- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Asheville City Council has voted unanimously to establish a plan to preserve historic buildings in the city and in Buncombe County.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1iea1aK) the council voted 7-0 to adopt the Historic Preservation Master Plan.

In recommending the plan, Historic Resources Commission Director Stacy Merten said old buildings, particularly those downtown, are important culturally, economically and even environmentally.

Asheville’s old buildings, and the fact that many weren’t knocked down after the Great Depression, are credited in part for reviving the city in the 1990s.

While the plan, adopted on Tuesday. does not include new restrictions, it does recommend that the city move toward new rules. Those would include that the process for knocking down a building downtown would include a recommendation from the historic resources commission.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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