The seven candidates running for three seats on the
Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
took questions from the North Charlottesville Business Council (NCBC) at a forum held on October 17, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel. The NCBC is a division of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and many of its members are concerned with how the Places29 Master Plan might affect their business. Among other questions, candidates were asked to describe their vision of the role Route 29 plays in the community.
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In his introduction of the candidates, NCBC Chairman Michael McGowan cited his group’s Workplace29 report, the results of which shows that $800 million in salaries are paid to the 20,000 people who work along the 29 corridor. McGowan wanted candidates to comment on the study, and also told them about a University of Virginia class project on low-cost pedestrian safety alternatives the NCBC commissioned earlier this year.
“We’d like to see things like that done by the County and done by the community to promote the local character of 29,” he said. “Because we see 29 as being the main street of the County, the central focus of our mixed-use urban area, and we’re concerned about plans that make it into more of an expressway.”
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