Protect the Integrity of Asheville's Historic Districts

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!

Note: If you are not in the 28801 zip code, please edit the location information to the right on this page under your name and email address. Additionally, at the bottom of this page, there is a place for you to comment under "reasons for signing."  While the number of signatures is important, the input of the people signing it — i.e., people taking time to write a message — proves more persuasive than raw numbers. So, please comment.

This petition was created based on the proposed 22-unit apartment complex at 23 Elizabeth Place, in the Montford Historic District. This is the link to the plans that have been presented to the Asheville/Buncombe Historic Resources Commission:

We the undersigned urge you to exercise the highest duty of care in adjudicating on the proposal to build a 19,700 square foot apartment complex in the Montford Historic District.  As citizens across Asheville and Buncombe County, we greatly value the largest historic district in this metropolitan area. Worthy of your best preservation and protection efforts, Montford supports economic development, serves the area’s tourism and enriches the quality of our lives.  

The barest minimum of protecting and preserving Montford demands that you deny a project that brings towering retaining walls (19 feet at the highest point), a 28-foot grade change, and a complex of buildings that dwarfs its neighbors. If you permit destruction of the scale and environment of Elizabeth Place, by establishing precedent, you are putting at grave risk other streets in Montford and all other historic districts.  

During this time of rapid growth and development, use your power to protect and preserve the areas long designated by local, state, and national authorities to be important collections of cultural and architectural resources.

Today: bonnie is counting on you

bonnie gilbert needs your help with “Asheville/Buncombe Historic Resources Commission: Protect the Integrity of Asheville's Historic Districts”. Join bonnie and 538 supporters today.