4/24/12 * Cville Weekly [full story]
One of the largest plots of undeveloped city-owned land near Downtown—long used as a dumping ground for fill dirt and debris—is slated to become a new 47-unit mixed-income neighborhood, ushered into being by a builder-nonprofit partnership that some say is a model for the future of low-income and public housing development in Charlottesville.
In a hearing last week, City Council expressed initial support for a joint proposal from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and Southern Development to clear and build on the 3.5-acre lot on Elliott Avenue next to the old Oakwood Cemetery. The city has debated selling off the parcel for years, said Neighborhood Development Services Director Jim Tolbert. Last spring, the city met with residents to talk about what they would want to see on the site—no high-rises, sustainable design, appropriate density—and the city started requesting proposals in October.