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Despite the Defeat of the State Slope Bill, Local Leaders Press On

Monday, May 11th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Commission Chairman David Gantt says he’s very disappointed the General Assembly did not approve legislation this session to regulate steep slope development.

But he says the county won’t fail to act. Gantt says in the coming months, he hopes to assemble a group of builders, developers, landowners and environmentalists to come up with a Buncombe County standard that will be a model for the rest of the mountains. Mars Hill Representative Ray Rapp’s Safe Artificial Slope Act faced opposition from the building and real estate industries, and lawmakers who worried it would hurt the mountain economy. Rapp says he hopes to re-introduce it next year.

Biltmore Park Town Square Welcomes New Restaurants

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore Farms LLC and Crosland LLC welcome Travinia Italian Kitchen and Cold Stone Creamery – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to Western North Carolina’s mixed-use destination, Biltmore Park Town Square. Travinia Italian Kitchen brings its upscale Italian dining and catering to North Carolina for the first time. Asheville diners will enjoy extensive pasta, steak and seafood offerings accompanied by a wide selection of specialty martinis and wines at casual dining prices.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. While most dinner menu selections are served all day, a variety of sandwiches and wraps are added to the lunch menu to cater to the daytime crowd. The 6,423 square foot restaurant will open fall 2009 near the Regal® Biltmore Grande Stadium 15.

“Asheville already has such a rich culinary tradition,” said Charles Thrift, senior leasing associate for Crosland. “We think that Travinia Italian Kitchen is a great addition to the restaurant scene, and Cold Stone – Rocky Mountain adds a quick family-friendly convenient option for shoppers and residents.”

Travinia is currently operating in Greenville, Columbia, Lexington and Myrtle Beach, S.C., but the Biltmore Park Town Square location is the restaurant’s first venture outside its home state. “We chose to expand to Biltmore Park Town Square because Asheville is such a thriving scene for the restaurant industry, and we feel with its variety of uses, this development will attract a wide array of consumers,” said Mark Craig, Travinia Italian Kitchen owner.

Cold Stone Creamery – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will offer treats to satisfy any sweet tooth. This is the first co-branded store of its kind on the east coast. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in the store and served with a variety of mix-in toppings. Customers select a Creamery flavor, such as Sweet Cream, Mint, Cake Batter or Chocolate, then choose from an extensive list of candy, nut and fruit mix-ins. Every ice cream and mix-in combination is considered a creation, and the signature process of combining the ingredients before the customer on a frozen granite stone completes “The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience.”

The retailer will also offer a collection of premium chocolates and confectionary products found in Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stores across the nation. Customers can enjoy candy by the box, homemade fudge and caramel and an extensive selection of candied apples. The store will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-10 p.m. Sun. The 1,240 square foot eatery will open in early summer 2009 near University of Phoenix®.

“We have been looking forward to opening this store in Biltmore Park for some time. We cannot wait to introduce Cold Stone Creamery – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to south Asheville” remarked Chad Eads. He and Stacy Eads are local franchisors who operate three stores in Asheville and the Greenville, S.C. area. They have lived in Arden for three years.

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Cold Stone Creamery – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory join Biltmore Park Town Square’s other distinctive eateries, 131 Main Restaurant (6,724-sq. ft.), BrixxTM Wood Fired Pizza Oven (3,882 sq. ft.) which are scheduled to open in spring 2009, and P.F. Chang’s® (6,640 sq. ft.) which opened in December 2008 to rave reviews.

“It is crucial that we provide a variety of high quality dining choices and price points for the many office users, residents and shoppers in Biltmore Park Town Square. These operators provide a wonderful combination of local, regional and national restaurants,” said Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms President.

