Just Another Parc (or Not) Open ThreadBy
There is supposed to be a protest shindig tomorrow up by the Basilica, to protest the imminent decision on the fate of the city-owned parcel across from the Basilica on Haywood Street.
For my two cents, as one who has spent a lot of time looking and waiting for some in-town living that’s both decent and affordable, my vote would be for residential, not hotel. We have enough hotels.
The all-powerful landlords downtown don’t want to admit it, but their lock on the real estate market has things way over-valued in Asheville, especially considering the economy, and some new residential construction would ease the upward pressure a bit. The average price tag of a condo in town, smaller than your standard shipping container even, cries out that Asheville needs more residential housing in the inner downtown corridor.
It’s a simple matter of supply and demand, in that I demand an increase in the supply.
Indigo tried to reserve some space in their Mothership around the corner for some luxury penthouses, but that was a bone-headed plan, and now they are finishing it out as more hotel rooms. The McKibbon plan seems to be taking a similar stance, and you can pretty much bet that they will end up doing the same thing with whatever space they set aside for what they consider housing. Because hotel companies are not interested in providing housing for regular folks. They only want the wealthy, first class, long in the tooth, easy to manage, quiet, reserved, most likely conservative, non-entity’s in the area. Those kinds of tenants don’t want much they don’t already have and pretty much keep their mouths shut most of the time. Easy breezy.
That’s not what Asheville needs. Asheville needs inside the BID housing for adult couples with some life left in them, not another mausoleum like the Grove Arcade, or some Hollywood-on-the-Swannanoa luxury development. Continuing on the current course, Asheville just turns into a gated community every night at sundown. Yeah, that’s a healthy plan. Sustainable too. Just ask Florida.
Anyway, what’s your two cents? Have at it.