ur own Jim Diaz, along with partner Brian Barwick are closing in on the final stages of Phase I of their redevelopment of the Beacham’s Curve area of West Asheville. In the past year, OWL Bakery, Pizza Mind and most recently, Archetype Brewing have opened their businesses in the beautifully reimagined buildings at 265, 285 & 295 Haywood Road. They are currently working on the last Tenant Up-Fit for Gan Shan West, the newest addition to the neighborhood. Diaz and Barwick are proud to have Gan Shan join their community of established, local businesses.
Diaz and Barwick are now finalizing the designs and pre-development permitting for Phase II of their redevelopment project. Phase II involves the construction of 10 mixed-use buildings. The design of the buildings are meant to honor the history and tradition of much of the architecture throughout West Asheville. The Mardis building, home to King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffle, WHIST Greetings & Gifts, and Second Gear is one example of a West Asheville building that has inspired their building designs.
Just west of Mountain Valley Water, five, two-story, zero-lot-line buildings are planned. On the other side of Archetype Brewing (heading toward the RAD), five similar, but slightly smaller buildings are planned. All 10 buildings will be made available for sale. The pedestrian oriented buildings will provide a hot commodity for West Asheville – plenty of parking. Each unit will have 2 exclusive parking spaces and there will be a shared surface lot, accessible from all of the buildings that are part of the Beacham’s Curve development.
The Haywood Road Form-Based (Zoning) Code allows for a myriad of commercial and residential uses, giving buyers of these buildings endless potential for how they can use them. Developers Diaz and Barwick imagine some owners may choose to put their retail business or office on the first floor of their building and live above on the second floor. Or, they could occupy the entire building for a residential use. The flexibility of use for the buildings, in such a hot and up-and-coming area provides an excellent investment opportunity for owner-occupants or investors.
Phase III of the Beacham’s Curve Redevelopment plan rounds out the vision for the entire project with the construction of new workforce housing. Two, three-story, twelve-unit apartment buildings will be constructed behind the Western mixed-use buildings.
Adhering to new urbanist principles, this project represents one of Asheville’s best examples of urban in-fill. Developers Diaz and Barwick have received positive feedback from the community as they are revitalizing a neighborhood and hitting all of the desirable highlights along the way; adaptive re-use of existing buildings, creating density in the city, designing pedestrian-oriented mixed-use buildings and providing affordable and attainable housing for the community.