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Neighborhood Profile: Malvern Hills Community Club

NeighborhoodProfile-300x200This is the latest in a series of profiles highlighting the City of Asheville’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. The City of Asheville maintains a list of neighborhoods who have registered as official organizations. Each month we will invite one of these to tell you a little more about the place they call home. If you are not sure if your neighborhood is on our listing, please contact Neighborhood Coordinator Marsha Stickford at

Name: Malvern Hills Community Club
Established: November 17, 1949
Location: Malvern Hills neighborhood is located in West Asheville just off Patton Avenue. It is bordered on the east by Bear Creek Road, on the south by Wendover Road, and on the north by School Road.

What qualities make your neighborhood unique?

Our neighborhood history spans nearly a century and includes the construction of the luxury Belmont Hotel, Asheville’s first golf course, and the “medicinal waters” of the Sulphur Springs. Residences were made up of upscale houses that morphed into a middle class neighborhood with well over 200 homes, ranging from small bungalows with smaller yards to medium-sized to large homes with large yards. The architectural styles of homes are quite diverse, dating from the 1940’s all the way to new construction. Additionally, the Bear Creek Apartments on Bear Creek Road offer affordable housing. We have two long-established churches in our neighborhood and we have access to Malvern Hills Park and swimming pool only a couple of blocks away. Malvern Hills is located in an area that offers easy access to Public Safety offices, Vance Elementary School and the public library.

Who are the people that make up your neighborhood?

Our neighborhood is made up of different generations that share the values of community, friendship and stewardship of our area. Asheville natives as well as transplants from all over the country reside here. Retirees, empty nesters and young families with toddlers and school age children can be found at our neighborhood gatherings.
Several long-time and new Asheville business owners, professional and public service people, artists and musicians live in our neighborhood. Some of our residents ages 60 and over are life-long residents of Malvern Hills. We are exceedingly fortunate to have an active community club with excellent leadership.

What is some of your neighborhood’s history?

In 1827 Robert Henry discovered the “medicinal waters” of Sulphur Springs. He and Colonel Deaver built a hotel as an attraction for wealthy low-country planters. The hotel burned. Following the Civil War, the Belmont Hotel was built in the middle of what is now Malvern Hills. This hotel also burned and was never rebuilt. The residential development of Malvern Hills was done by LB Jackson (of the Jackson Bldg. skyscraper fame), Hilliard Greene and O.E. Starnes, Sr. The original residential development plat is on our web-page MalvernHills.Org. The neighborhood was started just before the crash of 1929 and the Depression, so there are two distinct ages of the homes in Malvern Hills: pre 1930 and post 1940. There was a time, back in the 1950’s, when Malvern Hills and the Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church presented one of the community’s first live Nativity scenes and residents decorated every home during the Christmas Season. These events were quite well attended with bumper-to bumper traffic and tour buses.

What role does your neighborhood play as part of Asheville’s community?

Members of our neighborhood play a vital role in the greater Asheville community by being engaged in political and social circles. Malvern Hills is a stable anchor for the west side and our residents are contributors to the overall economy in Asheville through various professions. We have several community leaders that live here and take part in many civic organizations. Many of our residents volunteer regularly in the greater community as well as serve on boards and commissions. Though our neighborhood roads have become “cut-throughs” to the interstate highways and to Patton Avenue, we have fortunately been able to get speed bumps and other traffic calming, which has made this a much safer situation for our residents and everyone using these streets.

What are some of the things you look forward to in the future of your neighborhood?

We look forward to even greater involvement in our neighborhood to work alongside our elected officials to set priorities as a community friendly body. A strong movement is underway to secure a greenway adjacent to our properties. This would preserve the history of our community, preserve the environment and ecosystems including a wetland area, provide enormous educational opportunities and wholesome recreational activities for future generations

Name something that you would like to see to make your neighborhood better.

Sidewalk maintenance, road repairs, and traffic safety controls should remain paramount in order to preserve livability in our neighborhood as well as zoning regulations that protect the family atmosphere here.

The left turn arrow at the traffic light at Patton Avenue and Bear Creek Road needs to be reconfigured to make it functional all the time. A crosswalk and landing pad at the north end of Bear Creek Road, connecting to a sidewalk along School Road, would increase public safety and make a safe walkway for pedestrians who are crossing the large, five-way intersection with Patton Avenue.

We would also like to see more participation from homes in the neighborhood with the Community Club and community events and to connect with families through electronic access.

Click here to see all of the neighborhoods profiled so far.

