Lisa Provence

The fire started at Ike's Underground and black smoke spread to the surrounding businesses.
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Fire started at Ike’s Underground under investigation

It was nearing lunchtime on the Downtown Mall when smoke began pouring out of the building that houses Ike’s Underground Vintage Clothing and Strange Cargo, Miso Sweet and Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Next door at OpenQ, CEO Otavio Freire was in his office, which “filled up very quickly with smoke,” he says. “The smoke was […]

Ceilings soar and light floods in Ten Flavors’ new digs in the Treehouse, a space designed for designers.


Elevated space: Inside Oliver’s Treehouse

Oliver Kuttner doesn’t do bland. And he doesn’t like building the same thing over and over. His  latest project, the Treehouse on the corner of Garrett and Second SE streets, is testament to that. “I wanted to do a small building,” he says. “I wanted to make that corner interesting.” The result, beside his Glass […]

After a judge denies the Charlottesville Parking Center’s petition for a third party to run the garage, CPC general manager Dave Norris says there are much bigger challenges facing parking downtown than one garage.
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No emergency: Judge rejects parking center petition for special receiver

A judge heard Charlottesville Parking Center’s emergency petition to appoint a receiver to run the Water Street Garage June 27, three days before the parking center’s contract with the city expired, and he concluded such a move wasn’t justified. “This is an emergency of your own making,” said Judge Rick Moore in Charlottesville Circuit Court. “I […]

Downtown business owners request settlement, not litigation in the matter of the Water Street Garage.
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DBAC urges city and parking center to knock off bully tactics

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville sent a letter to city councilors and Charlottesville Parking Center owner Mark Brown today requesting the city and the CPC “reach a quick agreement on the parking stalemate” over the Water Street Garage and withdraw “extreme threats” such as eminent domain and closing the garage. Mary Beth Schellhammer wrote on […]

Kristin Szakos, above, and Wes Bellamy wrote the resolution on gun control City Council passed June 20. File photo

City Council adopts gun control resolution

Gun control debate dominated the June 20 Charlottesville City Council meeting as members of opposing sides of the issue cited the Second Amendment—“the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”—and the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that victims of gun violence […]

Attorney Jeff Fogel says he received 13 phone calls from African-Americans who said they had been targeted by Albemarle police officer Andrew Holmes.
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‘Outrageous’ search: County argues to drop lawsuit against cop

A federal judge heard Albemarle County’s motion to dismiss three lawsuits that allege Albemarle police officer Andrew Holmes targeted African-American males for unreasonable searches. At the June 20 hearing, Judge Glen Conrad focused on the suit brought by Bianca Johnson and Delmar Canada for a midnight search of their home in 2014 after Holmes ticketed Canada […]

Attorney Tom Wolf explains how the city is moving forward to condemn the Water Street Parking Garage.
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City lawyer: Condemnation of Water Street Garage has begun

How many lawyers does it take to schedule a hearing? Well, if it has anything to do with the highly contentious battle between the city and Mark Brown’s Charlottesville Parking Center, that would be five attorneys in Charlottesville Circuit Court today to set a date for CPC’s petition for the appointment of an emergency receiver. During the hearing, the […]

A generation grew up knowing only the skeleton of Café No Problem. The county, after issuing a stop-work order in 1995, has given the go-ahead for a new 4,000-square-foot restaurant.
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Demolished: Historic eyesore eatery spot gets new day

For more than 20 years, a gutted structure at the intersection of U.S. 250 and 240 near Crozet has stood in mute testimony to the collision of county regulations and an entrepreneurial dream. That era ended June 7, when the remaining shell came down. Current owner Bill McKechnie estimates all traces will be removed by […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

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Surprise resolution: City makes move to buy Water Street Garage

City Council unanimously passed a resolution June 6 authorizing City Manager Maurice Jones to make an offer to buy the parking spaces owned by Charlottesville Parking Center in the Water Street Garage. Both the city and CPC owner Mark Brown have said they are in talks to resolve issues that led to the entities suing […]

Muhammad Ali on the Downtown Mall in 1990.
Photo Bill Emory

American hero: The Greatest remembered in Charlottesville

After Muhammad Ali moved to a farm in Nelson County in 1982, it wasn’t that unusual to spot him on the Downtown Mall, and his local connections remained even after he moved away. The boxing and civil rights legend died June 3 at age 74. Ali planned his funeral several years ago with the help […]

New ACPD Chief Ron Lantz gets pinned by wife Rosanna with the badge that belonged to his predecessor.
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Lantz sworn in as new Albemarle police chief

