Asheland Ave. land now reserved for restitution

ASHEVILLE – A controversial parcel on a single of the city’s key streets is now part of land reserved for a historic reparations plan supposed to atone for slavery, discrimination and other wrongs carried out to Black people.

An acre on Asheland Avenue that had been considered for a church-based very affordable housing task but confronted opposition from residents is now aspect of at minimum 54 acres that will be established aside for reparations.

The land was obtained by the metropolis by federal urban renewal packages starting up in 1958 that had the mentioned target of removing blight but that critics say tore apart Black communities. 

The Haywood Street Congregation said in July it was stepping again from the plan to provide housing for some of the poorest city inhabitants following neighbors said the challenge would further concentrate poverty in the area.

This acre at Asheland Avenue is now part of a collection of properties that are reserved for Asheville's reparations program.

The withdrawal led to the automatic reversion of the property into the city-acquired urban renewal homes that are beneath a City Council moratorium passed Oct. 27 protecting against their sale, team at an Aug. 17 Council Housing and Neighborhood Advancement Committee assembly stated.

As of Sept. 3, the assets, which is east of the round intersection of South Grove and Blanton streets appeared on the city’s interactive city renewal map.