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January 31, 2016
Since November, Paul Reynolds has captured the speed of nearly 30,000 vehicles that have traveled past his Locust Avenue home to see how many have exceeded the 25 mph limit. “You’ll find that almost 85 percent of the cars going by are violators,” Reynolds said. Reynolds, who spent ...
December 28, 2015
SECOND IN A SERIES In the two years since the city of Charlottesville adopted the Strategic Investment Area plan, perhaps the most visible sign of activity is a large mural painted on the side of a wall at the Ix Art Park. “We did the mural ‘Dream Big’ and we ...
November 30, 2015
Three years ago, Kate Bennis and her daughter Anya witnessed a near-tragedy when a car drove too fast through the intersection of Little High Street and 11th Street, almost hitting a group of children and parents waiting for a school bus. At the time, Anya wrote a letter to Charlottesville ...
October 20, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 Monday to delay opening up trails at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area pending the results of a natural diversity inventory next spring. “We do have a process for our parks that we always follow and it wasn’t followed,” said Councilor Dede Smith said ...
October 03, 2015
Charlottesville City Council appears ready to add meters to downtown streets as part of an effort to manage parking to relieve congestion and make the area a more attractive destination. Charging for curbside parking is one of several recommendations offered by a study commissioned by the council earlier this year ...
August 18, 2015
For the second time this year, the Charlottesville City Council has rejected the results of a study commissioned to develop a new streetscape for West Main between the University of Virginia and downtown. “I would like to see West Main improved, but not the way it is proposed in this ...
May 24, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council is now expected to decide in June whether to initiate a study of changing the zoning of West Main Street to reduce the maximum building heights allowed on the rapidly developing corridor. “We’ve received concerns that folks have perceived developments to be large, too tall ...
March 23, 2015
A firm hired by Charlottesville to develop a master plan for West Main Street had another chance Monday to explain to elected officials the merits of its work. The city hired Alexandria-based Rhodeside & Harwell in 2013 to conduct a $340,000 study of West Main, and the firm’s concept ...
March 18, 2015
City councilors and other Charlottesville officials have been briefed on possible changes to the zoning of West Main Street that would reduce the maximum building size on the rapidly developing corridor. If the changes are adopted by the council, future buildings would be approved if their blueprints conform to a ...
March 17, 2015
Charlottesville’s City Council has approved a new design for the eastern side of McIntire Park, a 75-acre space that will include a botanical garden, skate park and enhanced access for pedestrian and bike traffic. “This design is the outcome of many months of community input, public open houses and ...
March 13, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council began a detailed review Thursday of City Manager Maurice Jones’ recommended $156 million operating and capital budget, but made no decision on whether to continue its support for a meals tax increase. “This is a way to pay for things [the council would] like to do ...
February 27, 2015
A group of Charlottesville restaurant owners braved slushy road conditions Thursday morning to oppose a proposed 1 percentage point increase in the city’s meals tax. “Eight million dollars was brought in last year from this industry,” said Peter Castiglione, one of the owners of Maya on West Main Street ...
February 22, 2015
Charlottesville is considering a 13-cent tax increase on buildings on and around the Downtown Mall to fund additional services and amenities, raising concerns for some property owners who want to know why the move is necessary. “In general, I’m not a big fan of very specific taxes without knowing ...
February 07, 2015
When Charlottesville’s city manager unveils his recommended budget for next fiscal year, it will be based on a 1 percentage point increase in the meals tax in order to close a budget deficit. “I would agree to one percent on the meals tax because it will bring in $2 ...
January 22, 2015
The future of a proposed new look to Charlottesville’s West Main Street is in question after a leading city councilor gave his critique Tuesday night. “The whole West Main Street plan is not a coherent design,” said Mayor Satyendra Huja. “It is a cluttered plan with too many inconsistent ...
January 07, 2015
Charlottesville’s City Council has granted permission for a 101-foot-tall hotel to be built on West Main Street, the fourth time in the past two years that an applicant has been granted the maximum height allowed on the street. The nine-story Sycamore House Hotel will be built on the site ...
January 06, 2015
The Piedmont Family YMCA has been granted one more year to break ground on a 70,000-square-foot fitness and aquatic center on the western side of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park. The chairman of the organization’s board of directors expressed confidence during Monday’s City Council meeting that the project ...
December 16, 2014
The City Council voted 4-1 Monday to spend up to $100,000 to augment planning staff so that a plan to “complete” Charlottesville’s street networks is finished by next summer. The money would pay for a consultant to help finish the Streets that Work initiative, which would create a ...
December 02, 2014
The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville has asked the City Council to consider charging for on-street parking within the downtown core. “Our present on-street free parking system is not serving the needs of the public or the businesses downtown and has acted to restrict the availability of parking downtown for ...
November 05, 2014
The Charlottesville City Council agreed Monday to gather more public input before writing new rules for how the city’s street network should be improved to accommodate new sidewalks, street trees and bike lanes. A move to create a new master transportation plan called Streets That Work has been underway ...
October 21, 2014
An attempt by Charlottesville officials to govern relations between the City Council and members of the public resulted in some angry comments from citizens Monday night. “I find it ludicrous and shocking that several items on this proposal fly in the face of free speech,” said city resident Rebecca Quinn ...
October 08, 2014
An engineering firm hired in April 2009 to design a replacement for Charlottesville’s Belmont Bridge is no longer involved with the project. “We’ve terminated the contract with MMM Design,” said Jim Tolbert, the city’s director of neighborhood development services. Calls to MMM Design’s Norfolk headquarters were ...
September 11, 2014
On Thursday, state and local education officials gathered at Charlottesville High School to open the school’s new science lab. Named the Sigma Lab by CHS students because of the Greek symbol’s significance of numerous parts coming together to create a whole, the $1.26 million, 8,580 square ...
August 30, 2014
The Charlottesville City Council spent all day at Morven Farms in Albemarle County on Friday to find better ways to communicate with each other and the public. “We spent a lot of time on how this council works and interacts with city staff and how they work together,” said City ...
August 28, 2014
You might not have met Michael Jones, but if you’re a regular on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, chances are you’ve heard him. Jones is known for walking the Mall with his headphones on, clapping loudly and sometimes chanting about the glory of God. But an altercation with a ...
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