Apr 24, 2018
The symbolic start of a construction site is traditionally marked with a groundbreaking, but the developers of a new apartment complex on Charlottesville’s West Main Street opted to celebrate Tuesday by spray-painting a parking lot with the words “Six Hundred West Main,” the name of the project.
“We’ve had probably about two years of design, construction entitlements and approvals,” said Jeffrey...Read more
Apr 22, 2018
As completion nears of the massive Standard apartment building on Charlottesville’s West Main Street, another complex that opened two years ago recently was rebranded by the national firm that now owns it.
What had been called the Uncommon, at 1000 W. Main, is now known as Lark on Main, although some of the signage outside still carries the old name. The...Read more
Apr 22, 2018
The Albemarle County School Board this week will consider approving the lease of 42,200 square feet in the Seminole Place industrial facility for use as a high school student center, administrative offices and professional development space.
Albemarle launched the High School 2022 initiative two years ago to generate ideas for expanding student-designed, interdisciplinary and community-based learning experiences throughout the school division.
Apr 21, 2018
Eliza Vesga, 11, has been able to understand some Spanish since she was little. Klei Stanford, 10, started learning Spanish this year when he moved from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Charlottesville.
Eliza and Klei might never have known each other if they had not been chosen to emcee El Espectaculo, an annual Spanish showcase by fifth-grade students at Walker Upper Elementary...Read more
Apr 20, 2018
Construction will begin this summer to replace the Main Street Arena in downtown Charlottesville with the technology-focused Center of Developing Entrepreneurs. Some stakeholders hope to use the spotlight on CODE to put plans for the adjacent Vinegar Hill Park in motion.
In late 2016, the City Council set aside $15,000 to create Vinegar Hill Park at the western end of...Read more
Apr 19, 2018
The design for a new look and feel for Charlottesville’s West Main Street is still being developed more than four years after the firm Rhodeside & Harwell began work on the plan.
“We’ve now moved into what we’re calling our design-development phase, which is really serving as the pre-final design,” said Carrie Rainey, the city’s urban planner. “We’re really getting more...Read more
Apr 19, 2018
Many education researchers have documented the academic achievement gap between students from high-income and low-income families. They also have shown that it persists from pre-kindergarten through college.
Joseph Williams, an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, said this research fails to capture the complete story of how low-income students perform in school.
“There are millions of students...Read more
Apr 18, 2018
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review made a partial recommendation to approve the size and shape of a new downtown building Tuesday, but stopped short of full support after the acting city attorney noted a problem.
“The proposed building appears to exceed the maximum allowable building height for the zoning district,” wrote Lisa Robertson in an email to BAR members shortly...Read more
Apr 17, 2018
Albemarle County school officials met with Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, on Tuesday to contribute to the Virginia House of Delegates’ ongoing study of school safety issues.
Toscano is a member of the House Select Committee on School Safety. Established in March in response to a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the select committee is...Read more
Apr 17, 2018
The Charlottesville City Council has taken the first official step toward creating a nonprofit entity that could help increase the number of affordable housing units within city limits.
“A land bank corporation is a transactional mechanism created within state law in order to acquire, manage, develop, sell or convey property,” said Brenda Kelley, the city’s redevelopment manager. “It can borrow money...Read more
Apr 16, 2018
For more than a decade, Dianna Poe and her colleagues in Charlottesville High School’s WALK program have helped at-risk students overcome obstacles in all aspects of their lives to earn their diplomas.
“In a world where flashy, cutting-edge, shiny and sexy gets all the attention, we are a team of people that are plodding,” said Poe, the director of WALK. “We...Read more
Apr 16, 2018
Charlottesville Tomorrow won the news sweepstakes for Best Online Publication in Virginia during Saturday evening's annual Virginia Press Association News & Advertising Conference.
Charlottesville Tomorrow received a total of 20 VPA awards for our in-depth community news. The recognition includes ten first place awards, seven of which were for news writing. We are honored to have this recognition and we want...Read more