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Please share your feedback on the Thomas Wolfe Cabin site concept plans.

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After viewing concept 1, what is your impression? Please provide your feedback.

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After viewing concept 2, what is your impression? Please provide your feedback.

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Do you have a preference for one of these alternatives over the other?

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Concept 1 34.5% 10
Concept 2 65.5% 19

If you prefer one concept over the other, why?

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What types of amenities would you and your respective families, groups, organizations use on the site?

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What would you add to these plans if you could?

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Have you visited the site recently? If so, what were your impressions?

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What other information or ideas regarding this site would you like the planners to be aware of?

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August 13, 2019, 7:35 AM
  • After viewing concept 1, what is your impression? Please provide your feedback.
    Preserves original structure which is valuable for historical purposes.
  • After viewing concept 2, what is your impression? Please provide your feedback.
    Original cabin must be preserved, not removed, as part of this process.
  • Do you have a preference for one of these alternatives over the other?
    • Concept 1
  • If you prefer one concept over the other, why?
    Preservation and historical interpretation of concept 1 is in keeping with the spirit of the space.
  • What types of amenities would you and your respective families, groups, organizations use on the site?
    Group meeting or event space. The use seems pretty narrowly defined for writers so I am not sure I would favor this space for recreation above existing spaces.
  • What would you add to these plans if you could?
    More parking.Parking is always grossly underestimated and neglected as part of a site plan. I see 10 writers cabins and a lodge, not to mention public use areas. At full capacity 30 spaces will not be enough. I don't know why everyone hates to give cars access to areas where they need access, but it is the most ridiculous and infuriating situation for users who are clearly going to drive to this location.
  • Have you visited the site recently? If so, what were your impressions?
    No.
  • What other information or ideas regarding this site would you like the planners to be aware of?
    No response.
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Master Plan Alternative Site Concept 1

Description of rendering:

  • The driveway entrance is relocated to a safer, more visible point on Azalea Road.
  • Limited parking is developed on site, below the top of the hill.
  • The Thomas Wolfe Cabin is restored and preserved; access is carefully managed.
  • A restored “historic woodland” enhances the setting immediately around the Cabin.
  • Public trail connections are added from the Cabin area to other portions of Azalea Park, to the east (pond, dog park) and west.
  • New cabins may be developed to support a “writers’ retreat” facility and other compatible programming.
  • A new Lodge building (flexible use common space) for the retreat occupies the footprint of the existing 1970s cabin, to support the retreat program and other public uses such as meetings or small events.
  • Additional flexible uses are accommodated with an open-air pavilion and tent lawn.
  • The now-vanished treehouse that Wolfe visited is reconstructed.

Master Plan Alternative Site Concept 2  

Concept 2 is similar to Concept 1, with the following differences:

 

  • The new Lodge building (flexible use common space) for the retreat and other public uses is an entirely new building located northwest of the Cabin, on an existing knoll, and is larger than in Alternative 1. The 1970s cabin is removed.
  • The open-air pavilion and tent lawn are located differently than in Alternative 1.
  • The restored “historic woodland” element is larger than in Alternative 1.

For more information on this project, contact:

Stacy Merten, Project Manager

Asheville Department of  Planning and Urban Design

828-259-5836

smerten@ashevillenc.gov


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