Albemarle County Police Department got its fifth police chief since the department was formed in 1983 (and second one from Fairfax County) when Ron Lantz was sworn in today at an SRO ceremony that included much of the county brass at the department headquarters . Lantz has been with Albemarle since 2012, and he succeeds […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

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Parking petition: Violet Crown hires PR firm

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville said in April it wasn’t taking sides in the parking wars fueled by litigation between the city and Mark Brown, owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center. That course changed when Violet Crown hired public relations firm Payne Ross, also a DBAC member, which circulated a petition calling for the […]

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Registration pros and cons: GOP sues to keep felons from voting

As if a presidential election year weren’t exciting enough, about a month after Governor Terry McAuliffe signed his April 22 bombshell executive order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons, General Assembly Republican leaders filed a lawsuit to keep them out of the polls. Voter registration has skyrocketed in 2016 from this time a year […]

Ethan Zuckerman walks the small-footprint walk, using recycled Coke kegs for the company’s kombucha, which is sold in reusable bottles.

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Gallo aggrieved: Wine giant sues local kombucha maker

When we last checked in on Barefoot Bucha proprietors Kate and Ethan Zuckerman in November, their probiotic beverage business was going great guns, except for a little trouble with Gallo, which objected to their attempt to register a trademark. The wine goliath feared that drinkers of Barefoot wine would be confused and buy non-alcoholic kombucha […]

Will it stay or will it go? The Albemarle County Office Building could become the general district court in a scenario the Board of Supervisors is considering, with its offices headed 
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On the move: County office relocation plan causes consternation

Squeezed-to-the gills Albemarle courthouses in downtown Charlottesville’s historic Court Square have long been an issue for the county. Last week, the Board of Supervisors ramped up its resolution by commissioning a study to look at moving the general district court to the County Office Building in the former Lane High School, and shipping the offices […]

Ribbon-cutting attendees toured the eight-lane firing ranges, at which law enforcement can practice accuracy at 150 feet. Photo by Ryan Jones

Partners in arms: City, county and UVA cut ribbon on indoor firing range

While it’s not always smooth sailing between the city and county, collaboration was the word of the day as officers and officials from Albemarle, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia gathered May 12 to dedicate a long-in-the-works, state-of-the-art Regional Firearms Training Center. Albemarle County Police had been looking for a shooting range since the 1980s, […]

Mark Lane, photographed in 2012 in his Bellair backyard, holds the manuscript of "Rush to Judgment."
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‘Citizen Lane’ dies at 89

If a major event happened during the 20th century, attorney and civil rights legend Mark Lane likely was there. The man who wrote in 1966 Rush to Judgment, which disputed the Warren Commission conclusions and spawned a conspiracy-theory industry on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, died May 10 at his Charlottesville home at age […]

Two young lovers and two heinous murders: A documentary of the Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering story premieres this summer.

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Soering documentary to premiere at Munich Film Festival

With the success of the podcast “Serial” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” wrongful convictions are a hot topic. Joining the debate is a documentary about one of central Virginia’s most notorious double homicides—and the convicted murderer who has insisted he’s innocent for 30 years. The Promise: The Story of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom heads […]

Former RWSA executive director Tom Frederick and Chair Mike Gaffney inspect the plaque that commemorates their efforts in getting the Ragged Mountain Dam built.

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Reservoir reservations: Critics still question Ragged Mountain plan

Perhaps nothing this century has shaken the Charlottesville area more than the drought of 2002, when carwashes closed, restaurants served on paper plates and the water supply was within 60 days of running out. And perhaps nothing has divided the community more than the multi-year battle waged over the plan to build a 129-foot-tall mega-dam […]

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Downtown Charlottesville sees hotel boom

Between the Corner and downtown Charlottesville, five hotel projects are in the works—and that doesn’t include the recently opened Residence Inn on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire Road, nor Graduate Charlottesville, which opened last year. City and tourism officials say this hotel-building frenzy is an economic windfall for the area and provides […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

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Parking wars: City fires back in Water Street Garage death match

Despite concerns that the Water Street Garage could close should the company that manages it and Charlottesville not resolve their escalating legal battle, the city filed a counterclaim April 29 against Charlottesville Parking Center one day after owner Mark Brown sent a letter urging the city to sell the complicatedly owned garage to him. And […]

General Robert E. Lee: Will he stay or will he go? Blue ribbon commission to advise City Council by the end of the year. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Council okays commission on Lee et al.

City Council unanimously approved a Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces May 2 after a Charlottesville High School student presented a petition to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee and rename Lee Park in March. The nine-member commission will look not only at Confederate monuments like Lee and Stonewall Jackson, […]