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The project logo Public Space Usage During COVID-19

UPDATE 9/29/2020: AVL Shares Space extended to Jan. 3 with winter guidelines

 

The City of Asheville will be extending the AVL Shares Space initiatives through Jan. 3, 2021, in order to continue providing businesses and organizations with opportunities to expand outdoors during COVID-19. In addition to the extension, new guidelines are being provided to participants that address winter-related accommodations and safety requirements. 
For more information visit ashevillenc.gov.
 


Thank you for visiting the engagement hub for the City of Asheville. Please provide your feedback on initiatives related to the use of public spaces during COVID-19.

 

BACKGROUND

The City has formed an interdepartmental team to help the community by expanding opportunities to use public space in alignment with public health guidance.

Initiatives currently being pursued include:

  • Curbside pick-up zones in commercial districts
  • Expanded opportunities for flexible use of private property
  • Expanded use of sidewalks and the creation of “parklets” in on-street parking spaces for dining and merchandise
  • Pedestrian zones and/or temporary shared spaces for commerce and recreation

 

More information is available at www.ashevillenc.gov/publicspaceresponse

 

Project Contact: 

[email protected]

A team of City staff will review your email. Be sure to check back at the project website for updates.​

 

This survey is now closed.

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Curbside Pick-Up Zones

Parking spaces designated as 10 minute curbside pick-up zones to support easy and safe access to goods and services in commercial areas. 

LAUNCHED 5/22/20

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Expanded use of private property

Guidelines and an expedited process for businesses/organizations to request expanded use of their private parking lots, landscape areas, and walkways to be able to better operate in alignment with public health guidelines. 

LAUNCHED 5/22/20

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Expanded use of public sidewalks

Guidelines and an expedited process for businesses/organizations to request expanded use of adjacent public sidewalk (i.e. seating, merchandise display) to be able to better operate in alignment with public health guidelines.

LAUNCHED 6/5/20

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Shared Streets (Pedestrian Priority Zones)

Designation of Pedestrian-Priority Streets (vehicles must yield to pedestrians) and creation of "Parklet Zones" within those streets to support expanded opportunities for commerce (i.e. seating and merchandise) in public parking spaces. 

LAUNCHED 6/19/20 - The Block (Eagle & S. Market Streets)
LAUNCHED 6/26/20 - South Slope (Banks, Buxton & Collier)
LAUNCHED 7/2/20 - Wall Street 
LAUNCHED 7/2/20 - Parklet Zone on College Street between Haywood and Patton 

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Temporary Parklets

An opportunity for business/organizations temporarily use up to 3 public parking spaces adjacent to their storefronts for extended outdoor dining, merchandise or other expanded use to be able to better operate in alignment with public health guidelines.

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENED 6/19/20