During a nearly seven-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Charlottesville Planning Commission voted to recommend the proposal for new buildings on Cherry Avenue to City Council.

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In the coming months, the Council will hold a public hearing and vote, but the dates have not yet been set.

Woodard Properties is proposing a mixed-use development for the 501 Cherry Avenue property, the site of the old Estes IGA supermarket across from Tonsler Park. The company wants to build space for a grocery store that would sell fresh produce — something the Fifeville neighborhood has wanted since Estes closed in 2002 — and space for community nonprofits. Piedmont Housing Alliance would develop at least 60 apartments on the site and rent all of them to families with low incomes.

The proposal included input from Piedmont Housing Alliance as well as the Fifeville Neighborhood Association, though some neighbors do not support the development.
Read more on that proposal here.

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