Dear Asheville City Council: I understand that there is a proposal to have one or more drive-thru restaurants on the former Deal Buick lot, site of the Harris Teeter project on Merrimon Avenue.
This is a bad idea! Merrimon Avenue cannot support any more drive-thru restaurants. The traffic already is a nightmare! The Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's projects should not have been approved without widening Merrimon Avenue, putting in dedicated bike lanes and putting the utilities underground.
Please do not approve any more new construction until a plan is in place to fix Merrimon. Bike lanes, underground utilities, ADA accessibility and safety needs to be planned as part of any more construction on Merrimon Avenue.
— Mike J. Zukoski