May 15, 2021

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Asheville’s River Arts District Transportation Advancement Undertaking is complete

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It’s official, the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (aka RADTIP) is days away from completion. And just after 5 several years of development + a 10 years of planning from the Metropolis of Asheville, we could not be happier about its metamorphosis. 

We very first broke down the information of this challenge throughout its midway level in 2019, but ICYMI (or forgot), here’s a speedy explainer. The aim of this ~$35 million task has been to rebuild the transportation network together the east facet of the French Wide River in the River Arts District, with the extensive phrase eyesight of supporting enterprises, residents, artists + the greater community eyesight adopted in the 2004 Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Master Plan.

Courtesy of Metropolis of Asheville

While I’m sure that a lot of of y’all — me provided — have already been taking pleasure in the new greenway growth for the previous handful of months, you could not be mindful of the project’s complete scope

Right here are the highlights: 

4 miles of sidewalk, 2 miles of greenway and the first protected bicycle lane in Asheville record

○ A roundabout at Lyman St. + Riverside Drive (howdy, safer site visitors move)

2 created wetlands for stormwater administration — significant simply because the river is inclined to flooding

○ Nearly 200 new community parking areas (which has Laura crying tears of joy) 

9 acres of new waterfront parkland 

○ Various parts of public art, together with the Trash Trout, a sculpted estimate from local artist Cleaster Cotton + extra

Riverside Generate ahead of and right after building | Picture courtesy of Metropolis of Asheville

What is even cooler about this job, even though, is that the infrastructure is only 50 percent of the tale. While development employees have been doing work away, a fleet of new corporations and creators have shown up to perform — which allows illustrate that financial financial commitment into community features can actually pay out off in dividends. 

More than the final 10 years, the RAD has evolved from acquiring: 

🍽️ 3 restaurants/coffee shops (with no evening meal options) ➡️ 15 dining establishments/espresso retailers (like 9 that serve evening meal) 

🎨140 artists found in 16 structures ➡️ 250+ artists in 19 properties

🚣‍♀️1 river recreation business ➡️ 5 river recreation businesses 

🍹2 watering holes (a brewery and bar) ➡️ 3 breweries, 2 wine bars + 3 bars

Chat about a glow up. We’re majorly stoked to lounge, drink + stroll by the river though having fun with the fruits of our labor (it’s our tax money, following all). And the Metropolis of Asheville is so thrilled that they are throwing a month’s value of festivities about it. Part of that celebration consists of two virtual components: a French Wide River artwork exhibition (submissions because of April 18) and a local community get-together on Fri., April 23 at 12 p.m. The latter will consist of songs, RAD background, and a instant to thank the neighborhood + funders of the undertaking.  

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