Wetland to replace Asheville tobacco warehouse

Courtesy: AbeEzekowitz

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Asheville officials say they will use part of a $50 million city infrastructure project in the River Arts District to replace a tobacco barn with a constructed wetland.

The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/1WKWnNc ) reported Monday that the city is acquiring Planters Tobacco Warehouse and it will use that land to build one of two wetlands. The other wetland will sit on the opposite side of the Craven Street bridge.

Stormwater plan reviewer for the city Nancy Watford says the wetlands will catch silt and reduce the impact on the city’s stormwater system.

She also says the wetlands will be designed to be more aesthetically pleasing than a typical wetland.

Construction of the wetlands will begin in 2017.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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