Search: Melanie Miller
August 16, 2017
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review held a preliminary discussion about the Belmont Bridge Tuesday. The conceptual designs presented by consultant Kimley-Horn were the culmination of over 30,000 individual data points collected from community meetings, surveys and the Belmont Bridge project website. Board members shared concerns about the project ...
August 14, 2017
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review wants the developer of a proposed eight-story building on Water Street to eliminate parking in the structure in favor of commercial space. “I have a problem with the parking situation and think forcing this building to have parking is kind of crazy,” said BAR ...
July 23, 2017
Do people need more places to sit freely on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall? What stake do businesses on the mall have in the locations of benches? How can seating decisions make the mall more inclusive? These questions are being asked and answered by local government and business leaders. Amid conflicting ...
July 10, 2017
The Charlottesville City Council has upheld a decision to deny a request for a wireless antenna on a historic building on the Corner, but members want city staff to find a way to accommodate future requests. “I want to find a solution here that addresses our growing technology needs,” said ...
June 20, 2017
Design panel sees plan that includes additional stories The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review heard details Tuesday on how the developer of the Dewberry Charlottesville hotel plans to add more floors to what has been previously known as the Landmark Hotel. “They are proposing three additional stories or levels added ...
April 18, 2017
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review on Tuesday unanimously approved demolition of the Main Street Arena. In a separate vote, the board also approved the destruction of the building housing Escafe, though that vote was not unanimous. The connected properties are located within the Downtown Architectural Design Control district and ...
January 18, 2017
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review took several actions at their first regular meeting of the year Tuesday, including approving a landscape plan for the West 2nd building on Water Street. “They’ve done the utility work and are getting ready to build it,” said Mary Joy Scala, the city ...
December 06, 2016
The western end of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall has been officially designated as Vinegar Hill Park. Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Committee has spent much of the last four years planning a new park to memorialize Vinegar Hill, a predominantly African-American neighborhood and business district that the city razed in 1964 ...
September 03, 2016
As Charlottesville’s West Main Street continues to attract investment in new buildings, the recently completed Uncommon is the latest contribution to the corridor’s architectural identity. “I don’t believe in the town of Thomas Jefferson that everything needs to mimic Jefferson,” said Melanie Miller, chairwoman of the city ...
September 01, 2016
Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Committee hopes to make the history of Vinegar Hill more visible downtown. Vinegar Hill was once the site of a predominantly African-American residential neighborhood and business district. Charlottesville residents voted to raze most of the neighborhood in the early 1960s in the name of urban renewal ...
January 21, 2016
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has granted permission for a developer to remove portions of two historic buildings on West Main, but members want more information before approving the size and shape of a new six-story building there. “This just seems a little bit too much of maxing [the ...
August 22, 2014
A prominent downtown wall is slated to join the ranks of public art pieces in Charlottesville. The Board of Architectural Review unanimously approved a bike-themed mural that the Charlottesville Mural Project is scheduled to complete by this fall. “In general, I think this [mural] would add to the vibrancy of ...
March 21, 2014
Developers of a bar and restaurant on West Main Street hope to open in a new student apartment complex by the time University of Virginia students return this fall. However, the project faced a setback earlier this week when it came before the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review. World of ...
July 26, 2013
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review could suggest to the City Council that some clear plastic tents used by local restaurants be prohibited. Tents on rooftops or tents at street level blocking the façades of buildings that are contributing historic structures would not be approved if the council adopts ...
April 17, 2013
The tent over the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar’s rooftop patio may be sent back to storage this month. The city of Charlottesville has requested the tent’s removal because of the restaurant’s failure to resolve issues raised by the Board of Architectural Review when the owners applied for a ...
February 03, 2013
The community mustered just enough people to match the dozen staff from the city of Charlottesville at a recent public outreach forum on the draft Comprehensive Plan. Those who came had questions answered on topics such as plans for arts and culture, the city market, zoning and transportation. Assembled at ...
October 18, 2012
The City of Charlottesville has new design guidelines in place for seasonal restaurant tents. However, the first applicant to come before the Board of Architectural Review on Tuesday left empty-handed after learning that no ordinary tent is going to get approved. In addition, city staff said three other city restaurants ...
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