Leave a Comment January 16, 2015

City floodplain practices result in 10 percent drop in insurance rates

City of Asheville property owners who pay flood insurance will see a drop in their premiums thanks to the City’s floodplain management and disaster reduction practices. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced in December that the City’s voluntary management activities exceeded the standards of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The result is not only a safer community but also a 10 percent reduction in flood insurance payments by property owners.



“This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation your community implements to protect lives and reduce property damage,” said Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Associate Administrator David L. Miller in the announcement to the City.

The NFIP report cites several positive steps taken by the City of Asheville to reduce flood damage, including education and outreach projects, floodplain mapping, preservation of open space in flood prone areas and stormwater management. This is the first time the City has applied for the Community Rating System Credit.

“We’ve known for a while that stormwater is going to play a big part in planning for a safe and healthy city,” said Stormwater Services Manager McCray Coates. “So we hit the ground running on management practices that reduce the impact of heavy rain events. The current Lake Craig/Azalea Road project is a great example of an infrastructure improvement that not only helps mitigate floodwaters but also makes the adjacent facilities easier to access.”

The City of Asheville maintains an online flood information page where users can find flood maps, safety info, background on stormwater concerns and even a tool to help determine if your house is in a floodplain.

“Our first concern is always making residents and property owners aware of flood issues and keeping the community safe,” said Development Services Director Shannon Tuch. “That this certification comes with a significant savings for residents paying flood insurance is a nice added value.”

Leave a Comment December 30, 2014

Neighborhood Profile: Grove Park/Sunset Mountain Neighborhood

This is the latest in a series of profiles highlighting the City of Asheville’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. The City of Asheville maintains a list of neighborhoods who have registered as official organizations. Each month we will invite one of these to tell you a little more about the place they call home. If you are not sure if your neighborhood is on our listing, please contact Neighborhood Coordinator Marsha Stickford at

Name of group: Grove Park/Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association
Formed when: 1973

What qualities make your neighborhood unique?

The Grove Park neighborhood is an excellent intact example of an early twentieth century planned suburban residential development, featuring a wide array of revival and eclectic domestic architecture in an appropriately landscaped setting. The Grove Park plan was the first in Asheville to abandon the typical grid street layout and to provide curvilinear streets, parks, and trees in a naturalistic setting.

Who are the people that make up your neighborhood?

The Grove Park Community is an active one with many of the residents often being seen on a walk, jog, or taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Grove Park Inn. The neighborhood is comprised of a significant number of doctors, lawyers and a wide range of professionals and business managers and owners. There are many families who reside in Grove Park with both young and college age children, empty nesters and retirees. All these factors contribute to being a vibrant and engaged neighborhood.

What is some of your neighborhood history?

Grove Park Inn builder Edwin Wiley Grove purchased the land surrounding the Grove Park Inn and sold it to developers and prominent individuals who created a housing stock of remarkable and delightful dwellings, while Charlotte Street became the setting for a number of important buildings, such as the Manor Inn.
Richard Sharp Smith, the supervising architect of the Biltmore Estate, influenced much of the neighborhood’s distinctive architectural style, “English Derived Craftsman”, which was inspired by the American and English Arts and Crafts Movement.

The streetcar lines in the turn of the last century and the accessibility and affordability of the automobile played an important role in the neighborhood’s platting as a “streetcar suburb” with garages, communal parking and larger lots for homes.

Today, three of the neighborhood’s areas, Grove Park, Proximity Park and Sunset Terrace are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The current residents share a passion to maintain and protect that legacy.

What role does your neighborhood play as part of Asheville’s community?

In 2013, the Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association (GPSMNA) announced restoration plans for three historic parks that are an integral part of the neighborhood (E. W. Grove Park, Sunset Parkway and the Griffing Blvd. Rose Gardens). To implement these plans, the GPSMNA entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with the City of Asheville. Revenues generated from the annual Tour of Homes and Gardens fund the initial costs of restoring the parks, and further fund raising options are under consideration to advance these efforts and restore the fountain that was part of the original E. W. Park design.

What are some of the things you look forward to in the future of your neighborhood?

Over the next year, the neighborhood association will make a concerted to expand membership level to fifty percent of its residents. In addition, the association is considering the possibility of extending its north and northeast boundaries to include the adjacent streets that are not currently organized or part of an existing recognized neighborhood association.

