Rain eases water shortage fears

A week of wet weather eased Charlottesville’s water woes—at least for the moment—and replenished receding reservoirs. Thomas Frederick, director of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, said, “We’re full. The reservoirs are running at capacity,” including the Ragged Mountain and Sugar Hollow reservoirs, which were seven inches below normal last month.    The dry spell prompted […]

Woodard waits, Atwood gets go-ahead

Woodard waits, Atwood gets go-ahead

Keith Woodard’s plans for a massive nine-storey project on the Downtown Mall are still in limbo, while another nine-storey development on Water Street is sailing through the City approval process.    Woodard wants to revamp the Mall by adding a full city block of mixed-use commercial space (80 residential units and 180 below-ground public parking spaces) […]

Departing Councilors have their last hurrah

It looks like outgoing Councilors Rob Schilling and Blake Caravati are leaving City Council on good terms. At least Charlottesvillians better hope so, because Mayor David Brown just gave them keys to the city. The ever-jocular Caravati quipped: “Now that they’ve given us keys, they’ll probably change the locks.”    Judging from their farewell remarks on […]

hospitality house needs more space

“They\’re not here to see Monticello,” Kay Ward says of Hospitality House guests. Trauma, sickness and ongoing medical treatment in family members, not history, bring visitors to the UVA Medical Center facility. Demand has become so steep, in fact, that the hospital is soliciting proposals for approximately 9,800 square feet of rentable space to expand the affordable accommodations Hospitality House provides patients\’ family members. Increasingly, outpatients use Hospitality House, as well.

City working on property tax relief

New legislation from the General Assembly gives Charlottesville\’s City Council more power to assist local homeowners with skyrocketing property taxes. Councilors are currently working out the details of the new tax relief program—so far, though, local homeowners shouldn\’t expect too much help.

Council overturns bar in Rugby

“Yeah! Way to go!” cheered Rick Jones on the news that City Council gave his company, Management Services Corporation, the go-ahead for a new student apartment complex near the Corner. The Board of Architectural Review had denied MSC the right to build the 28-unit Sadler Court Apartments at 225-227 14th St. NW. Jones appealed, and on Monday, May 15, City Council overruled the BAR’s decision.

North Pointe vote delayed

Last-minute tweaks to Great Eastern Management's plans for the 269-acre North Pointe development will delay a vote on the controversial project until next month.

“Living wage” protesters forced to apologize

“Living wage” protesters forced to apologize

UVA fourth-year Blake Marvin and Assistant Dean of Students David Bynes initiated a case against the 17 “living wage” student protesters (arrested April 15 after a four-day sit-in in Madison Hall failed to secure $10.72 an hour for UVA’s lowest paid employees). Marvin’s complaint to the University Judiciary Committee cited the students’ unauthorized entry into a UVA facility, intentional disruption or obstruction of operations [at UVA] and failure to comply with directions of UVA officials—all violations of the Student Code of Conduct.