Preliminary Design Plans for the Bell-Beverly Sidewalk

Click here to view the preliminary design plans.

The preliminary design plans are at the 30% design stage and let you see which side of the road the sidewalk will be on. Basically, the new sidewalk starts off on the west side of New Haw Creek Road near Beverly Road and then crosses back and forth three more times so as to avoid steep and narrow areas, eventually ending at Bell Road/Charlie Bullman Park.

The design plans call for installing curb and gutter along one side of the existing roadway, adding a 6′ wide sidewalk behind the new curb and gutter, and providing ADA ramps as needed. This design will look similar to the prior section of sidewalk along New Haw Creek Road between Arco Road and Beverly Road.

The City of Asheville expects the design plans to be finished toward the end of this calendar year. After that, the timeline for construction depends on a number of things, such as Right-Of-Way and easement acquisition as well as obtaining a successful bidder. Once construction begins, a preliminary estimate for completion is approximately 15 months.

If the sidewalk does not fit in existing Right-Of-Way (public-owned / maintained property), then the City will have to acquire Right-Of-Way from the affected neighbors to cover the new sidewalk. The City will also likely need Temporary Construction Easements. These allow access room to build the sidewalk but go away after construction is completed.

For additional information about the project, please contact Lora Sepion, Project Manager, Capital Projects Department: 828-575-4385, lsepion@ashevillenc.gov

New Yoga Studio in East Asheville

Locally-owned, woman-operated business EVERYBODY Yoga, adds to the ever-expanding holistic landscape in East Asheville by offering yoga classes that are accessible to all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities.

From traditional styles including Yin and Restorative, to family yoga and the more vigorous fusion-inspired Vinyasa flow and Power Yoga, we have something for everybody. Inspired by the yoga studios of yesterday, EVERYBODY Yoga embraces the simplistic. Housed in a light-filled, one room studio, the focus is on the practice, not the frills.

“For us, Yoga is not about how bendy you are, if you chant “Om” perfectly (or even at all) or what you are wearing. It is ok to ask questions in class, laugh and modify any pose to fit your today. We take yoga seriously. Ourselves, not so much.” -Melissa Bertenthal, Owner

Every Saturday a sliding-scale class is offered at 3pm with a portion of the proceeds donated to SistasCaring4Sistas, a local non-profit that empowers women of color through doula training and birth services for the Pisgah View and Hillcrest Communities.

Located at 1145 Tunnel Road, next to the Ingles at Riceville Road and Filo Café, EVERYBODY Yoga opened in January 2019. For more information please visit www.everybodyyoganc.com. Suggestions always welcome and accepted, melissa@everybodyyoganc.com

Update on the New Haw Creek Sidewalk Project

November 2 Email from Vinnie Sullivan:

We received preliminary plans for the project from our design consultant early this week. The City will need to review the plans and walk the project area to see what changes, in any, we’d like to see. Following that, we’ll schedule a community meeting to gauge community reaction and ask for ‘final’ plans based on the community and NC DOT review. Since there’s a federal funding component, we’ll need to have the plans put through that review process as well. It’s a long process, but this area is not an easy one to design a sidewalk for (we say that the easy ones are built already). Since we’ll also need to plan utility relocations, easement acquisitions, etc., we expect to begin construction on the project within the next 18 months or so.

Vinnie Sullivan, PE, CFM

Project Manager

City of Asheville, Capital Projects Management Division