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Because They Can, and You Can’t

A previous post expressed confusion over why decision-makers for the City of Asheville felt compelled to buy a derelict building after it became a murder scene, and then why they thought it would be a good idea to transform the former warehouse/ice house into affordable housing. Clarification on the latter point came forward in a staff report published this week. Although staff did not think it prudent to convert a warehouse in a historic district into living quarters, they reported that fifteen “persons experiencing homelessness” were dwelling in the building at the time of the murder.

Don’t worry too much about any evictions. The city is giving Givens Estates good terms on a loan to create more affordable housing.

One Response to “Because They Can, and You Can’t”

  • Jan
    08
    2013

    [...] foot down. In a 5-1 vote, they favored public safety and welfare, and called for the building’s demolition. Councilman Jan Davis said the building was not worth repairing. Had a moneyed private-sector [...]

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