August 11, 2015
Two issues awaiting Charlottesville’s new planning director are the future of the Belmont Bridge and potential mismatches between city zoning and citizen expectations for future building heights downtown. Last week, Alexander Ikefuna was named director of the city’s department of neighborhood development services. He replaces Jim Tolbert, who ...
May 09, 2014
Charlottesville citizens had a second chance Thursday to ask questions about two competing visions for the replacement of the deteriorating Belmont Bridge. The City Council will hold a public hearing June 16 to decide whether to build an “enhanced” bridge or construct an underpass to carry motorists, pedestrians and cyclists ...
November 17, 2013
A volunteer group formed to advise the Charlottesville City Council on the design of public infrastructure has recommended that an “enhanced” Belmont Bridge be more narrow and should encourage economic development of immediately adjacent land. “Developing a scheme that integrates those properties into the bridge is critical to making things ...
September 16, 2013
A proposal to replace the Belmont Bridge with an underpass that would travel below the CSX railroad would cost nearly twice as much as building another bridge, according to a report from Charlottesville staff. The bridge would cost just under $15 million, whereas the underpass option would cost $27.3 ...
May 23, 2013
A new 26-home development in Belmont has finally got the go-ahead, just two months after being sent back to Charlottesville's Planning Commission. The City Council voted 3-2 early Tuesday morning to approve a rezoning for the project, which will extend Stonehenge Avenue to Quarry Road. The neighborhood originally was ...
April 16, 2013
Charlottesville's City Council indicated Monday that a new 26-home development in Belmont is moving in the right direction to get its support for a rezoning. Councilors could not support Andrew Baldwin’s request when they last considered it in March and sent the application back to the Planning Commission ...
April 15, 2013
The Charlottesville City Council will consider Monday night whether to grant a rezoning for one of the last areas of open space in Belmont. Developer Andrew Baldwin is seeking a rezoning to “planned unit development" for a 5.8-acre property north of Quarry Park. Last week, the Planning Commission recommended ...
March 01, 2013
It was the Belmont/Carlton neighborhood’s turn to be heard Thursday night at Charlottesville’s second town hall meeting of the year. The meeting, a part of the “Our Town Charlottesville” series, was held at Clark Elementary School. The forums will rotate throughout the city, said Miriam Dickler, the ...
December 21, 2012
Members of a team that won a design contest earlier this year to come up with new ideas for the replacement of the Belmont Bridge have expressed concern that they were not contacted to help turn their entry into a reality. The winning entry in the Project Gait-Way contest imagined ...
December 13, 2012
For over 100 years, a bridge has carried pedestrians and vehicles over the railroad tracks that travel south of Charlottesville’s downtown area. A team of architects hired by the city to imagine a new vision for the bridge have proposed that the city lower Avon Street under the railroad ...
August 15, 2012
The developer of a 5.5-acre property in Charlottesville’s Belmont neighborhood deferred a rezoning application Tuesday after the city Planning Commission indicated they would not approve it. Baldwin Development is seeking a rezoning to “planned unit development” to build 29 homes north of Quarry Road. However, commissioners said the ...