Charlottesville Planning Commission hears public comment on second mall crossing
Business owners on the east end of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall recently created a petition to City Council calling for a new car crossing to replace the sixth and seventh street access, which was removed in the recent Downtown Mall expansion. On November 15th, the City Planning Commission called a public meeting on the issue. Local lawyer and planning commissioner Cheri Lewis chaired the meeting.
Ten downtown business owners spoke in favor of the project, arguing for a crossing at fifth street or fourth street. Five citizens at large spoke, many citing pedestrian safety as a concern.
According to the
city staff’s study
, the proposed crossing would cost $900,000 to implement. Needed improvements to the second street crossing will be comparable in cost.
Planning commissioners felt they lacked enough information to make the right decision, and deferred the issue until next month’s meeting.
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