New Belgium Meeting: November 1st Minutes

The RADBA Executive Committee, as well as boards and leaders of adjacent business and neighborhood associations have been meeting with New Belgium regularly in order to get to share collective concerns and input about the brewery and infrastructural changes.  The minutes from these meetings are public and available on the New Belgium Asheville website under FAQ and Comments and Questions.

Minutes from the meeting: NewBelgiumNeigborhoodMeeting_Nov1_12.

Our next meeting with New Belgium and Neighborhood and Business groups is November 29.  Please send any questions, comments or concerns you would like to see address around New Belgium to RADBusinessAssocation@gmail.com or Matthew Sprouse (msprouse@siteworkstudios.com) by Friday, November 23.

RESULTS OF PAST MEETINGS + COMMUNICATIONS

NEW BELGIUM

TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY: City and New Belgium have initiated a traffic impact analysis.  They envision having a conversation closer to January to talk about the study and community issues.  The city doubled the scope of the analysis due to community input.  Will share scope with this group.

  • City and New Belgium hired Mattern + Craig to do an extensive, expanded scope Traffic Impact Analysis

CONSTRUCTION HIRING: Please hire local.  New Belgium is doing all they can to connect their contractor with local subcontractors and local labor (Green Opportunities).

  • Contractor held meeting with Green Opportunities this week.
  • Adolfson & Peterson http://www.a-p.com/ (New Belgium contractor) held a Subcontractor + Supplier Local Open House (Oct. 30) had about 220 companies represented at The Lift Studios.
  • Subcontractor requirements are here http://www.a-p.com/subcontractor-center/

EDUCATION: There is a level of qualifications for subcontractors that needs to be in place to get hired on this project.  New Belgium and A+P will be holding a number of trainings for OSHA pre-qualifications for those local subcontractors that do not yet have those qualifications.  This enables those who haven’t yet gone through this process able to participate.  Trying to set up first round in December.

CONSTRUCTION MITIGATION: New Belgium is working with the City, Adolfson + Peterson to develop a construction mitigation plan (working hours, dust control, storm water control), then they will share it for feedback with this group

OUTREACH TO THOSE NOT ON WEB: Request Printable Poster to post around town for those who are not on the internet.  First one is here will be updated every couple months: http://www.newbelgium.com/Files/Asheville/Asheville%20poster%2010-2012.pdf

VISITOR VEHICLE ROUTING to SITE: New Belgium/City will work on changing Google address so that GPS and Google map traffic does not route people down residential streets to the brewery

  • Jenn is working on this.  There are some complications about changing the address of the site right now.  There are close to 12 addresses on that site that can’t be changed until the utilities are changed.  This will happen before they open.

LOGISTICS OF MEETING: host meetings at a building that does not lock door.

  • Moved November meeting to FLS Energy Boardroom –special thank you to FLS for sharing their meeting space with the community

NEIGHBORHOOD + BUSINESS GROUPS

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Associations will help get the word out about these conversations as well as updates to the larger community. Associations will offer feedback and hear responses and feasibility at bi-monthly meetings, bring concerns and communicate information back to the community.

  • Sharing information with associations through websites and by posting posters
  • Concerns are being brought to proper people – October 10 Community meeting hosted by EWANA
  • Alternative Truck Route proposed to City of Asheville

NEIGHBORHOOD MASTER PLANS: Marsha Stickford suggested that all the neighborhoods to do master plan process, similar to WeCan (long-term commitment here)

CITY OF ASHEVILLE

TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY: City and New Belgium have initiated a traffic impact analysis.  They envision having a conversation closer to January to talk about the study and community issues.  Doubled the scope of the analysis due to community input.

  • City and New Belgium hired Mattern + Craig to do an extensive, expanded scope Traffic Impact Analysis

OUTREACH: City plans to use off-line communication methods as well (kiosk, phone, leaflets, signs, phone alerts)

  • City collaborated with EWANA to host community meeting about traffic on Haywood Rd. on October 10
  • City responded to Alternative Truck Route

PROJECT MANAGER: City plans to hire a project manager for Craven Street Project.

  • McCray Coates has been recently hired as Project Manager to the Craven Street Project.  Site concerns, please contact McCray at 828.259.5966 or mcoates@ashevillenc.gov

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