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Skate Park designs move forward, awaiting funds

A group of 45 local skaters and community members met recently to develop designs for a 30,000-square-foot regional skate park in Charlottesville. The skate park is planned for a space in McIntire Park at the site of a wading pool. Design consultant Stantec, in response to previous community feedback, revealed two new alternatives during a […]

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Redesigning Monticello Ave, increasing safety near school

During a recent walking tour and public presentation, Charlottesville officials gained community feedback for plans to widen sidewalks, add bike lanes and increase safety as intersection improvements move forward for Monticello Avenue. It is a designated Entrance Corridor to the city, part of U.S. Bicycle Route 76 and a route for students attending Clark Elementary […]

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Baker-Butler Elementary School principal to retire

After 25 years working for Albemarle County Public Schools, David Cushman is retiring as Principal of Baker-Butler Elementary School. “We are enormously indebted to Dave for his exceptional devotion to public education, for the influence of his interpersonal skills, and for the quality of his stewardship during such defining moments as the recent redistricting, which […]

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Rivanna Village development near Glenmore gets favorable review

Changes to a proposed mixed-use development outside the Glenmore neighborhood have won the unanimous support of the Albemarle County Planning Commission. However, despite the downsizing of a plan first approved in 2007, the 94.76-acre Rivanna Village development is still raising concerns about safety on nearby roads, such as U.S. 250. More than 60 community members […]

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Turning city’s vision into building codes and policy

Not satisfied with roadblocks to innovative design and development, the city of Charlottesville is considering how to rewrite the rules to encourage new ideas that support its Comprehensive Plan. During a recent city-hosted event, a panel of city staff, business leaders and design professionals considered the future of city regulations on such topics as tree […]

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Albemarle seeks input on changing rules for rural businesses

Albemarle County’s rural countryside may soon see an increased number of events at breweries, wineries and agricultural farms. A recent roundtable discussion hosted by the county brought together about 35 community members, business owners and advocates to hash through how to mitigate negative impacts and ensure positive outcomes from recent changes to Virginia law. As […]

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Commonwealth Restaurant to open private event space on Downtown Mall

In the past four years, two private event spaces have popped up in downtown Charlottesville. Executive chef Alex George anticipates opening the third next month. The Commonwealth Reserve is slated to join George’s other Downtown Mall endeavors Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar and Just Curry. “When this opportunity came up, it was just perfect for us. […]