Biltmore Park Town Square is a $204 million mixed-use regional destination in south Asheville, located at Interstate-26 and Long Shoals Road. Ideally situated between downtown Asheville and Hendersonville, the complex offers national stores in addition to shops that are unique to the region. The 42-acre master plan includes 283,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and restaurants, 270,000 square feet of Class-A office space, a 165-room Hilton Hotel, and an urban residential component comprised of approximately 274 Class-A apartments, condominiums and townhomes, now selling and leasing. Offering the area’s only prime, mixed-use space for lease, Biltmore Park Town Square is a joint venture between Biltmore Farms and Crosland. Inspired by New Urbanism principles, this progressive, one-of-a-kind development honors the tradition of its surroundings while adding energy and excitement to the community. For more information, visit www.biltmorepark.com.

Rose Hill Plantation in Northwest Asheville Opens Sales Center

Friday, March 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Rose Hill Plantation is a single-family gated community, a thoughtfully planned ‘Healthy Living Community’ conveniently located in Northwest Asheville just minutes from the City’s downtown. From the ground-up, the community is dedicated to fostering an invigorating, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle for active adults who are 50 plus. The enclave of 103 single-family detached-homes is nestled into a pristine parcel of land and surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Of the community’s 58 acres, more than 40 acres are in a conservation easement that includes dedicated trails and gardens. Taking its lead from the surrounding beauty, Rose Hill Plantation offers the chance to preserve the allure of the mountains and contribute to the sustainable quality of life in the Asheville area.

The Sales Center at Rose Hill Plantation is now open and new homes and models may be previewed, as well as the Club House and walking trails. Opening this June is a unique “Green Showcase Model Home” — where homebuyers can preview green friendly upgrades that can be added to any new home prior to construction.

Rose Hill Plantation’s sales office is open seven days a week and is located at 3041 Leicester Hwy. (Hwy. 63) Leicester, NC 28748. Telephone: 828.337.2212 or online at www.rosehillplantation.net.

Homes at Rose Hill Plantation are priced from the low $300s to the $400s. The cottage-style homes range from approximately 1387 to 2100 square feet and offer two and three bedrooms with garages and some have the capability of a finished lower level. The homes offer a maintenance-free environment within a lock-and-leave setting in a gated community, providing the advantages of a condominium lifestyle while retaining the privacy of a single family home.

Rose Hill Plantation’s sustainable features are alternative power choices, a rainwater collection program, energy efficient appliances, and hands-on activity programs. Amenities include: a community garden, more than 40 acres of natural habitat that also provide a natural animal habitat; a stocked pond; wildflower and herb gardens; a saline swimming pool; a tennis court, fitness center and club house, and a Healthy Living Manager to help plan community events.

For more information or call: 828.337.2212 or online at: www.rosehillplantation.net.

The Hilton Asheville at Biltmore Park Town Square Goes "Solar"

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Warm weather, sunny evenings, vacations, and open windows are all aspects of summer that we are eagerly anticipating. As cabin fever sets in, we can add one more summer excitement to our list: The Hilton Asheville at Biltmore Park Town Square.

The new Hilton at Biltmore Park Town Square will be far more than a hotel and conference center; it will also be a leader in sustainable design, setting new standards for environmental consciousness and green building practices. At Biltmore Park Town Square, the buildings are more than just locations for premier condos, apartments, townhomes, retailers and offices–they are a way of life.

The Hilton Asheville, in tune with the community’s focus on quality of life, is the first Hilton hotel to utilize a large-scale solar hot water system, and it will be the largest system in the Western North Carolina region to date. The solar panels will provide 2,000 gallons of hot water to the hotel every day, and it will eliminate 60 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. As a complement to the solar water system, all guest and public rooms will feature low-flow toilets, shower heads, and sink fixtures, reducing normal water usage by up to 30%. The steps that the Hilton is taking to provide its guests with the highest quality and healthiest experience possible will also culminate in the equivalent of planting 18,000 trees a year.

