Search: Joan Fenton
July 23, 2017
Do people need more places to sit freely on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall? What stake do businesses on the mall have in the locations of benches? How can seating decisions make the mall more inclusive? These questions are being asked and answered by local government and business leaders. Amid conflicting ...
March 29, 2017
Terrible. Unsafe. Crumbling. Those were some of the words that participants in a mobility summit on a Belmont Bridge replacement used to describe the aging downtown Charlottesville structure. “My favorite description used was ‘lumpy,’” said Jonathan Whitehurst with Kimley-Horn, the Richmond-based firm tasked with developing a new design. The company ...
March 04, 2017
A six-month test of parking meters around Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall could begin as early as August. Officials believe that if the project is successful, it will improve the chances of finding a parking spot near the mall. “What we hope that it does is open up some of those ...
February 04, 2017
Groundwork for a future six-story apartment building on Water Street has raised the alarm of some downtown business owners who want city officials to take their interests into account before allowing street closures to accommodate for construction. “Right now, you have one lane closed and pretty much they are just ...
August 11, 2016
Throughout the months-long legal battle between the city and Charlottesville Parking Center, downtown businesses have been concerned that, if the city loses its stake in the Water Street Parking Garage, it could result in overly expensive parking rates that may prohibit some customers from coming downtown. While businesses there have ...
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 08, 2016
Mark Brown, owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center, thinks the city is incapable of ultimately winning the ongoing dispute over ownership of the Water Street Parking Garage. In an interview with WINA Friday afternoon, Brown said that if the city is successful in wrangling control of the garage’s parking ...
June 02, 2016
A week after a small group of downtown business owners expressed interest in drafting a petition that would express support for the city of Charlottesville in its litigation with the Charlottesville Parking Center, about 60 business and property owners followed through on that proposal. After being asked several times to ...