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Construction bids for new CHS track being accepted

The city of Charlottesville is accepting bids from contractors for a long-awaited track and field facility at Charlottesville High School. “The economy and City Council’s budget have finally allowed us to do this,” said Juandiego Wade, chairman of the Charlottesville City School Board. “It will be tremendous for us to host track and field events […]

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City planning commission recommends more funding for trees, affordable housing

The Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended that the City Council increase funding for tree preservation and planting by $75,000. The action came Tuesday during the commission’s review of the capital improvement program for fiscal year 2018. The draft budget reserves $50,000 for urban tree initiatives. Planning Commissioner Jody Lahendro said this amount would not cover […]

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City to reopen bidding process for Dairy Road bridge

After two unsuccessful requests for proposals, Charlottesville’s Dairy Road bridge will enter a third bidding process within the next month for needed repairs. “Driving up and down the [U.S.] 250 Bypass, you can’t help but see the plywood underneath and that’s there to keep concrete from falling down on cars,” City Councilor Bob Fenwick said. […]

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A community in transition: Albemarle faces challenges in providing pedestrian interconnectivity

FIRST IN A SERIES “Sidewalks are kind of like apple pie — it’s hard to be against them,” said Dan Heuchert, co-chairman of the Albemarle County’s Fifth and Avon Community Advisory Committee. “It’s just, where’s the money going to come from?” In recent years, the county has had limited funds available for sidewalk construction, but […]

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County to spend $42,000 to advertise bond referendum

In the months leading up to the November general election, Albemarle County expects to spend $42,000 on educational mailers, fact sheets, advertisements and legal notices about the general obligation bond referendum approved last month. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted, 5-1, Wednesday to approve county staff’s plan to educate voters on the referendum — […]

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City schools form committee to develop capital projects

The Charlottesville school division is forming a committee to begin reviewing possible capital improvement projects earlier in the budget process. The Facilities Improvement Planning Committee will be tasked with developing and prioritizing a list of CIP projects for the division, according to School Board documents. The committee would be asked to focus on projects designed […]

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Albemarle School Board grapples with capital projects

The Albemarle County School Board is still considering a plan that, if fully funded, would spur $123 million in capital improvements to the school division’s infrastructure over the next five fiscal years. The board on Thursday took its second look at the plan, which is approximately $18 million more than the School Board’s fiscal year […]

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SLIDESHOW: Environmental Studies Academy, Western Albemarle High School

Albemarle County Public Schools launched the Environmental Studies Academy at Western Albemarle School in the fall of 2014. To both modernize the school’s facilities, and to create enough space for the program’s demand, Charlottesville-based design firm VMDO Architects designed new laboratory space. The project is scheduled to open during the 2015-16 school year.