Built during West Asheville's economic boom of the 1920s, the Bledsoe Building remains a catalyst for economic development on Haywood Road. Though the area faced economic decline as new routes of transportation directed traffic to other areas of the city, the renovation of the Bledsoe Building has helped to revitalize the community. The building was constructed in 1927 by the JT Blesdoe & Company.
Backstory and Context
After the trolley service from East to West Asheville was stopped in 1934, business growth was drastically slowed on Haywood Road. The introduction of the Crosstown Expressway (I-240) in 1960 further diverted the flow of traffic into other parts of the city. The area saw a rapid decline as businesses began to close or relocate. The building traded hands several times from its construction to today, but it was bought by the current owners, West Asheville Development, LLC in 2001. In recent years, the building has been renovated and has become home to a number of new businesses. The building hosts a variety of companies like a grocery store, retail shop, restaurant, and some professional services. Development of the building has been a catalyst for economic development in the community.
Bowers, Sybil Argintar. Bledsoe Building. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. November 08, 2002. Accessed March 19, 2019. https://files.nc.gov/ncdcr/nr/BN1415.pdf.