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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 ...
December 21, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council decided Monday to wait until January to vote on a rezoning for West Main Street that would lower the maximum heights of future buildings. The Planning Commission had recommended changes at its December meeting but the city received letters from two property owners last week that ...
December 17, 2015
Planners hired to create a new streetscape for West Main Street have returned to Charlottesville to resume work on the project. “We’re delighted to be back here again,” said Elliot Rhodeside of Rhodeside & Harwell, who were paid $350,000 to develop a plan for new trees and wider sidewalks ...
November 24, 2015
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has begun its review of a projected $80 million five-year capital improvement program budget, including $21.6 million in spending next fiscal year. “This is the first draft and we’re just now beginning to get a picture of the revenues,” said Ryan Davidson, the city ...
November 19, 2015
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review indicated Tuesday it will protect two buildings from demolition on West Main Street, including one that houses the Blue Moon Diner. “Every house that we demolish on this street lessens our argument for keeping any of them,” said BAR member Carl Schwarz. Developer Jeff ...
November 08, 2015
The new director of Charlottesville’s Department of Neighborhood Development Services says he is ready to take on the many challenges he’s inherited as the public face of growth and development. “My role is to help facilitate meaningful planning, development and redevelopment efforts, and to build the pathway I ...
October 13, 2015
The Charlottesville Planning Commission voted Tuesday to support a rezoning of West Main Street that would limit the heights of future buildings on the corridor. “The proposed zoning amendments seek to alleviate the concerns revolving around development in the West Main corridor by establishing clear building envelopes, reducing allowable heights ...
September 03, 2015
A historic building at the corner of West Main Street and 10th Street Northwest in Charlottesville is expected to become the home to three restaurants, including a Pizza Hut, next year. “We’re excited to bring new life to this old automotive building, and the new tenants will be great ...
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 ...
August 16, 2015
As construction continues on two new buildings on West Main Street, Charlottesville officials continue to review possible changes to the zoning code to reduce the height and massing of future structures. “You’ve gotten really large buildings that people don’t like and they’ve asked you to take a ...
July 28, 2015
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has weighed in on a concept for a new look for West Main Street, a rapidly developing corridor that has been the subject of many years of study. “There are many steps still left in this,” said Missy Creasy, the interim director of the city’s ...
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 ...
April 29, 2015
When The Flats at West Village apartment complex was completed last August, criticism soon emerged about the finished product. “The Flats is viewed by many in this community as being out of step with the character of Charlottesville,” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin, an architect who is seeking re-election to ...
April 21, 2015
After several months of debate and discussion, the Charlottesville City Council may decide in May whether to begin the process of changing the zoning on West Main Street to reduce the height of future buildings. “The tool has the potential to address a number of the community’s concerns with ...
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
5:30 A. Matters from the public not on the agenda (please limit to 5 minutes) B. Consent Agenda (Note: Any consent agenda item may be pulled and moved to the regular agenda if a BAR member wishes to discuss it, or if any member of the public is present ...
March 12, 2015
1. Public Comments (5 minutes) 2. West Main Street Pilot Concept (20 minutes) 3. Create 2015 Analysis/Research Presentation Schedule (30 minutes) 4. Planning and Coordination for Place-Making “Summit” (30 minutes) 5. West Main Street Form Based Code Update (5 minutes) 6. Code Audit Update (5 minutes) 7. Additional Public ...
March 05, 2015
Charlottesville City Councilor Dede Smith announced her re-election campaign Wednesday by saying she wants a second term to continue work protecting neighborhoods, natural resources and the community’s historic character. “We are 250 years old and we have so much history here that speaks volumes about who we are today ...
February 15, 2015
A steering committee that is considering a $340,000 “action plan” for West Main Street met again recently amid continuing disagreements over how the city should respond to ongoing development along the corridor between the University of Virginia and the Downtown Mall. “The challenge with this project is that there ...
January 27, 2015
Agenda 1. Public Comments (5 minutes) 2. Water Street Trail Design Presentation 3. West Main Street Update 4. Create 2015 Analysis/Research Presentation Schedule 5. Planning and Coordination for Place-Making “Summit” 6. Executive Board Nominations/Voting 7. Other Business
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 20, 2015
5:30 A. Matters from the public not on the agenda (please limit to 5 minutes) B. Blighted property request for comments – 610 Ridge Street C. Consent Agenda 1. Minutes from December 16, 2014 D. New Items 5:40 2. Certificate of Appropriateness Application BAR 15-01-01 418 5th Street SW ...
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 ...
December 19, 2014
The Charlottesville City Council has learned more about how the West Main Street corridor might be redesigned to make the road a public space that is safer for cyclists and pedestrians. It comes with a cost estimate as high as $30 million, if utility lines are moved underground. “West Main ...
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