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January 17, 2017
If it seems like we just finished an election, well, we did, but in Virginia, it’s never not an election year. In Charlottesville, the two seats on City Council currently held by Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick are up for grabs, and Szakos says she won’t be seeking ...
December 21, 2016
Charlottesville staff has been asked to perform a preliminary investigation of whether the city should have an official architect or a staff person who assists the arts community. Mayor Mike Signer asked fellow councilors at the end of their meeting earlier this week whether the city could play a bigger ...
December 15, 2016
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has asked the Charlottesville City Council to “indefinitely” postpone a vote on whether some trails at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area should be opened to bicycles. “The county’s existing regulations applicable to the Ragged Mountain Natural Area do not allow biking,” supervisors wrote ...
November 22, 2016
As the price of housing in Charlottesville continues to climb, city officials are weighing several options to ensure that some homes remain affordable for those with lower incomes. City Council was presented Monday with a list of 35 policy recommendations made by the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC), which has spent ...
November 15, 2016
The City of Charlottesville plans to pay $2.85 million to purchase a half-acre lot at the corner of Market Street and 9th Street to address the growing parking needs downtown, officials said Tuesday. The money will come out of a $4 million capital improvement plan contingency fund, said City ...
October 20, 2016
The leadership team of the Senior Center appeared before the Charlottesville City Council this week to argue the benefits of public investment in the organization’s proposed new facility. “The Center at Belvedere will triple our capacity to meet the needs of an aging population,” said Peter Thompson, executive director ...
October 01, 2016
The University of Virginia now owns several properties on Roosevelt Brown Boulevard south of the railroad tracks that separate its hospital from the Fifeville neighborhood. The university paid $8.73 million in late August to acquire a total of 2.63 acres on seven properties on Grove Street and King ...
September 29, 2016
Charlottesville residents living near the University of Virginia raised concerns about unruly students before the Charlottesville City Council at a community forum Thursday. At the same time, UVa students in attendance voiced an intent to achieve a more peaceful coexistence with their neighbors. The Our Town series was established in ...
September 03, 2016
As Charlottesville’s West Main Street continues to attract investment in new buildings, the recently completed Uncommon is the latest contribution to the corridor’s architectural identity. “I don’t believe in the town of Thomas Jefferson that everything needs to mimic Jefferson,” said Melanie Miller, chairwoman of the city ...
August 20, 2016
After two unsuccessful requests for proposals, Charlottesville’s Dairy Road bridge will enter a third bidding process within the next month for needed repairs. “Driving up and down the [U.S.] 250 Bypass, you can’t help but see the plywood underneath and that’s there to keep concrete from ...
August 16, 2016
As residents of Albemarle and Charlottesville contend with the effects of an increased population, one city councilor wants to use a November event at the University of Virginia as a public lesson in how to expand the urban economy. “You need a lot of different kinds of businesses and different ...
July 22, 2016
On this, at least, we should agree: Downtown Charlottesville needs more parking. The current brouhaha over parking has more combatants than a rugby scrummage. Charlottesville Parking Center owner Mark Brown against the City of Charlottesville. The City of Charlottesville against Mark Brown. City businesses against efforts that might curtail parking ...
July 12, 2016
A number of downtown business owners gathered Tuesday to address concerns that parking could soon become unaffordable if the city of Charlottesville is unable to reel in a real estate magnate who is engaged with the city in an ongoing power struggle for control of the Water Street Parking Garage ...
July 06, 2016
The Charlottesville City Council denied an appeal Tuesday night that challenged the approval process of a proposed six-story building on East Water Street. “This is an unusual appeal in that the appellant is an abutting property owner who resides on the opposite side of Water Street from the proposed project ...
June 20, 2016
As Charlottesville continues to struggle with what some call an affordable housing crisis, city officials on Monday decided to use $264,500 to create more affordable housing in the Belmont neighborhood. At the request of Virginia Organizing, a nonpartisan advocacy network, the city will donate the funds to help provide ...
June 15, 2016
The future of the Water Street Parking Garage has become a mystery as revolving offers to acquire or sell the property — and implied threats — continue to circulate. On Wednesday, following a court hearing in the ongoing legal dispute between the city of Charlottesville and Charlottesville Parking Center, an attorney hired ...
May 27, 2016
Planning discussions to guide development immediately south of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall are still underway more than two years after the Strategic Investment Plan was adopted by the City Council. “We did the visioning thing two years ago, but we didn’t go in depth about zoning,” Councilor Kathy Galvin ...
May 18, 2016
Charlottesville’s Integrated Pest Management approach has been in use for over 10 years, but City Council only adopted it as an official policy in April 2015. Monday night, city landscape manager and IPM coordinator John Mann delivered the first report on the program’s efficacy and future objectives, including ...
April 05, 2016
The Charlottesville City Council agreed to proceed with a six-month test of parking meters around the Downtown Mall but also asked staff to pursue affordable parking options for downtown employees. “Make sure we exhaust all possibilities to find affordable ways for our employees to park,” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin ...
March 22, 2016
After three years of study and discussion, the Charlottesville City Council has decided a course of action for reconfiguring West Main Street. “This is going to be a beautiful, beautiful street that will make us as proud as the Downtown Mall did over thirty years ago,” said City Councilor Kathy ...
March 08, 2016
The Charlottesville School Board presented the division’s $78.4 million funding request to the City Council on Monday. Councilors asked questions about, but did not discuss, the spending plan. “This is a report where we do not have a decision ahead of us now,” Mayor Mike Signer said. “We ...
February 06, 2016
A debate among Charlottesville city councilors regarding how the 2017 fiscal year budget should be balanced ended late Thursday with councilors directing staff to not advertise a real estate tax rate increase. At a retreat at Morven Farm in Albemarle County, councilors provided direction to city staff that will shape ...
February 01, 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 ...
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