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Land trust celebrates new, permanently affordable houses in Belmont

New affordable housing rarely can claim to be permanently affordable, but the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust is out to prove that it is possible. The land trust on Wednesday morning celebrated the construction of four houses on Nassau Street in Charlottesville’s Belmont-Carlton neighborhood. The two duplexes are being sold to four households making 80% […]

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Charlottesville replaces Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with celebration of end of slavery

The Charlottesville City Council on Monday voted to celebrate Freedom and Liberation Day as a city holiday rather than April 13, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. In addition, the city has added a floating holiday for city employees.The new holiday, March 3, celebrates the day when many African Americans in Charlottesville and Albemarle County escaped slavery when […]

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City Council members move 750 Hinton Avenue rezoning to next consent agenda

Related Articles: Hinton Avenue rezoning for apartments on church property pulled from agenda Supporters of Belmont church apartment proposal pack city meeting Charlottesville City Council Chambers overflowed Monday night with Belmont residents and the congregation and supporters of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church. Residents largely turned out in numbers to voice their opposition to the […]

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Cherry Avenue Small Area Plan, natural gas plants, and a UVa throwback

Related Articles: Can the Cherry Avenue Small Area Plan provide both investment and affordability for Fifeville? Charlottesville Civilian Review Board finds its footing Let’s Talk: Reimagining Local News On this session of WTJU’s Soundboard, Emily, Elliott and Giles talk with host Molly Strauchler about what balancing investment and affordability would look like in Charlottesville’s Fifeville […]

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Dunlora residents voice opposition to additional development on Rio Road

Dunlora residents do not want development near them, at least for now. More than 450 residents of the neighborhood have signed a petition to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission protesting further development on East Rio Road.  Then, on Tuesday evening, about 50 Dunlora residents gathered at the Planning Commission meeting to […]

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Albemarle Planning Commission approves expansion of Point Church’s Pantops plans

The Albemarle County Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of ongoing construction on Hansen Road.  The Point Church purchased the parcel — located directly behind Rivanna Ridge shopping Center — in May 2018 for the construction of a worship building. Since its 2009 inception, The Point Church has held its services at Monticello […]

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Can the Cherry Avenue Small Area Plan provide both investment and affordability for Fifeville?

Related Articles: ‘Almost every piece of land in 29 North is in play’ Connectivity key to Biscuit Run Park ‘This is home’ On Roosevelt Brown Boulevard, between West Main Street and Cherry Avenue, sits a vacant trapezoid of land with a sign that says, “For Lease – SoHo Technology Center.” The sign advertises a luxury […]

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Financing secure for first phase of public housing redevelopment

After decades of working toward this moment, Joy Johnson, board chairwoman of Charlottesville’s Public Housing Association of Residents, finally can breathe a sigh of relief. The Virginia Housing Development Authority announced late last week that it plans to allocate federal low-income housing tax credits to Charlottesville’s public housing redevelopment projects. The VHDA Board of Commissioners […]