Community Open House – Crossroads project

On December 2 the developers hosted a community open house for the proposed Crossroads at West Asheville project.

You can read an article about that meeting in the Asheville Citizen-Times. The headline is “Crossroads plan gains little favor with neighbors”.

From the article:

A proposed major development remains a tough sell to nearby residents, many of whom are opposed to the project’s size and scope, even after hearing about its backstory and some plan changes.

At a Dec. 2 community meeting — the second on the Crossroads at West Asheville proposal — developers remained firm that they’ll build 802 apartment units…

The proposal will return  to the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment — for a third and supposedly final time — on Dec. 11. The appointed board will hold a quasi-judicial hearing on the project and likely make a final decision then…

On Dec. 2, about three dozen local residents attended the community meeting at Crossroads Asheville church. While a few expressed ambivalence about the project, many made it clear they’re still not happy with the its scale and potential impacts on traffic and the nearby Hominy Creek.

Developers listened and exchanged viewpoints with neighbors, but they remained committed to that 802-unit figure, which opponents say makes it the largest apartment development in Western North Carolina.

You can also read a letter to “whom it may concern” regarding the project from the developer.

CatCap Crossroads info 12-2-19

Community Open House Dec 2, 4 – 6 pm

The developers of Crossroads will be hosting a public information open house to discuss the project.

The meeting will be help Monday, December 22 from 4 – 6 pm on the Crossroads property.

From a letter dated November 22:

On behalf of Catalyst Capital Partners, this letter serves as a notification that there will be a second voluntary informational community open house meeting to discuss the proposed project at 20 South Bear Creek Rd. This letter has been sent to all property owners within 1,000 feet of the subject property.
The informal open house is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The meeting will be located on-site at the property and include a short walking tour of the property. We suggest parking at the Crossroads Church at 20 S. Bear Creek, Asheville, NC 28806 and then walking to the Meeting Location (covered pavilion) as outlined on the map below. After a short walking tour (and the sun sets), Room 109 at the Crossroads Church will be made available for further discussions.

 

Copies of the proposed project area and designs will be on display. Members of the development and design teams will be present to answer questions regarding the proposed development.

 

A map of the property is below with site of the pavillion.

Asheville Citizen-Times reporting on Crossroads permit delay

A clip from the story:

Sometimes it takes nearly three hours to hit the pause button.

On Nov. 13, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment took two hours and 45 minutes to unanimously vote to postpone until Dec. 11 a hearing on a controversial apartment complex, Crossroads at West Asheville. An overflow crowd of about 125 people attended the meeting in the Buncombe County Administration building — with another 100 watching online in another room — as well as a slew of experts, engineers and county staffers.

While the development company, Catalyst Capital Partners of Charlotte, opposed the continuance, the board postponed the hearing because the plans for the 802-unit complex have changed. Neighbors opposed to the project need more time to consult with expert witnesses and to receive final numbers on traffic impacts.

The developer is seeking a conditional use permit for the site, planned for 68 acres on South Bear Creek Road near the Malvern Hills neighborhood in West Asheville. Plans call for 802 total living units, mostly apartments, as well as 14,400 square feet of retail space, 50,400 square feet of office space and 64,000 square feet of self-storage.

Bob Oast and Lou Bissette, attorneys for the development company, argued that holding the hearing Nov. 13 was indeed a matter of fairness, in this case to their client. Bissette contended the changes actually lessened the impact of the development, noting that the developer started working on the project about a year ago.

“They met with well over 50 different groups; they met continuously with the DOT and the county,” Bissette said. “During that time, my clients were going out of their way to take public input from neighbors, the DOT, from the city.”

At this point, he was interrupted by jeers from the crowd, with one man shouting, “Tell the truth!” Some in attendance contended they were never notified of a public meeting with the developer.

For the entire story visit the AC-T website at this LINK.

Decision on Crossroads development delayed

Reporting from WLOS on November 13, 2019

Representatives for a massive mixed-used development proposed for West Asheville will have to wait until December to find out if they’ll be given a conditional use permit by the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment.

Residents packed the conference room in the building to listen in or speak up. So many people showed up, some were forced to go upstairs and watch a live stream.

Attorneys representing residents, Malvern Hills Neighborhood Association and the city of Asheville argued the development would cause special damages to their properties nearby, including the Hominy Creek Greenway. Those damages include flooding, erosion, degradation of water quality and traffic impacts, among others. After the board unanimously agreed the attorneys claims did have legal standing, the attorney representing the residents asked for a continuance.

The board ultimately agreed the residents and community needed additional time to review the changes and their potential impacts. The proposed development will be reviewed for its conditional use permit on Dec. 11 in the conference room at 200 College St. New notices will be sent to residents within 1,000 feet of the site, and information will be posted to the Buncombe County website.

Below is a link to their coverage. FOHCG board of trustees president Bryan Tomes is interviewed in the piece:

FOHCG Changes Position, Opposes Crossroads Development

The Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. has changed its position regarding the Crossroads at West Asheville development. The board’s new position opposes the current plan to develop the Crossroads at West Asheville development due to its negative impact on Hominy Creek and the Hominy Creek Greenway. 

The original position of the board of trustees did not oppose the project, but expressed concerns regarding various elements of the design and its impact.

