In brief: Basketball hair, parking layoffs and more

Cavaliers Kyle Guy and London Perrantes are Hoos with the 'dos.
Photos Matt Riley Cavaliers Kyle Guy and London Perrantes are Hoos with the ‘dos. Photos Matt Riley

What about London Perrantes?

The New York Post said first-year Hoo Kyle Guy has the best hairdo in college basketball for his man bun/top knot hybrid, but Perrantes’ high-top fade is pretty impressive, too.

ACC bummer

The Cavs exited the tournament in the quarterfinals March 9 after losing 58-71 to Notre Dame. But UVA got a nod and a No. 5 seed from the NCAA, and will play No. 12 seed UNC-Wilmington March 16.

“A five-seed is nothing to scoff at.”

—UVA basketball coach Tony Bennett

Kill bills

The General Assembly laid to rest 1,355 of the 2,335 bills introduced in the 2017 session. Of those killed, more than half—777—died with no recorded votes, according to Virginia Public Access Project. That’s better than last year, when 73 percent disappeared without a trace of how legislators voted.

Bell’s run

Photo: Amy Jackson
Rob Bell. Photo Amy Jackson

Republican Delegate Rob Bell said he’ll seek a ninth term in the General Assembly. First-timer Kellen Squire, an ER nurse who lives in Barboursville, quietly announced a run as a Dem and is the first since 2009 to challenge Bell in the 58th District.

Parking war casualties

Charlottesville Parking Center laid off seven employees following the announcement that Atlanta-based Lanier Parking will manage the Market Street Garage. CPC was disqualified from bidding on the contract, says GM Dave Norris. “The city was playing politics with Mark Brown trying to get one up on him.” The laid-off employees could be hired by Lanier, he adds.

Office space

DTMall_StaffPhotoThe Downtown Mall is probably the first place you’d take an out-of-town friend, shop for a quirky gift and snag a bite to eat because it’s a good mix of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. But, believe it or not, the majority of space on the mall is uncharted territory for the public—offices. C-VILLE’s office is there. Author John Grisham looks out from a second-floor space and, among others, Borrowed & Blue, Silverchair Information Systems, WillowTree and Merkle (formerly RKG) are all on the mall.

Here’s how the business mix breaks down:

31% office

22% retail

18% condo/apartment

7% restaurant

22% other

Happening places

Of the 190 storefronts on the Downtown Mall, only 1.05 percent are vacant, which is lower than the peak vacancy rate of 9 percent in both July 2009 and January 2010 during the recession, and the current national average of 9.6 percent. As you can see from the list on the right, other shopping centers in town are on par.

Preston Plaza: 0% vacant

Seminole Square: 0% vacant

Downtown Mall: 1.05% vacant

The Corner: 1.61% vacant

McIntire Plaza: 2.17% vacant

Barracks Road Shopping Center: 4.71% vacant

All together, Charlottesville’s January vacancy rate was 1.78 percent, the lowest since the city began its biannual vacancy study almost a decade ago.

All figures provided by the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development