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A new townhome development just minutes from downtown Charlottesville with Carter Mountain views is forthcoming on Scottsville Road. 

Spring Hill Village will consist of 100 units, with 15 of them set to be affordable at 60% area median income. Market rate prices are anticipated to start upwards of $200,000 dollars.

The blend of townhomes and villas will have one- or two-car garages, with townhomes offering potential for rooftop decks. Homes will also include energy efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems, as well as low-flow toilets and faucets as part of the developer’s Green Living initiative. Amenities for the development include an outdoor pavilion and grilling area, playground and dog park. 

Developed by Stanley Martin Homes, the project will be similar to the Avinity neighborhood about a mile away on Avon Street Extended and Hollymead Walk near the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. 

According to Jeremy Swink, the vice president of land for Stanley Martin’s Charlottesville and Richmond divisions, the curb paving for the development should be done by the end of August. 

In the meantime, the project is in the process of a proffer amendment to Route 20 that will “remove a turn lane and reduce overall pavement width and encroachment onto neighboring properties,” according to Swink. 

With the anticipated time frame for when Spring Hill Village is expected to be complete and ready for move-in currently uncertain, the site plans and information is available on its website for interested future buyers.

  • Address:1776 Scottsville Road
  • Scale: 100 homes
  • Next Steps: continue construction

Virginia Humanities moving into Dairy Central

Credit: Credit: Mike Kropf / Charlottesville Tomorrow

Virginia Humanities announced this week that it will be moving into the forthcoming Dairy Central development in the 10th & Page neighborhood.

Dairy Central is a mixed-use project spearheaded by Stony Point Design/Build that redevelops and repurposes what was formerly Monticello Dairy at the confluence of 10th Street Northwest and Preston and Grady avenues. 

The move stems from the organization’s desire to enhance accessibility to its services. 

“It’s about increasing accessibility and engagement,” said Executive Director Matthew Gibson. “It’s important to understand we are a statewide organization but being headquartered here in Charlottesville means we have to be responsive to the local community, too. Being outside of town like we are makes it hard to do that.”

Virginia Humanities, which currently operates out of office space in Boar’s Head, doesn’t have a bus line that runs to it, is on the outskirts of the city and also lacks American Disability Act accessibility infrastructure. 

By moving its headquarters to a more centralized part of Charlottesville, Gibson said it will make walk-in services easier for the community and more accessible to its growing internship program with students from University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. 

“We want to be able to offer more of a walk-in experience as a public humanities center to engage local residents here and from across the state,” Gibson said. 

As for logistics of the move, he says the new office space should be available by the beginning of 2021. Set to occupy about 10,000 square feet of space in Dairy Central, Gibson said Virginia Humanities is working with Richmond-based SMBW Architects to design the space and is working with UVA’s facilities management project services to do the buildout within Dairy Central. 

“It’s a smaller footprint than what we are in right now, but it’s more efficient,” Gibson said. “We prioritized shrinking our personal offices and growing our community spaces for staff interaction and walk-in work.”

  • Address: 946 Grady Ave.
  • Scale: about 10,000 square feet
  • Next Steps: finalize space design

Charlotte Rene Woods

I was Charlottesville Tomorrow’s government reporter from 2019 to 2022. Thanks for letting me be your resident nerd on how local and state governments serve us. Keep up with me @charlottewords on Twitter. If you haven’t yet, consider subscribing to Charlottesville Tomorrow’s FREE newsletter to get updates from the newsroom on the things you want to know.