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Jefferson School Project Moving Forward

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Plans for the Jefferson School include a heritage center and a cafe run by JABA. Plans for the Jefferson School include a heritage center and a cafe run by JABA.

Plans are moving forward for the redevelopment of the Jefferson School in Charlottesville.

Right now a public-private partnership is working to transform the old building into a multi-purpose space that will house the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and a number of non-profits.

Tuesday, the city's planning commission gave its support to a zoning change that will allow the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) to run a cafe at the site.

"The JABA cafe is going to serve the local community," said L.J. Lopez, development manager with Stonehaus who is managing the project. "They're going to operate lunchtime hours, and they're going to provide local organic food to Charlottesville residents."

The goal is to have shovels in the ground on the project by the end of the year.

Reported by Keith McGilvery
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