Negotiate to sell property opposite Basilica to Diocese of Charlotte.
  • Petitioned City Council of Asheville, North Carolina

This petition was delivered to:

City Council of Asheville, North Carolina

Negotiate to sell property opposite Basilica to Diocese of Charlotte.

    1. Petition by

      Rita Livezey

      Asheville, NC

St. Lawrence has served the Asheville community for over 147 years. The Basilica is a 102 year old structure with magnificent architecture and is an irreplaceable piece of art. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was most recently awarded National Significance.

We believe the Diocese of Charlotte and the Basilica of St. Lawrence should become the steward of the Haywood St. site to protect and preserve the surroundings and the Basilica. The Diocese/Basilica have close relationships with national and international architects and design groups that have a specific expertise in the work of Basilica architect Rafael Guastavino along with the Grove Arcade, and are therefore best qualified to select and co-partner with developers to design the future St. Lawrence Plaza, a landmark status project that will meet the National Historic Site guidelines.

View architectural animation of the proposed plaza at ttp://

View a tour of the Basilica at

We respectfully ask the City Council to think beyond the next 5 – 10 years of speculative, short-term hotel development during which hotel groups such as that hoping to acquire the site will build, sell, and likely move away from Asheville. We hope the Council will instead focus on the legacy we will leave for the next 100 – 500 years with the St. Lawrence Plaza complementing our community and building on our continued attraction to Asheville.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Caldwell ASHEVILLE, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Not only will an open plaza and smaller builsing benefit the Cathedral, it will create a more fluid space offering more foor traffic to Haywood Street and buisnesses on the North side of downtown.

    • Dale Dawson FAIRVIEW, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      This church has a very historical significance to downtown Asheville and is nationally acclaimed for its structure. Please preserve the proper visual access that this National Landmark deserves.

    • Rick Fletcher ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have visited the Basilica and find it to be an architectural treasure. If the Haywood St. site opposite the Basilica were sold to the Diocese, the Basilica would stand a better chance of both being preserved and well-integrated within a historic landmark caliber St. Lawrence project. This type of project could provide as many or more economic benefits to Asheville as another usage of the property, while preserving a unique and beautiful landmark within the city for both residents and tourists to enjoy.

    • Constanza Frank ASHEVILLE, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      To preserve a peaceful surrounding for the church

    • Mary Rogers ARDEN, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      We as a comuunity need to protect our surroundings and I think that the Diocese would be better qualified to decide the development of that area, rather than an outside group who may only be concerned with profit.


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