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City donates third of equity fund to new nonprofit, against mayor’s wishes

A new nonprofit dedicated to building Charlottesville’s African-American middle class received $500,000 on Monday from the City Council. New Hill Development Corp. plans to conduct financial training programs and draft a small area plan for Charlottesville’s Starr Hill neighborhood, which is bordered by the railroad tracks, Preston Avenue, West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire Road. The […]

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Mayor calls for removal of Lewis and Clark statue

Once work on the West Main Streetscape commences as early as 2020, it could feature the removal of Charlottesville’s controversial statue of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea. “I would like for us to really consider … what other space that statue could occupy. Somewhere other than Charlottesville, maybe?” Mayor Nikuyah Walker said. Current plans […]

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Charlottesville schools dress code amended to ban Confederate imagery

The Charlottesville School Board on Thursday voted unanimously to prohibit students from wearing clothing with Confederate imagery.   The resolution also applies to “the Nazi swastika or … images and language associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups.”   “This is the first step,” School Board Chairman Juandiego Wade said. “We […]

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Planning Commission workshops plan for Belmont urban farm

Approval for an apartment complex and urban farm proposed for Nassau Street is looking more likely after a work session between the project’s developer and the Charlottesville Planning Commission. Justin Shimp, owner of Shimp Engineering, brought the project application to the Planning Commission in April and earlier in October. Hearing hesitation during the October meeting, […]

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Council reviews software solution for land use processes

Land use processes in Charlottesville are getting an upgrade. The City Council on Wednesday discussed ways to increase the efficiency of the Department of Neighborhood Development Services. The department reviews all new developments and manages several affordable housing initiatives for the city. “We have a [software] system right now that is grossly inefficient,” said NDS […]

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City commission incorporates some feedback into Comprehensive Plan

The Charlottesville Planning Commission has moved closer toward completing a draft of the city’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Commissioners on Tuesday set out to discuss the transportation, housing, environmental sustainability, historic preservation, community facilities and economic sustainability chapters of the document. “This is an opportunity to see if we’re close on some of these, so that […]

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CATEC, PVCC planning to unify area’s apprenticeship programs

The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center is considering handing over its apprenticeship programs to Piedmont Virginia Community College. “I think it is a good idea to match career and technical education with higher education,” CATEC director Daphne Keiser said. “That would elevate the trades.” On Tuesday, the CATEC board directed Keiser to draft a memorandum […]