Public Hearing on Permit for West Main Street Development

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The Charlottesville Planning Commission approved with conditions plans for a proposed high density development along West Main Street.

The group held a public hearing on a special use permit Tuesday evening.  The developers need the permit to increase the density and height of two proposed buildings for what they call "The Plaza at West Main Street."

The buildings would house 219 residential units, almost 12,000 square feet of commercial space and three levels of underground parking.

Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos said, "One of the things we're looking at and have been looking at for several years is to make that region more vibrant and more active, so we can have both residents and businesses and people coming back and forth the city and the university."

The developer says traffic in the area will decrease by 15 percent because the University of Virginia students that would live there would likely walk, bike, or use transit. 

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