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Advisory council assesses Rivanna Village proposal

Some residents of the Glenmore subdivision are concerned about increased traffic and density that a new development will bring to their part of Albemarle County. However, county officials and developer Andrew Boninti say that the Rivanna Village proposal is in line with plans for that part of eastern Albemarle, a designated growth area. “What the […]

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When will transit projects hit the road?

Third in a series exploring local government budgets The conversation about regional transit projects is gaining momentum among transportation decision-makers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization has identified three projects as priorities for the community. The projects will be included in the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan to be adopted in […]

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Future of world languages instruction uncertain amid budget talks

First in a series exploring local education budget initiatives Next year, a group of Cale Elementary students may spend half the school day learning in Spanish. At a recent parent information session at Cale, principal Lisa Jones and Albemarle County School’s world languages facilitator Russell Carlock introduced a proposal to pilot a dual language immersion […]

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Third Tom Tom festival to feature expanded innovation track

The third annual Tom Tom Founders Festival being held April 9 to 13 will have an amplified focus on innovation during five days of “mostly free” performances, workshops and other gatherings. Organized by Paul Beyer, the festival of art, music and innovation will bring together leaders in entrepreneurism, technology and other disciplines to share knowledge […]

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Snow day decisions in Albemarle County

Every winter season, school systems deal with the realities of harsh weather interfering with scheduled school days. Last year, Albemarle County Public Schools had ten weather-related school closures, and there have already been four snow days this school year, two of which occurred last week. Each closure decision begins with school employees in Albemarle County […]

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Council approves third student-housing complex for West Main

Charlottesville’s City Council approved a special-use permit Wednesday that will allow a 648-bedroom student-housing complex to be built at the corner of West Main and Roosevelt Brown Boulevard. A divided council voted 3-2 to grant the permit, which allows Campus Acquisitions to build a multi-story, mixed-use building near the University of Virginia Medical Center. “The […]

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Planning Commission supports third West Main student complex

The Charlottesville Planning Commission has voted to recommend approval of a special-use permit for 1000 W. Main St., the third high-density, mixed-use residential complex in the works for that area. Concerns about the project’s impact and whether the market exists for additional housing for University of Virginia students along West Main drove discussion past midnight […]