A few years ago, residents of Asheville and Buncombe County voted in favor of bonds that would fund affordable housing projects. As of October 2022, Asheville had spent about $18.5 million of that amount and completed 403 affordable units. Its goal is to build or repair 2,750 affordable units by 2030. But it’s not an easy task for developers, who face hurdles in acquiring land and dealing with city regulations and infrastructure.
Many artists, service workers in restaurants and bars, and police officers cannot afford to live in Asheville Affordable Tree Men, where rents and home prices are high and homes are small. That’s why the city and county have a special housing trust that makes low-interest loans to developers. But developers still have a hard time making the numbers work, said Barry Bialik, owner of the Thirsty Monk pub downtown.
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