Contact Asheville officials: Urge them to sell land to diocese
The Diocese of Charlotte wants to purchase the city-owned property across the street from the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville. The diocese hopes to complement the basilica, by building a plaza out toward the street, with smaller buildings at the rear of the plaza. McKibbon Hotel Group also wants to purchase that property. McKibbon wants to build a hotel. City officials are considering whether to sell the site to McKibbon or to the diocese.
Two issues to consider are:
First, it is nearly unconscionable to allow our very beautiful basilica to be overshadowed, diminished or blocked by a hotel. Also, of importance is the fact that our downtown hotels are presently at less than 63 percent occupancy.
Second, although Catholics are a minority in western North Carolina, the Catholic Church has made many significant contributions to Asheville. In 1900 the Church opened a tuberculosis sanitarium (which later became St. Joseph's Hospital). The Church gave us Sisters of Mercy urgent care centers, Catholic Social Services, and many churches and schools. Also of note, the Church has always been a good steward of its properties. Allowing the Church to purchase the property that is basically in its own front yard is simply the right thing to do.
Anne Fitzgerald Smith lives in Asheville.
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Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy