ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Food Truck Coalition released a statement earlier this week outlining gripes that had some pulling out of The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave. Now it looks like they may have a new home if a new food truck park, complete with a cafe and bar, comes together.
Dean Pistor, broker and co-owner of Realty World Marketplace in Asheville, is setting the stage for the Asheville Food Park. The park, which will provide spaces for four food trucks, several food carts, a produce vendor, bar and a small stage, is projected to open in the spring at 235 Amboy Road, across from Carrier Park.
Currently, there are two buildings on the property, constructed in the ’50s and ’70s by the Banks family, who were once in the moonshine business in the area.
Those buildings and the surrounding area will be renovated to include 3,000 square feet of cold and dry storage, 1,000 square feet of open-roof dining, and a dog-friendly, 1/2-acre park near the creek. Pistor will also provide four truck hook-ups, plus areas for cart and art vending.
The food truck park has been in the development phase for about three months, and Pistor is in the phase-one submittal stage of the project.
Pistor will hold a public meeting at the Grove Arcade conference room, Monday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., to gather feedback before finalizing plans. To attend the meeting, visit Realty World Marketplace at suite 109 in the Grove Arcade for directions to the basement conference room, or follow the signs at the elevators inside the Arcade.
If the project is approved as-is, it will provide amenities food trucks have been missing at The Lot, including a commissary kitchen and cold-storage area. Further, food truck customers will have access to bathrooms, table seating and shelter. The plan is to include several additional services for food truck owners, including utilities, security, trash removal, gray water disposal and marketing.
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