Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights

Asheville NC | Completed 


Exterior view of Maple Crest Apartments at Lee Walker Heights in Asheville, North Carolina. #

Maple Crest Apartments, the first phase of housing in the Lee Walker Heights master plan. 

Image Credit
Cayer Photography
This responsive master plan and bright new housing bring a much-needed expansion and modernization to the isolated Lee Walker Heights community, which has had minimal upgrades since the 1950s.

Developed in consultation with residents, the vision was to replace Asheville’s oldest public housing property with a transformational new mixed-income community, including one-for-one replacement of the 96 existing subsidized units to be distributed through a total of at least 200 mixed-income units.

The new plan includes increased and improved connections, pedestrian and open-space upgrades throughout the property, a considerable increase in housing capacity, and a diversity of home types.

DBA collaborated with local architect McMillan Pazdan Smith, the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville (HACA), and Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) to reimagine this 11.5-acre site, which had become increasingly isolated due to topographic and development constraints.

This plan was created in close consultation with current Lee Walker Heights residents through an outreach and engagement process that included multiple community meetings, interactive design workshops, resident surveys, and shared site visits to recently built affordable housing properties.

In response to this process, we developed a master plan with the three primary drivers of Community, Connectivity, and Health

Building on the strong community of residents and the site’s prominent location along a major transit corridor at the southern gateway to downtown Asheville, this Master Plan offers a complete transformation to a sustainable, walkable neighborhood of mixed-income housing, with mixed-use neighborhood shopping and other amenities. The first phase of 200 affordable units—in a combination of multi-story apartment buildings, walk-ups, and flats organized around courtyards and community green spaces—was completed in 2021. Future development of this neighborhood will include an additional 100 or more homes, plus retail and parking structures.


Master Planner
David Baker Architects
Sponsor Agency
Asheville Housing Authority (HACA)
Mountain Housing Opportunities
David Baker Architects
McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Landscape Architect
Sitework Studios
Play Area Consultant
Asheville Design Center
Civil Engineer
Civil Design Concepts

Project Details

Project Number


20 Lee Garden Lane
Asheville, NC
United States


Number of Units
1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom
3 Bedroom

Total 400

Density Ratios
613,400 sf
740,520 sf

Parking Spots
Parking Type
On-street and garage

Type V-A
4 Stories


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