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April 2011: Real Estate

April 2011: Real Estate

In an oscillating real estate market, knowing how much a property is worth is nothing short of a strategic masterpiece. Many factors—such as real estate assessment, market value analysis, area comparables and a seller’s motivation—go into finally deciding that a one-story ranch in Charlottesville’s Rose Hill neighborhood could be listed for around $290,000. On most […]

Picking season

Picking season

For 17 years, the Charlottesville City Market has been held at the city-owned Water Street parking lot. But with 80 hopeful vendors currently on the waiting list for slots, the market’s site is bursting at its seams. The Charlottesville City Market task force wants to find a permanent site with double the space currently available […]

Martha Jefferson addresses merger concerns

Martha Jefferson addresses merger concerns

In late September, Martha Jefferson Hospital (MJH) announced a merger with Sentara—a large, not-for-profit health care system based in Norfolk, Virginia. Sentara, which generated $1.7 billion in revenue in 2009, operates eight hospitals throughout the state and serves more than 2 million patients. Between a merger with a larger not-for-profit and an impending move to […]

A balance of power

A balance of power

In the weeks since a pair of natural disasters compromised nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, locals looked to Louisa County’s North Anna Nuclear Power Plant, located 30 miles from Charlottesville, and asked whether a similar catastrophe could occur. Dominion Power spokesman Ric Zuercher says a nuclear power plant like North Anna (pictured), 30 […]

Wheels keep on turning

Wheels keep on turning

Want to make things easier for local bike commuters? You might have to get behind the Meadow Creek Parkway. At least on paper, the controversial, 40-plus-year Charlottesville-Albemarle connector is a biker’s dream: designated bike paths, pedestrian trails and lush, green scenery. For Caroline Laco, who commutes from her home behind Fashion Square Mall to Harris […]

Former Albemarle Place awaits start

Former Albemarle Place awaits start

A long-awaited development slated for the corner of Hydraulic Road and Route 29 North in Albemarle County is officially ready for construction. The Shops at Stonefield—the 1.2 million square-foot development formerly known as Albemarle Place —will break ground in the coming months, according to its developer, Edens & Avant. However, a formal date has not […]