The Hilton’s green design is further supported by its location. With residential, retail, and office space all within walking distance, guests at the Hilton have everything they need for business, dining, health, and recreation in an arm’s reach, which reduces pollution from frequent driving.

hotel will also feature a shuttle service, recycling program, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and local services. Biltmore Park Town Square is where going green meets luxury, and the Hilton strives to be the epitome of both. For an unparalleled hotel experience or an idyllic event venue, consider the Hilton Asheville, where you will receive unbeatable service and experience a new quality of life.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Opening Soon at Biltmore Park

Monday, March 9th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – As construction continues at Biltmore Park Town Square, the larger Asheville area is feeling the mounting excitement as more and more tenants move in to the sustainable, New Urbanism development. The condominiums, apartments, and townhomes are poised to be the next big thing for Asheville, NC, real estate. The excitement for the growing activity in this Biltmore Farms Community, however, is not just limited to one area. As a mixed-use development, the town center is also welcoming new office and retail tenants, one of which is Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.

Set to open next month, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza will be a wonderful addition to South Asheville. They have a great neighborhood atmosphere and offer a menu full of signature dishes, from sandwiches and salads to pasta and desserts. Of course, as their name implies, the restaurant is best known for its pizza. They offer a variety of unique choices including pesto portebello, barbeque chicken, and the more traditional americano pizza. Of course, you just can’t have pizza without wine or beer to wash it down, and Brixx has a generous selection for both. And with hours stretching into the night, the restaurant is the perfect place for night owls.

Patrons may be interested to know why Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is such a great fit for Biltmore Park Town Square. Going beyond serving delicious food, the restaurant also works towards improving the community they serve by recycling, using locally-grown ingredients when possible, and sponsoring charitable community events, including those at the YMCA, one of their new neighbors.

If all of this sounds great, you may also want to consider working at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. In anticipation of their grand opening, they are currently hiring staff. With such a wonderful environment, Brixx could be a perfect match for you. If you or someone you know may be interested in working in fun-filled and laid back atmosphere, call 828-681-0877 for more information.

Biltmore to Open Antler Hill Village in Spring 2010

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Antler Hill Winery Village

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Biltmore Company, which operates the National Historic Landmark Biltmore in Asheville, has announced that it will break ground on a new guest attraction, Antler Hill Village. Located adjacent to the Winery and River Bend Farm on its grounds, the area will be open to guests as part of daily admission to Biltmore. This pedestrian-friendly village, opening spring 2010, will become a center of activity that joins two historically significant and popular attractions at Biltmore.

Antler Hill Village will expand current guest offerings at the estate and include a new exhibition space, village green with live entertainment, dining, shopping and a new outdoor adventure center. As part of this project, Biltmore Winery will be enhanced to offer a newly designed tour and tasting areas. The existing interpretive farm area with historic barn, kitchen garden and farmyard will be incorporated as well. Estimated cost of this project is $18.6 million.

"We are pleased to announce this exciting new guest experience at Biltmore," said William A.V. Cecil Jr., CEO of The Biltmore Company. "This area of the estate has become a fun location for outdoor activities, and one that is rich with agricultural history. At Antler Hill Village, guests will learn even more about our family’s interest in agriculture and the outdoors, as well as my great-grandfather’s legacy of making Biltmore self-sustaining."

George Vanderbilt called the hill overlooking the village area Antler Hill. The area where the village will be located was a hub for the estate employees to interact socially with dances, harvest fairs and classes in the evenings.

"This area has a history of hospitality and entertaining," said Cecil. "With the creation of Antler Hill Village, we will draw from this history and offer guests a more contemporary experience of today’s Biltmore."

The company consulted on this project with PGAV Destination Consulting, a nationally recognized master planning, architecture and design firm for many leading museums, historic properties and attractions. PGAV’s clients include the Georgia Aquarium, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitors Center. The general contractor is PCL Construction Services, Inc., with NC headquarters in Charlotte, NC. PCL is a commercial buildings contractor with a specialized division that manages attraction-based construction, having worked for clients such as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Disney.