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January 29, 2016
The City Council is expected to decide Monday whether to allow the Violet Crown Charlottesville cinema to retain a tinted glass storefront that was installed without permission from the Board of Architectural Review. “Darkly tinted mirrored glass is not an appropriate material for windows in new buildings within the historic ...
January 20, 2016
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has granted permission for a developer to remove portions of two historic buildings on West Main, but members want more information before approving the size and shape of a new six-story building there. “This just seems a little bit too much of maxing [the ...
October 21, 2015
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has granted preliminary design approvals for a new hotel at Ridge Street and Cherry Avenue as well as a six-story building on Water Street, but deferred action on a five-story building on West Main Street. The developers of the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Cherry ...
September 27, 2015
As Charlottesville’s development boom continues, the city’s Board of Architectural Review often is the only public body that reviews projects whose developers are not seeking a special-use permit for additional height or density. That was the case recently as the panel had preliminary discussions on new designs for ...
August 19, 2015
Neighbors of the proposed William Taylor Plaza had two opportunities Wednesday to express their opposition to the project, even though there is little chance of overturning a recent Charlottesville City Council decision that cleared the way for a hotel. “I’m embarrassed by Charlottesville,” said Stan Sweeney, owner of a ...
December 18, 2014
The developers of a proposed residential and commercial building at 1000 West Main Street returned to the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review Tuesday with a smaller version of a plan approved by City Council in January. “With further analysis into the market we found that smaller units, a smaller scale ...
October 22, 2014
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review took several actions Tuesday on individual properties along the city’s West Main corridor, a street that has experienced rapid change in the past several years. The BAR approved the demolition of two buildings that will make way to accommodate a new complex being ...
August 24, 2014
While The Flats at West Village — a large, student-oriented housing complex on Charlottesville’s West Main Street — was approved by Charlottesville’s City Council in December 2012, even some who supported the development now say it does not look like what they were expecting. Councilor Kathy Galvin, who voted for ...
August 22, 2014
A prominent downtown wall is slated to join the ranks of public art pieces in Charlottesville. The Board of Architectural Review unanimously approved a bike-themed mural that the Charlottesville Mural Project is scheduled to complete by this fall. “In general, I think this [mural] would add to the vibrancy of ...
July 11, 2014
The Venable Neighborhood Association is one step closer to making a stretch of Rugby Road the second historic conservation district in Charlottesville. The Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend approval of the association’s request to make place the designation on both sides of the Rugby Road from the ...
May 24, 2014
The owner of a large bed and breakfast that opened in January near Jefferson Park Avenue said he is confident his venture will be successful, despite an increasing number of hotel rooms in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. “We’re only trying to get about 1 percent of the market here ...
May 22, 2014
While work continues on a planning study of West Main Street, one Charlottesville architect has begun the process of adding a new six-story building to the corridor. Bill Atwood, whose projects include the multi-story Waterhouse building on Water Street, wants to construct an office building in the 500 block of ...
April 10, 2014
A Midlothian-based company has filed plans to build a new 87-room Country Inn and Suites hotel on Emmet Street, but their design failed to gain initial approval Tuesday by the Charlottesville Planning Commission. The developer asked for a deferral when it appeared commissioners, acting as the Entrance Corridor Review Board ...
March 16, 2014
Architects designing a new bank at the intersection of Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29 will go back to the drawing board after the Charlottesville Planning Commission indicated it wanted a “signature” building. “I really don’t see an attempt of the franchise to accommodate itself to what is unique ...
February 21, 2014
The new owners of the Downtown Mall Regal Cinema plan to boldly transform both the inside and outside of the theater as a home for independent film. If all goes according to schedule, the renovated theater’s restaurant and stadium seating will be ready just in time for November’s ...
December 15, 2013
The owners of seven buildings on West Main Street will now have to ask city officials for permission should they ever wish to demolish their structures. The Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 earlier this month to amend the West Main architectural design control district to add a layer of review ...
August 21, 2013
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review on Tuesday granted a permit for demolition of a 60,000 square-foot office complex on West Main Street to make way for a six-story apartment building. “The West Main Street Architectural Design Control district would not be affected adversely by the demolition of this ...
April 17, 2013
The tent over the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar’s rooftop patio may be sent back to storage this month. The city of Charlottesville has requested the tent’s removal because of the restaurant’s failure to resolve issues raised by the Board of Architectural Review when the owners applied for a ...
October 26, 2012
The controversial tent at the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar has gotten a new lease on life on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The tent was re-installed Thursday and the city of Charlottesville has decided to suspend enforcement of new seasonal tent guidelines. “We have had a good relationship with the city so ...
October 18, 2012
The City of Charlottesville has new design guidelines in place for seasonal restaurant tents. However, the first applicant to come before the Board of Architectural Review on Tuesday left empty-handed after learning that no ordinary tent is going to get approved. In addition, city staff said three other city restaurants ...
October 17, 2012
At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review presented a cold shoulder to the current design of a massive student housing project on West Main Street. The majority of the board said they would not support the current design with its attempt to maximize both the density ...
June 17, 2012
Mary Joy Scala, Preservation and Design Planner Where were you born (and raised, if different)? Born in Trenton, NJ but grew up in a historic house on the main street of a small town in Yardley, Pennsylvania. When and why did you move to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area? To attend ...
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