Following meetings and correspondence with the developers, FOHCG, Inc. president said the board of trustees altered its stance from concern about the project to opposing the current design.

“There has been no movement by the developers to consider a larger assessment of what a sustainable and progressive residential development might look like on the banks of Hominy Creek. It’s become increasingly clear that the developers perceive the limits of their development is appropriately defined by Buncombe County regulations,” said Tomes. “From a beauty, traffic, and environmental stewardship perspective the regional regulations do not meet a standard to be considered an appropriate baseline for a development with the scope and impact on the surrounding community.”


Our statement regarding the Crossroads at West Asheville development

The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway opposes the current plan to develop the Crossroads at West Asheville development due to its negative impact on Hominy Creek and the Hominy Creek Greenway.

We have multiple concerns with the size and scope of the development:

  • The overall size and scope of the development will have an impact on the viewshed due to the placement and height of the structures.
  • The development is on a unique parcel of land within the Hominy Creek watershed and will impact the water quality due to run off from parking lots and construction.
  • An increase in traffic flow in the surrounding neighborhood will impact public safety among pedestrians who use the Hominy Creek Greenway.

The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway seek the opportunity to work with the developer, the State of North Carolina, Buncombe County, and the City of Asheville to implement the following:

  • That the developer repair the eroding stream bank on their property and create a substantial buffer of 50 feet or more consisting of deep-rooted woody plants along Hominy Creek to protect it from runoff and bank erosion; and to mitigate thermal and other water quality impacts from the 40 acres of new impervious surface proposed
  • That the developer examine how the size and placement of structures and parking lots will impact the viewshed of users of the Hominy Creek Greenway and adapt their plans to minimize and mitigate the impact on the viewshed.
  • That the developer use low-impact construction practices and building techniques to capture and filter stormwater runoff to minimize the impact on Hominy Creek, and to compliment the proposed ponds with additional and more effective water quality treatment.
  • That Buncombe County require the developer build a section of greenway with adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect with existing greenways and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • That the developer, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville add and improve pedestrian infrastructure associated with the existing greenway and establish safe bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between the existing and proposed trails. 
  • That the State of North Carolina consider improvements to I-240/I-26 access ramps and an additional access ramp at Bear Creek Road and I-240/I-26 to minimize traffic flow onto side streets in the surrounding community. 

Please contact FOHCG Inc. president Bryan Tomes for comment.

CONTACT: Bryan Tomes, 828-772-5542 or bryantomes@yahoo.com

Upcoming meetings: the Crossroads Development

Here are some upcoming meetings regarding the Crossroads Development

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Meeting

Tuesday, November 5 at 5:00 pm

Room 326, 200 College Street, Asheville

There will be a public comment period at the end of the meeting

 

Buncombe County Board of Adjustment Public Hearing

Wednesday, November  13 at 12:00 pm

Buncombe County Meeting Room

30 Valley Street Asheville

Public comment will be heard regarding the Crossroads development with a 3 minute limit.

Buncombe Citizens Concerned About Crossroads

A group has formed in response to the Crossroads development known as Buncombe Citizens Concerned about Crossroads.

The group has developed a petition in opposition to the development. The petition is available on their website. Below is a portion of the petition.

We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned about the impacts of this potential development to the health and safety of persons in the area or surrounding properties. We believe it will be detrimental to the public welfare and injurious to property or public improvements.

We ask that you deny the application for conditional use based on these concerns. Buncombe County can do better!

The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. board of directors do not necessarily support the position of the Buncombe Citizens Concerned about Crossroads. You can review our position HERE.

Asheville Citizen-Times coverage of Crossroads development (#2)

A second article about the Crossroads developed was published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on October 9, 2019.

Crossroads at West Asheville Hearing Postponed neighbors cite “flawed system”

At the developer’s request, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment agreed to postpone a quasi-judicial hearing on a major housing development until the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

About 20 concerned neighbors had shown up for the noon meeting on Oct. 9 downtown, and they expressed concerns about what they consider a deeply flawed approval process for such a major development. The Buncombe County Planning & Development office received the application for the conditional use permit on Sept. 9, but neighbors said they only heard about the proposal in late September.

The Crossroads at West Asheville, planned for 68 acres on South Bear Creek Road, would comprise 802 total living units, including apartments, vacation rentals and senior housing, according to plans on file with Buncombe County. It would also have 14,400 square feet of retail space, 50,400 square feet of office space and 64,000 square feet of self-storage.

“The whole thing reveals a huge flaw with the zoning ordinance,” said Kate Millar, the incoming president of the Malvern Hills Neighborhood Association. “That the largest (multifamily) development (in Western North Carolina) could get built, with a week’s notice and no oversight except by the Board of Adjustment, it’s crazy.”

Read more here: Crossroads at West Asheville Hearing Postponed

CANCELLED: Crossroads permit at Board of Adjustments meeting on Wed. Oct. 9

The developers of the Crossroads property have been granted a continuance and will not be on the agenda of the Board of Adjustments meeting on Wednesday October 9. The meeting will not accept comments regarding the development at the October 9 meeting. The next meeting is November 13. We will provide an update if the Crossroads property is on the agenda.