Under consideration is a launching of a capital campaign in 2015 to raise money to restore the historic fountain that was part of the original E. W. Grove Park until the early 1960s. A plan will be laid out to present to potential donors with the idea of showing donors where and how their money will be directed to a project that will further enhance the neighborhood and the beauty of the park. A feasibility study will be conducted in advance of the campaign where if the requisite amount of money is achieved the project will be undertaken.

Name something that you would like to see to make your neighborhood better?

The association, working closely with Asheville Police Department, has an active community watch program which sends out crime alerts and crime prevention techniques to deter crime and make our neighborhood safer.

We continue to focus on building the sense of community for the neighborhood. Upon identifying new residents, a welcome email letter is sent to the household providing background information on the neighborhood, its history, ongoing social activities and a calendar of events. In addition, new families are asked to join Nextdoor, a free and private social networking website for neighborhoods that can be a valuable tool to make our neighborhood safer and stronger.

Click here to see all of the neighborhoods profiled so far.

Leave a Comment November 5, 2014

Honoring Officer Bingaman one year later


On October 29, Asheville Police officers, friends and family gathered outside the Buncombe County Courthouse for a candlelight memorial in honor of Officer Robert A. Bingaman who died one year earlier.

The service was held in the building’s courtyard, home to a stone memorializing emergency and police personnel who have died in the line of duty. APD Chief William Anderson and District Attorney Ron Moore both spoke to the gathering of approximately 100.

Bingaman died in 2013 when the car he was driving left the Capt. Jeff Bowen Bridge over the French Broad River. Bingaman, who served in the traffic division, was also a former Marine and a well-respected officer in the Asheville Police Department.

Leave a Comment October 30, 2014

Oct. 25 Symposium draws community into mobility planning

Everyone needs to get around. That’s the simple idea behind Asheville In Motion, an evolving and exciting community-based initiative designed to increase access to all forms of transportation.

AIMOn October 25, the public is encouraged to participate in a symposium on Asheville’s transportation future. The event will feature a panel discussion, community exercises and opportunities to let the community know your biggest priorities for mobility in Asheville.

Input and information will become part of the city’s AIM mobility plan, which will meet Asheville’s growth and transportation needs by changing how we think about getting around.

“In the past, we have thought of sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure and streets as being in different silos,” says Transportation Manager Mariate Echeverry. “The best way to build a mobility network that gives attention to all forms of transportation is to examine them in a holistic, interconnected way.”

Better mobility means easier access to jobs, better neighborhood connectivity, a boost to business, and a safe, healthy, sustainable transportation system. Help Asheville take AIM at the future of mobility by attending this exciting event.

The Asheville In Motion symposium will take place Saturday, October 25 in the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Find more information about Asheville In Motion here.


Leave a Comment October 9, 2014

Neighborhood Advisory Committee to hold West Asheville neighborhood meeting

shutterstock_56618785 copyThe Neighborhood Advisory Committee of the City of Asheville invites residents and business and property owners of West Asheville to a neighborhood meeting Monday, September 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road.

Please join us for this opportunity to express your ideas for improving your neighborhood and to hear about city projects and services in West Asheville. The meeting will provide a public forum for representatives from neighborhood associations and groups to share information about their neighborhood and the work of their groups.

In addition, Cathy Ball, Executive Director of Planning and Multi-modal Transportation, will give an update on the study on short term rentals. Ken Putnam, Director of Transportation, will share information on transportation related projects, including plans for a Haywood Road parking study. Greg Shuler, Public Works Director, will present information on ongoing Public Works projects. Police Department representatives for the West Asheville District will give updates on police related topics and Jayden Gurney, the Chair of the Citizen-Police Advisory Committee, will share information on the work of that group. Fire Department Chiefs Wayne Hamilton and Barry Hendren will give updates on fire and emergency services for West Asheville.

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee’s mission is to foster effective communication between and among Asheville’s neighborhoods and with the City of Asheville.

Click here to learn more about the Neighborhood Advisory Committee of the City of Asheville.

For more information about the Neighborhood Advisory Committee or the September 22 meeting, contact the West Asheville representative Elaine Poovey at or 253-3514

Leave a Comment September 11, 2014

Join in on online graffiti Q&A session Friday June 27

123-graffiti-freeJuly 1 marks the start of the 123 Graffiti Free cleanup initiative, and in anticipation of the date, the City of Asheville will host a Question and Answer session on Facebook this Friday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cathy Ball, the city’s Executive Director of Planning and Multimodal Transportation, will be on hand to answer questions related to the city’s new graffiti policy and to the coming 90-day cleanup assistance program. The online conversation will also address what happens next as we transition as a community into a graffiti-free city.

