Parkside: Awesome Tavern Means No High Rise


It appears that, no matter what the judge rules in Mr. Coleman’s appeal of the Parkside ruling, any future condo will have to go through the entire process again.  It appears this story is coming to a close.

Assistant Planning Director Shannon Tuch said Tuesday that the city’s approval of the pub means the approval of the nine-story condo building was dead.

“We can only entertain one development application for a piece of property at a time,” Tuch said. “So he would have to reapply and start all over.”

Categories : Local, Parkside


  1. Of course, it still matters immensely how the law suit turns out. If Coleman ends up with the property it is only a matter of time (and financial recovery) before he decides to put some other structure there. If the court case goes against Coleman, then the story will really be behind us.

  2. arratik says:

    the cynic in me thought that stewart coleman would just fence off the magnolia tree and make it part of the back patio of that “awesome tavern” – you know, “hey, the tree’s still alive, but you gotta be a paying customer if you want to dance around it now. suck on that, pagans and progressives!!!”

    wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  3. barry says:

    This is the point in the movie where the good guys breath a sigh of relief & turn their backs, but in the background the audience sees the monster/bad guy/evil robot stir & start to get up…

    Cecil is right – as long as Mr. Coleman owns that parkland, there’s always a chance he’ll try to develop it down the road. Hey, maybe if he gets a more sympathetic Council?

    My first recommendation: don’t vote for the candidate whose law firm boasts about having “formulated strategies to avoid community opposition” to development. Personally, that seems like a no-brainer to me.

    Vote Cecil and Gordon.

  4. JBO says:

    Check, albeit not quite mate though.

    I wonder if Coleman would consider making the Magnolia a treasured tree under the Quality Forward program.

  5. barry says:

    Think a different Council wouldn’t give Coleman what he wants? This is a little bit of a tangent, but remember the case in New London, Connecticut, where the City Council used imminent domain to take away all those people’s homes & gave the land to a developer? People everywhere were shocked and outraged, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the homeowners lost.

    Well, don’t be surprised if a year or two down the road, someone here suggests that we should give Stewie another shot at Parkside, because of all the jobs, the tax revenue, blah blah blah. If Coleman’s appeal succeeds, as soon as the economy looks like it’s about to turn around, I predict we’ll be right back where we were. Council seriously dropped the ball when they didn’t permanently protect the park.

    And that land up in Connecticut? The people got evicted, the houses torn down, but the land still sits empty. Four years later, nothing there but feral cats. The developer blames the homeowners:

    “If there had been no litigation, which took years to work its way through (the court system), then a substantial portion of this project would be constructed by now.”

  6. a beer joint next to City Hall… and this is better?

  7. barry says:

    At least it’s not ten-story, 100,000 sf. beer joint. Yet.

  8. on the other hand, a beer joint next to the courthouse and city hall is an old Asheville tradition.

    anyone else remember the row of buildings along College Street where the new Veterans Memorial is now? It had a beer joint in it, a bail bondsman office, and a driving school that had these really cool cars with steering wheels on both sides! (1950s)

    and, of course, more recently Bill Stanley’s infamous barbecue place (that gave half of Buncombe food poisoning) was in the same building that Coleman is refurbishing today. Check out this story, “The Fatal Slaw”L