rohrbaugh and Jeremy have a list of names that include Thunder Road Way, Thunder Road Lane, Artist Way, Artful Way… this process is cumbersome but we will stay informed.

 New Business Studio Stroll – Nov 10/11 2018 10am to 5pm both days


Shelly just closed on 3.5 acres in the RAD

NC Glass hosts Veterans Glass Day on Saturday of the Studio Stroll!

RADA New Website – opportunities for Associate Membership

November 27th Meeting will be@ the District Wine Bar @ 4pm

Bring a neighbor to the RADBA meeting and we will buy you a drink!!

No Meeting in December