“We know that residents and business owners alike have questions about how this program works, and a lot of those questions show up in online conversations,” Ball said. “So this seems like a perfect opportunity to get clear information out there.”

See the city’s updated graffiti policy and 123 Graffiti Free campaign announcements here.

The time of the Q&A was picked in hopes that as many businesses and residents as possible could participate, and to steer clear of the lunch and dinner rushes experienced by Asheville’s many restaurateurs, so join in the conversation this Friday at between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Look for the Q&A post, and post your questions in the comments section.

Leave a Comment June 23, 2014

City crews prep streets ahead of paving project

Public Works crews are patching, milling and repairing road surfaces around Asheville ahead of a coming repaving project that will address streets throughout the city.

patchpicIn May, Asheville City Council approved a $1.12 million contract to repave 5.44 miles of city streets, the majority of which are residential neighborhood roads. The repaving will take place this summer and fall, but city crews are currently patching holes and milling surfaces so those streets can be ready when the contractor begins paving.

“We’re trying to get out ahead of them and get the things done that we can,” said Streets Operations Manager Jerry Yates. Taking care of the work in-house also saves the city money in the long run.

Crews will be patching surfaces on Ambler Road and Vermont Avenue and milling the surface of Fairway Drive and Brookwood Court. Additionally, concrete crews are pouring new sidewalks on Hilliard Avenue and Stormwater Services is tackling drainage improvements ahead of the paving schedule.

The repaving project is funded through a portion of the three-cent increase to the property tax rate approved by Asheville City Council during the 2013/2014 budget process. One cent of that increase is dedicated exclusively to infrastructure maintenance. Work is anticipated to take place throughout the summer and fall.

The list of streets being repaved during this project can be found below:

Stratford Rd from Windsor Rd to Elmwood Pl
Vermont Ave from Haywood Rd to Davenport Rd
Fairway Dr from Governor’s View to Swannanoa River Rd
Ambler Rd from Gladstone Rd to Governor’s View Rd
Shiloh Rd from Hendersonville Rd to Caribou Rd
Brookwood Ct from Brookwood Rd to end
Cherokee Rd from Mayflower Rd to Bluebriar Rd
Church St from Patton Ave to Hilliard Ave
Swift St from Dover St to Culvern St
Hilliard Ave from Biltmore Ave to Clingman Ave
Sunset Dr from Baird St to new pavement

Leave a Comment June 5, 2014

Dive into the City of Asheville budget with new online collaborative tool

The City of Asheville’s proposed budget is more accessible than ever thanks to a new tool developed in collaboration between the city and the volunteer group Code for Asheville.

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The tool, available at offers an illustrated breakdown of how the city’s revenues and expenditures fit together and gives the public a picture of where the money goes.

“The city’s budget process is probably the most intricate and involved decision City Council makes, and this tool offers the public a chance to see how it all works,” said Dawa Hitch, the city’s Director of Communication & Public Engagement. “We are so appreciative of the efforts of Code for Asheville in making this happen.”

The success of the budget tool rose out of a Code Across Asheville meeting in February in which the volunteer group of local developers, designers and self-described “data geeks,” expressed enthusiasm for finding opportunities to utilize City of Asheville open data to increase the public’s access to information.

Code for Asheville worked closely with an interdepartmental city government team that provided information on typical resident inquiries and the data necessary to develop the tool.

“Publicly available data is a fantastic resource, and groups like Code for Asheville show what can happen when the community jumps in and provides solutions to presenting that data,” said Scott Barnwell, the city’s Business & Public Technology Manager. “Those folks deserve a lot of credit for making this a reality.”

Asheville City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2014/2015 budget at its June 10 meeting, with a final vote on June 24.

Find out more about Code for Asheville at

Leave a Comment June 3, 2014

Capt. Bowen’s named added to Buncombe County memorial

BowenAsheville Fire Department Captain Jeff Bowen, who died in the line of duty during a 2011 fire, was honored Saturday, June 2 in a ceremony at the Buncombe County Courthouse.

Capt. Bowen’s name was added to a memorial stone located outside the courthouse dedicated to emergency personnel who have lost their lives in the service of protecting others.

AFD Deputy Chief Michael Knisely and Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by family, friends, fellow firefighters and other emergency responders.

Capt. Bowen’s name is the 19th to be added to the memorial. See pictures from the dedication below.

Click here for more on Capt. Bowen and tributes to his sacrifice.


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Leave a Comment June 2, 2014

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