All but one Charlottesville city councilor — the mayor — voted Monday to approve a special-use permit for a major downtown development project nearly derailed earlier this year when three councilors voted against it.
The approval allows West2nd developer Keith O. Woodard to proceed with the Water Street project featuring residential, retail and office space as well as a plaza to serve as the City Market’s permanent home.
City code and the conditional permit require eight affordable housing units in the building, but Councilor Wes Bellamy and developer representatives say there instead will be 16 affordable housing units built on Harris Street. According to a memorandum of understanding — approved on a separate 4-1 vote, also with Mayor Nikuyah Walker dissenting — the city will subsidize the affordable housing units. It is currently unclear how much it will cost the city to do so.