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Almost 50 local bridges found deficient in face of shrinking repair funds

In the face of recent bridge repair controversies and the release of Albemarle County’s Six-Year Im-provement Plan, local government officials have been trying to balance meeting infrastructure repair needs with a decreasing budget. Both state and federal funds for transportation are waning and the effects are being felt at the local level. This year, the […]

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Local officials learn about next phase of Chesapeake Bay cleanup

What impact will the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay have on localities in the Rivanna watershed? A variety of local environmental stakeholders gathered Monday afternoon to discuss this question at a discussion sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Rivanna River Basin Commission . […]

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Panel discusses women and diversity in local politics

Cupcakes and political anecdotes were shared recently when a panel of women involved in local government spoke about their experiences in politics. Charlottesville Tomorrow, the Junior League and the League of Women Voters sponsored Wednesday’s event, which was held at the Cat Thrasher Photography studio and the Sweethaus bakery. Andrea Copeland & Colette Blount Andrea […]

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Green roofs sprouting around community

The many benefits of green roofing systems were the topic of the presentation at the James River Green Building Council’s luncheon on Tuesday. Scott Titanish, the LiveRoof area manager at Riverbend Nursery, a green roofing company, detailed how green roofs can counteract some of the negative impacts of urbanization like the urban heat island effect […]

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New deli in Shoppers World moving along

The old Ragazzi’s restaurant in Shoppers World soon will be given a new lease on life as the home of a Jason’s Deli. Albemarle County’s Architectural Review Board reviewed the company’s plans to alter the exterior of the building during its meeting Monday. Plans included additional windows but no outdoor seating. Alex Williams, district manager […]

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Startups finding their place near UVa, Downtown Mall

Amid recent community discussions about innovation, entrepreneurship and industries targeted for growth, the physical spaces sought by startup companies seem less likely to be found in a traditional office or research park. University of Virginia Research Park on U.S. Route 29 North Buildings in close proximity to the University of Virginia or directly on Charlottesville’s […]

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Charlottesville residents evaluate downtown connectivity, diversity, and equality

Issues of connectivity in downtown Charlottesville remain a hot topic for planners and residents. Following up on a grassroots design competition for the Belmont Bridge — which brought new ideas for connecting West Main Street , Belmont and the Downtown Mall to the surface — community members gathered recently to hear a panel discussion on […]

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Marriot Residence Inn site plan now under review

The city of Charlottesville is now reviewing the preliminary site plan for the construction of a new Marriott Residence Inn proposed for the corner of Ridge McIntire and West Main Street. The public voiced few worries about the building’s design during a meeting on Wednesday. “There have been some concerns regarding the height,” said Willy […]