CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Construction of new downtown townhouses could begin in late fall this year.
Eric Woolley of Woolley Engineering and Eleventh Street Partners has submitted a preliminary site plan which includes ten townhouses along East Market Street and 11th Street NE.
Construction could take a year.
The project would also include streetscape improvements and new sidewalks.
The aim of the project is to bring a new high quality and environmentally friendly residential offer to the city centre.
“It’s extremely exciting for our team to be able to grow in Charlottesville, especially downtown in a great neighborhood,” said Keith Payne, one of the owners.
The preliminary site plan will be administratively approved by City staff as the proposed use is de jure with no rezoning or special use permits required.
However, city staff cannot approve the preliminary site plan until Charlottesville City Council acts on a related matter. The project involves the closure of a paper alley, which requires council action.
“City council does not approve closing the lane, it wouldn’t necessarily preclude approval of the current development, but we would need to make design changes in response to their action,” Woolley said.
The staff development review team is currently reviewing the preliminary site plan and subdivision applications.