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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 24, 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 16, 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 ...
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 ...
December 15, 2014
For the third time in the past two years, the Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended approval of a special-use permit that will allow a new building on West Main Street to be 101 feet tall, the maximum allowed by current zoning. Washington-based Carr Hospitality wants to build a nine-story hotel ...
December 14, 2014
Several attendees of a workshop held to gather the public’s ideas on improving Charlottesville’s street network called on city officials to demonstrate whether they can begin to implement some of them. “There’s a concern that while we want things to be thought through holistically, we also are ...
December 10, 2014
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has endorsed an $18.2 million capital improvement budget for the next fiscal year, but also asked the City Council to consider adding more money for new street trees and to encourage the fire department to transition to smaller vehicles. The five-year capital plan totals $87 ...
November 21, 2014
The debut of Charlottesville’s next capital improvement program budget gave a glimpse into the future of several multimillion-dollar infrastructure projects, including a new design for West Main Street. The Charlottesville Planning Commission was shown a plan Tuesday that totals $18 million for fiscal year 2016. Budget officials are also ...
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 ...
September 21, 2014
When the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review considers architect Bill Atwood’s design for a new mixed-use building in the 500 block of West Main Street next month, the appointed body will be the last stop before the project can move forward. “This is a by-right plan, meaning that the ...
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 ...
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