• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Charlottesville City Council approves 7-story apartment complex along Jefferson Park Ave.

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 20, 2022

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — Charlottesville City Council made a decision on Monday night regarding a major change to Jefferson Park Avenue.

He granted a special use permit to part of the block between Observatory and Washington Avenues. Now the lot could soon boast a new 119 apartment building with underground parking. The complex would have seven stories and is intended to be leased to students at the University of Virginia.

The Council recognized the inevitable development of the area, but wanted to ensure that the benefits of the proposal outweighed the costs.

“Every infill development project will, frankly, negatively impact some neighbor somewhere. And the question is, can we keep these negative impacts to a reasonable level? Can we mitigate future impacts? Mayor Lloyd Snook asked.

These negative impacts were highlighted by a public commentator.

“We discussed the negative impacts this development would have on traffic, parking, the environment and the quality of life for nearby property owners – and noted that it does not include any affordable housing,” said Ellen Contini-Morava .

The developer then offered to donate just over $1 million to the city’s affordable housing fund, doubling its original offer.

“A million dollars, I feel like that’s a pretty big sum. We are still figuring out exactly how this could be cashed in, literally, in our future law,” Charlottesville City Councilman Brian Pinkston said.

Earlier in the evening, the council also voted 4-0 to lower the speed limit on two sections of Cherry Avenue from 35 to 30 miles per hour between Ridge Street and Roosevelt Brown Boulevard, and up to 25 mph between Roosevelt Brown Boulevard and Cleveland Ave.

“Given the fact that we have the schools there, the fact that we have street parking there, the fact that everything there is residential, and there are driveways, and that stuff, I thought it was appropriate for this residential part of the street to narrow it down,” said City Traffic Engineer Brennen Duncan.

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