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Blue Note Junction

by The Urban News
Blue Note Junction rendering courtesy of Alliance Architecture.

Asheville’s Blue Note Junction will be an economic engine and cultural hub that supports BIPOC makers and entrepreneurs.

Imagine a space that’s vibrant with diversity; bustling with creative local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs; alive with healthy living classes and workshops; and exemplary in its ability to heal, rejuvenate, and uplift entire communities through artistic performances, wellness opportunities, and environmental sustainability.

Blue Note Junction is envisioned to be an entrepreneurial hub that not only supports the health and wealth of the local BIPOC community but promotes the spiritual, emotional, and economic health of the entire city.

Blue Note Junction is taking a new approach to community building by including a variety of diverse functions: an indoor and outdoor performance venue, an outdoor community spa, a fresh market, a garage for Hood Tours, a commercial kitchen, a co-working space, a counseling center, a hair salon and barber shop, an artist studio village, and a Black history tour. It will also include affordable housing: four two-story quadruplexes of 400- to 500-square-foot studios that can be used as live/work spaces.

The Burton Street neighborhood in West Asheville has experienced multiple economic, social, and environmental challenges—with the most recent being a highway expansion that directly impacts this historic community. Couple this with the fact that Black-owned businesses make up just 2.3% of all business ownership nationwide and we’re faced with the unique opportunity to simultaneously uplift a historically African American community and build a platform for cultivating, launching, and supporting Black-owned business—all through a creative commercial real estate model with compounding benefits to the community and surrounding region.

In Asheville’s booming local business landscape, Blue Note Junction is poised to be both a lucrative…

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