5/15/12 * Cville Weekly [full story]
The fact that the properties at 301 and 315 West Main Street are again before the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review this week for renewed demolition approval isn’t surprising.
The West Main Street parcel at the corner of Ridge McIntire, owned by three generations of the Mooney family, has been on the market for about $4 million for years, and a sale to Marriott Hotels is considered imminent—a proposed site plan for a 70-foot building on the spot went before the BAR in April.
But the development of the old auto sale and repair site, spared in the razing of Vinegar Hill in the 1960s, has developed a new life and character in the hands of its entrepreneurial tenants in recent years. Even as discussion of how to move development on the historically overlooked West Main corridor continues, some are worried that the loss of the creative startup culture that has helped boost vitality in the area may be the price of progress marching on.