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City reviews impacts of more housing for university students on West Main

Members of Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review said a proposed student housing project on West Main Street would have an “adverse impact’ on the surrounding architectural design control district. Planning for the 189-unit building, “The Standard,” comes as construction of a similar student apartment housing complex is already underway across the street. “I am concerned […]

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New West Main housing complex critiqued

Several members of the Charlottesville Planning Commission said Tuesday they leaned toward not approving an apartment complex on West Main Street unless the needs of an adjacent public housing site are taken into consideration. “I have grave concerns about the social justice and the environmental justice issues of putting a project like this next to […]

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Council OKs controversial student-oriented housing project for West Main

The Charlottesville City Council has granted a special-use permit to allow the Ambling University Development Group and Riverbend Management to build the Plaza on West Main, an eight-story building that will have 595 bedrooms and ground-floor commercial space.   “I think this is the right project in the right location,” said Mayor Satyendra Huja. “It […]

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Council expresses support for further streetcar study

Artist’s rendering of how a streetcar might look outside the City Center for Contemporary Arts The Charlottesville City Council will consider a proposal to fund a further study of the feasibility of a streetcar system for the West Main Corridor. On June 16, 2008, Council heard the report of the streetcar task force created by […]