Woodfin — A Florida-based developer, Ralph Spano, for the controversial proposed Cornerstone development has withdrawn his proposal to build 184 condos and 12 single-family homes on Robinhood Road. Spano’s move to withdraw the proposal came shortly after a protest was planned for Saturday afternoon. More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against the development.Read more...
According to Woodfin Town Adminstrator Jason Young, another developer, however, may be considering the 114-acre property.
“The developer Ralph Spano has pulled his plans for the project,” said Young. “Whether this property is developed by another developer is something I can’t answer yet. I have heard there may be someone interested taking it over,” Young added.
Anyone who comes forward to develop the property, located on a steep slope north of Beaver Lake and surrounding the northern portion of the Country Club of Asheville, will have to start the process of approval with Woodfin’s planning and zoning from the beginning, said Young.
The development has a been a point of contention since April’s meeting of the Woodfin Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and has drawn large crowds of concerned residents to Woodfin public meetings in the months since.
Concerns over the slope of the property in question were brought to the attention of town officials. Whether the slope or other terrain issues could prevent development on the property, according to Young, is a question for the developer who takes on the project.
“It would be premature to say nothing (development) is going to happen there,” said Young. “You can definitely build on the lot, but whether it’s cost-effective isn’t my decision. You can engineer a lot of things,” he added.
Concerned Citizens of North Asheville and Citizens for Responsible Land Use are two groups against the development of the Robinhood Road property. Both groups have an online presence with details regarding the opposition of the development.
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By Heather Berry
Weaverville – The Monticello Road area is full of construction activity, if Monday’s town council water line extension requests and information provided from Buncombe County Planning and Zoning is any indication. Council members and some residents voiced concerns over the impact these water line extensions will have on the town.
A new Sonic restaurant and two, separate, Monticello Road apartment complexes with plans for more than 400 apartments are in the works. Talk of a new hotel for the area has also surfaced.
The Sonic is designated for a property near Telco, 34 Northcrest Road, behind Walmart. Water extension for the project has been granted by council. According to Public Works Director Tony Laughter, the project has a few more steps to take before construction to begin, but expects a completed project within as little as three months.
Blue Ridge Crossing is planned for the area between Monticello and Garrison Branch roads. The apartment complex project was approved for a water line extension by town council Monday. Each unit will receive an estimated 229 gallons of water on average per unit, Laughter told council.
The complex will include 244 apartment units with a pool, dog park, walking trails and other amenities, according to information provided to council. Broken down, the complex will have 94 one-bedroom units, 112 two-bedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units.Read more...
Local attorney, Wilder Wadford, is a member of the Garrison Branch Investors, who are backing the project, and represented the group.
Berkley Hall Construction, a Greensboro company, has already been approved for a water line extension and currently has 168 apartments under construction at 145 Monticello Road, according to plans submitted to Buncombe County. The complex will sit on 14.04 acres.
The apartments will have seven apartment buildings, four garages and surface parking, maintenance building, car wash, club house and pool.
Hagen Engineering of Greensboro told council the Blue Ridge project was in the beginning stages. “We determined that your town has water that is readily available,” said Barret Hagen, president at Hagen Engineering. “We understand that if you allow us to put a water line in,” he continued, “we will need to voluntarily be annexed into the town of Weaverville, which we would be happy to do.”
Andrew Nagle, council member, generated some discussion about the repeated requests for water with new construction. “We’ve talked about this is in the past, at some point, we need to get back together and discuss how much (water) we are going to sell,” Nagle said, but specified his statement was unrelated to the Blue Ridge project.
According to Public Works Director Tony Laughter, the impact of the two Monday evening water requests, the Sonic restaurant and Blue Ridge Crossing apartment complex, will equal about 23.6 percent of the available capacity in the town’s water supply.
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By Heather Berry
Weaverville – Randy Len Bradburn, 47, of Weaverville, was arrested June 10 on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. Warrants for these felony counts were dated July 27, 2015, according to a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department arrest report. While the report also shows Bradburn’s address on Locust Grove Road, a source close to Bradburn has spoken to the Tribune and confided Bradburn has been homeless since December, along with providing other details surrounding the arrest.
According to the source, who asked to remain anonymous, Bradburn was asked to leave his home in December and has been living out of his car, a blue Ford Focus, since this time. Family members, said the source, have noticed Bradburn’s car parked in the Walmart parking in recent months.
Leslie Wright, a Walmart spokesperson, said the store has no knowledge of Bradburn living in the parking lot currently. Wright said the company policy, when a similar problem arises, is to contact authorities. “This isn’t a common complaint, but when it does come up, we work with authorities. The safety of our customers and associates always comes to mind,” she said. “We have no knowledge of any homeless individuals living in the parking lot at this time,” she added.Read more...
The source said family members, last year, became concerned about pornography found on Bradburn’s computer, leading to his being asked to leave the family home where children were present. The family notified law enforcement about Bradburn’s activities, the source said.
The source urged parents with children who may have had contact with Bradburn to discuss any interaction. Bradburn, according to the arrest report and the source, was employed at the Weaverville Ingles.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office was contacted for this article, but didn’t respond by press time.
Bradburn should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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