“You can’t invest in housing without also investing in schools,” said Shymora Cooper. “The same kids that need housing are the same kids that are going to the schools that need the money.”
Here’s what zoning actually means — and what that does and doesn’t have to do with affordable housing.
“One thing that has never been that great in Charlottesville or Albemarle is, there are no places for people like me,” said Angela Durrer, a former mobile home park resident. “I don’t make that much money in a year, and even still, affordable housing over there, there is none.”
During a public hearing Monday night, the city housing authority voted to issue up to $23 million in revenue bonds to the new owner of Midway Manor, who has pledged to maintain the long-term affordability of the building’s 98 units. It won’t cost the city a dime.
If the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority helps finance repairs with revenue bonds, it could also require the building to continue to be affordable. Community members and residents can express their views at a virtual public hearing on Monday at 6 p.m.
The city expects to finish a draft ordinance and begin soliciting public comment by April.
Two parcels are for sale for $84 million. They are home to some thriving local businesses and cultural happenings.
The answer, local officials say, is simply that Charlottesville’s annual snowfall differs drastically from year to year.
The University of Virginia is asking for community input on what it should do with three potential sites for its Affordable Housing Initiative. But those who want to comment have to do it soon: UVA is collecting responses through Jan. 31.
While Dominion Energy says its crews are working around the clock, as of Thursday afternoon, more than 500 of its customers in Charlottesville, and more than 14,800 in Albemarle County, are still in the dark — and the cold.