Continue to voice your support for Asheville City Market!
Create 72 Broadway, a multistory hotel proposed for N. Market St., could impede the Asheville City Market’s ability to operate along the street on market days. Attempts by the developer to craft safeguards for the market have been rushed and remain unclear. We are requesting that City Council not approve the hotel until additional safeguards for the continued existence of the downtown farmers market can be considered.
The Sept. 10 Council meeting included a public hearing on the proposal (view the four-hour meeting here). There was a strong showing of support for the market with numerous vendors and staff speaking and in attendance. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the developers requested that the vote for the proposal be delayed. The next Council meeting, on Sept. 24, will also include a public hearing on the vote to approve a one-year moratorium on hotel development. Council indicated that the Create 72 Broadway project would not be grandfathered in, should the moratorium pass. Please continue to let Council members know you support a downtown farmers market! You can email all Council members at AshevilleNCCouncil@ashevillenc.gov.
Asheville City Market opened on N. Market St. in 2017 after years of searching for a downtown location. Now a vibrant downtown community hub, the market is critical to the sustainability of dozens of local farms and small businesses and a source of local food for thousands of shoppers. As the only market in downtown Asheville operating on a public street, it embodies the authenticity and connection to place that make it a treasured public space worth protecting.
Asheville City Market welcomes 1500 residents and visitors each Saturday, April through December. The market is instrumental in providing access to local food for the community, including users of SNAP whose assistance dollars are doubled at the market. Sixty vendors, including farmers, local food producers, and artisans, regularly sell at Asheville City Market. More than twenty local musicians are featured throughout the season, and community groups are given space for outreach.