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12/28/2012 - Kenilworth land to be greenway
by Mark Barrett - Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE -- A developer who seeks to build apartments in Kenilworth is donating 3.36 acres of land in the community for use as a greenway.

The move by Frank Howington's Caledonia LLC was announced today by RiverLink, an environmental group that will receive the donation. RiverLink said the property will connect the neighborhood to the Swannanoa River area.

Neighborhood residents have opposed Howington's plans for apartments on property adjoining Caledonia Road and Finalee Avenue on Kenilworth's south side. Howington previously converted the historic Kenilworth Inn to apartments.

RiverLink's announcement says Howington plans 50 apartments on property adjoining the land he is donating.

"I appreciate that open space and greenway trails are a tremendous amenity for this and every neighborhood and will be a feature for our future development in the area," Howington said in a statement.

RiverLink says it plans to hold a series of meetings with Kenilworth residents in late January to get input on plans and solicit volunteers to help with removing invasive plants and trail development.

The status of Howington's development plans was not immediately clear.

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