e1ce6dd8-fc03-439c-87df-36e38e6608cc-library_hallway(Asheville Citizen-Times)  The walkway connecting the former Civic Center parking deck to Haywood Street will now only be open during Pack Memorial Library’s business hours, according to notices posted by Buncombe County.  The change is “in the interest of public safety,” the notice said. “Following multiple instances of library staff coming in to trash and disarray, as well as vandalism, the safety and security of the public and our library employees is at the heart of the decision.”

Buncombe County owns the walkway, which also serves as the entrance to Pack Memorial Library, while the parking deck is city property. Commonly referred to as the Civic Center parking deck, its formal name is the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Garage.  In daytime hours as well as after library closing, the walkway has become a popular place for people experiencing homelessness to gather, find shelter from the elements and sleep.

Read the full article by Elizabeth Anne Brown HERE>