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Mall Developers Compromise to Reduce Environmental Impact

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The people in Albemarle concerned about the proposed Fifth Street Station Mall's effect on the environment are celebrating some major gains.

This week, representatives for the proposed mall's developers met with people who live in the nearby Willoughby neighborhood and environmental groups, including the Rivanna Conservation Society and the Rivanna River Basin Commission.

The developers have agreed to reduce the proposed fill-in areas along Moore's Creek by 75 percent, and stabilize the Avon Landfill.

"There was initial concern that this new facility, this big development would come in and add more pollution - that's always a potential - so I think the very fact that they're aware of the concerns, that the landowner is aware and willing to address it, is a really good sign," said Robbi Savage of the Rivanna Conservation Society.    

The developers also agreed to stabilize Moore's Creek, located upstream from the Willoughby neighborhood. 

Neighbors are pleased with the changes, but hope the developers will consider stabilizing the creek on both sides along the Willoughby neighborhood as well.

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