City of Asheville Provides Update on Sale of Ramada to Shangri-La Industries, Inc.

The goal of creating a new site for permanent supportive housing in Asheville is one step closer to completion.

On Friday, the City of Asheville announced that Shangri-La Industries, Inc.’s purchase of the Ramada was finalized on Thursday, September 15. The property, located at 148 River Ford Parkway, will create approximately 100 units to help people get out of homelessness. in Ashville. Shangri-La has partnered with nonprofit Step Up on Second Street, Inc., to manage the property and provide on-site support services to new residents once renovations are complete.

“Housing ends homelessness, and ending homelessness is our #1 goal,” said Emily Ball, City of Asheville Homelessness Strategy Division Manager. “We are thrilled to welcome an experienced partner into our community’s homeless service system and grateful that this new solution is coming soon.”

Next steps

Final design work is currently underway to convert the hotel rooms into studio apartments. Over the next few months, renovations will begin and temporary security fencing will be installed during construction. Once construction is complete, Step Up will staff the site with at least 6 case managers and two property managers to provide comprehensive services to tenants.

“We are thrilled to partner with the City to provide much-needed permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable population,” said Andy Meyers, CEO of Shangri-La Industries. “This project will provide homeless people in Asheville with the opportunity to have a safe place to call home.”

A commitment to reduce homelessness

This project supports the City’s priority to reduce homelessness in Asheville. Permanent supportive housing is an approach that provides apartments for homeless people along with on-site support to ensure success.

On December 14, 2021, City Council approved $1.5M to fund the first three years of support services, making this project possible.

“Our team is committed to working with partners and the community to provide evidence-based interventions to homeless people in Asheville,” said Nikki Reid, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Asheville. “We are increasing our staff and are now recruiting three additional positions to meet this critical need.”

This project, along with Homeward Bound’s Tunnel Road project, means that about 185 new permanent supportive housing units will be available in the coming months for people who are currently homeless.

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