Sylva leaders cheer affordable housing proposal

fr housingSylva’s leaders are applauding a plan to build a new apartment complex across the road from Harris Hospital as a step toward addressing the town’s long-standing shortage of housing that’s affordable to workers on the low end of the income scale.

Haywood leaders asked to endorse Waynesville library renovation

haywoodPreparation and planning for a $6 million renovation and expansion of the Waynesville library have been playing out behind the scenes for more than a year, laying critical groundwork in advance of a community fundraising campaign that’s about to go public.

Plan advances to convert old hospital to affordable lofts

haywoodHaywood County commissioners will hold a public hearing next Monday on whether to give away the “old hospital” to a developer who will turn it into an affordable apartment complex.

Numbers down at animal shelter, but space still doesn’t add up

fr animalshelterOn paper, the case for a new, bigger Haywood County Animal Shelter is hard to justify.

Capital priorities get sorted in Jackson

fr jacksonbuildingThe animal shelter and health department are in, and the swimming pool and Green Energy Park expansion are out, Jackson County commissioners decided in a wide-ranging discussion of capital improvement priorities recently.

SCC, DOT and road contractor debate who should fix damage to campus building

fr roadA three-way finger-pointing contest over cracks in Southwestern Community College’s biggest building — and their relation to construction work on the R-5000 connector road project — could result in a lawsuit if the parties involved aren’t able to decide who should pay to fix it.

New EMS base to create centralized public safety campus in Haywood

fr EMSA comprehensive public safety campus is coming into shape in Haywood County with the construction of a new EMS and emergency management headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.

Jackson looks to future government space needs

haywoodJackson County is moving ahead with an effort to free up more space in its Health Department.

Looking toward the future: Master planning process starts for SCC’s Webster campus

fr sccplanSouthwestern Community College is in the business of dreaming big as it works through the preliminary stages of a master plan to guide its development over the next five to 10 years. 

‘Ingles on the Hill’ poised for $7.5 million construction project

fr inglesbuildA major expansion and renovation of the Ingles grocery store on Russ Avenue in Waynesville is finally imminent.

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