How To Show Your Support For Jettie Rae's

Jettie Rae’s is heading to Planning & Zoning for review and approval. After that, it’s on to City Council! We’ve heard from our friends and neighbors that they welcome this new restaurant and community concept in the River Arts District…but our city leaders need to hear from you, too!

Right now, we are fighting against rumors and misinformation. We need your help.

Voice Your Support Now

In August and September (especially before September 4), we urge you to contact City Council and let them know you would like to see Jettie Rae’s—the restaurant and its free accessible space and amenities—come to life in the RAD.

Here’s how you can voice your support for the project in 2 minutes or less!

  1. Download these easy-to-use templates to help you voice your support.

  2. Call or email City Council using these templates.

  3. All the contact information you need is right there on the template. No need to dig!

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Some reasons to voice your support…use these when you contact City Council!

Restaurant and community concept highlights:

  • preserving and activating green space along the river

  • built behind the floodline

  • small restaurant with counter service and seating downstairs, deck view seating upstairs

  • public bathrooms, open air pavilion and green space as well as the greenway sidewalk along the river that are free and accessible to all -- this is a big need in this area!

  • safe, inclusive space for everyone

  • accessible to public transit and river --you can literally walk, bicycle, kayak or take the bus to the restaurant

  • fresh seafood

  • quality sourced ingredients

  • restaurant built from sustainable and recycled material

  • all Asheville local team behind the project, including people with strong experience on the RAD TIP project

Want to go the extra mile? Ask 2 friends to do the same.

Sitting around after dinner? Write a quick email or leave a voicemail for City Council. Hanging out with friends over coffee? Jot that email or call together as a group.

With your quick message of support to City Council, we can transform this piece of land into a safe, accessible, and fun green space on the river, with a small footprint seafood restaurant and a place where everyone in Asheville can enjoy themselves.

Important Dates:

P & Z Meeting (Planning & Zoning) - open to the public, Wednesday September 4 at 5pm

144 Riverside Drive is currently an impacted site with an existing, unusable concrete pad. We’ll keep the project environmentally friendly by turning the existing concrete pad into parking for Jettie Rae’s, and the size of the restaurant intentionally small (building up, not out) to maximize activated green open space.

144 Riverside Drive is currently an impacted site with an existing, unusable concrete pad. We’ll keep the project environmentally friendly by turning the existing concrete pad into parking for Jettie Rae’s, and the size of the restaurant intentionally small (building up, not out) to maximize activated green open space.


Show your support for Jettie Rae’s!

Below you’ll find a template to help you email or call (or both!) Asheville City Council to voice your support for Jettie Rae’s. Voicing your support only takes 2 minutes of your time, and will help this project come to life!

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EMAIL/PHYSICAL MAIL TEMPLATE

Where to snail mail:

Asheville City Council

P.O. Box 733

Asheville, NC 28802

 

Where to email:

AshevilleNCCouncil@ashevillenc.gov

 

Individual City Council member contacts:

Mayor Esther Manheimer
828-259-5600
esthermanheimer@avlcouncil.com

Vice Mayor & Councilwoman Gwen Wisler
828-333-1767
gwenwisler@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Brian Haynes
828-619-1776
brianhaynes@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Vijay Kapoor
828-424-7773
vijaykapoor@avlcouncil.com

Councilwoman Julie Mayfield
(828) 271-4544
juliemayfield@avlcouncil.com

Councilwoman Sheneika Smith
704-401-9104
sheneikasmith@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Keith Young
(828) 407-1181
keithyoung@avlcouncil.com

 

[Your address]

Asheville, NC [ZIP]

[Date]

Dear Asheville City Council, 

I am writing to share my support as an Asheville citizen for the Jettie Rae’s restaurant project proposed for 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District.

Small, locally-owned businesses are crucial to Asheville’s identity and future, and alongside of all the work being done to invest in the RAD, Jettie Rae’s would be a perfect addition to the area. With the restaurant’s pavilion and green space open to the public, a safe and welcoming area for people to enjoy the French Broad and take a food break while exploring the RAD will be a real benefit to people living in or visiting the area.

[Insert any other reasons you love and support the project!]

Eric Scheffer and Jim Diaz are both valued members of the Asheville community, and they have expressed their commitment to furthering RiverLink’s mission to take care of the river and Asheville’s natural beauty while adding another enticing reason for people to come down and support the RAD.

As City Council plans to meet and decide on the conditional zoning change that Jettie Rae’s has applied for, I wanted to make sure you knew that myself along with many others are strongly in support of this project and hope you approve the change.

Thank you so much for your time.

 

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your phone number]

[Your email]

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PHONE: City clerk at 828-259-5601 or reach out to a specific councilmember using the contact info above.

I am calling to share my strong support as an Asheville citizen for the Jettie Rae’s restaurant project proposed for 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District.

Jettie Rae’s would be a welcome addition to the RAD, providing a place where we can enjoy the river and eat fresh seafood, and I appreciate that the space will be open to the public. Eric Scheffer and Jim Diaz are both valued members of the Asheville community, and I know they will further RiverLink’s mission to protect the river and educate the community about its importance.

[Insert any other reasons you support the project!]

As the City Council meets to decide approving the conditional zoning request, I wanted to make sure you knew that I am strongly in support of this project and hope you approve the change.

Thank you so much for your time.

 

Catherine Campbell