D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville
M2017.12

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Housing Authority of the City of Asheville
ID
M2017.12
Date [inclusive]
1940-2014
Extent
165.0 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains documents, photographs, drawings, maps, photographs, and video cassette
Location Note
See finding aids for individual parts for location of materials
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records, Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina Asheville

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Historical Note

The records of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville were acquired by UNC Asheville in July 2007, and Asheville City Council approved legal transfer of the material files and photographs on October 16, 2007. Between 2008 and 2015, additional materials were acquired from the Housing Authority.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains administrative records for the Redevelopment Commission of Asheville, as well as the official records of Housing Authority of the City of Asheville [HACA]. The records primarily pertain to several significant redevelopment projects undertaken in Asheville from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s, but records related to other smaller development and redevelopment projects, including those administered by the Housing Authority in its capacity as Redevelopment Commission for the City of Asheville, are also included.

The records generally include standard planning and development documents such as project area maps, surveys of the existing structures in the project area, redevelopment plans, appraisal reports, and ownership data. Also included are general project administrative documents such as correspondence, contracts, reports, news clippings, and summary documents. For several projects, records of acquisition, disposal, or rehabilitation of individual parcels, as well as the relocation of individual occupants are included.

Photographs of some properties and projects are included, as are publications related to urban renewal in Asheville and other areas,

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into the following structure, based on the original order of the files as they were received from the City of Asheville:

  • Redevelopment Commission Files and Housing Authority General Administrative Files [Part 1]
  • Housing Authority Rehabilitation Assistance Program Records and Social Services Case Files [Part 2]
  • Asheville Downtown Commercial Complex [Part 3]
  • Civic Redevelopment Files [Part 4]
  • Redevelopment Commission Files [Part 5]
  • East End/Valley Street Project Files [Part 6] East Riverside Project Files [Part 7]
  • Montford Project Files [Part 8]
  • Head of Montford [Part 9]
  • South Pack Square and Pack Place Files [Part 10]
  • Pack Plaza Files [Part 11]
  • Other Projects and Programs [Part 12]
  • Photographic Media and Video
  • Publications

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504
828.251.6645
speccoll@unca.edu

Access

The collection is open for research. Certain confidential information has been redacted. Any copyright interest in materials contained within this collection have not been transferred to UNC Asheville and therefore remain with the original copyright holders or their descendants as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff, students and volunteers, 2007 to 2017. See individual parts for specific processing information.

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Collection Inventory

Part 1 - Administrative Files 1950-2014 

Contents

Contains administrative records from the Redevelopment Commission and the Asheville Housing Authority.

Boxes 1-6, 149 and OS1 

Part 2 - AHA Rehabilitation Assistance Program Files and Social Services Case Files 1984-1990 

Contents

Contains records from the Rehabilitation Assistance Program [Boxes 7-10] and Social Services [Box 11]

Boxes 7-11 

Part 3 - Asheville Downtown Commercial Complex Project Files 1985-1990 

Contents

Materials related to the unsuccessful efforts to build an urban mall complex in an 11-city block area in downtown Asheville

Boxes 12-15, and OS1 

Part 4 - Civic Redevelopment Files 1960-1975 

Contents

Materials related to NC R-13 Civic Redevelopment Project, which covered an area north and west of City-County Plaza

Boxes 16-21 

Part 5 - Redevelopment Commission Files 1956-1990 

Contents

Materials related to:

  • The Urban Renewal Commission [1956-58]
  • The Redevelopment Commission [1960-1968]
  • Downtown redevelopment projects including:
    • South Pack Square [1994]
    • The Eagle/Market Street Neighborhood & Economic Development Project [1978]
    • The Haywood/Wall Street Redevelopment Project [1985-86]
    • The Biltmore Avenue Acquisition Project [1984]

Boxes 22-26 

Part 6 - East End/Valley Street Project Files 1971-1980 

Contents

Administrative files, documents, photographs, property assessments, acquisition files, disposition files, and relocation documents related to the East End/Valley Street Project

Boxes 27-47, 148, OS1, and Map Drawer 

Part 7 - East Riverside Project Files 1965-1988 

Contents

Administrative files, documents, photographs, property assessments, acquisition files, disposition files, maps, grant and loan documents, legal documents, and relocation documents related to the East Riverside Project

Boxes 48-119, 147, and Map Drawer 

Part 8 - Montford Project Files 1987-1993 

Contents

Materials related to the acquisition, relocation, limited demolition, rehabilitation, and redevelopment of the Hill-Cherry Street neighborhood of the Montford area of Asheville.

Boxes 120 and 121 

Part 9 - Head of Montford Project Files 1982-1995 

Contents

Administrative files and other documents related to the Housing Authority's role in the Head of Montford Project. The scope of Part 9 is closely related to that of Part 8

Boxes 122-126 

Part 10 - South Pack Square and Pack Place Files 1982-1993 

Contents

Administrative files, photographs, reports, and other documents related to the South Pack Square Redevelopment Plan, and a smaller number of materials covering the Pack Place development

Boxes 127 and 128 

Part 11 - Pack Plaza Files 1969-1992 

Contents

Administrative files, plans, acquisition files , and other documents related to the Pack Plaza Redevelopment Project

Boxes 129 and 130 

Part 12 - Other Projects and Programs 1950-2011 

Contents

Administrative files, contracts, drawings, reports, acquisition files, and other documents related to:

  • NC 7-1A: HACA Offices
  • NC 7-4: Hillcrest Apartments
  • NC 7-5: Erskine-Walton
  • NC 7-6: Aston Park Towers Airport Projects Bridge Projects
  • NC R-13 and NC 7-13 Community Projects Other Projects and Streetworks

Boxes 131-146 

Photographic Media and Video 1960-1988 

Contents

Contains prints, transparencies, negatives, and a video, of HACA Urban Renewal projects

Boxes 150-153 

Publications 1940-2005 

Contents

Publications covering urban renewal and development, both locally and nationally, including studies, policies, and ordinances.

Boxes 154-171