Architectural Review Board Calls for Removal of Skybar Tent
The Commonwealth Skybar's profile on the downtown mall may soon change. Charlottesville's Board of Architectural Review (BAR) says the restaurant and bar's rooftop tent has to come down – and they have requested it be dismantled before the end of this month.
BAR says it passed new guidelines for tents and that the Skybar hasn't submitted an application for approval of its tent, but just submitting an application might not save it.
BAR member Michael Osteen doesn't think any tents are appropriate at that location.
"I, in general, you know, don't think that tents that hang off the upper floor of buildings are really something that is really that appropriate or that I want to see," said Michael Osteen, BAR member.
Osteen pointed out that the city did approve another tent in front of Horse and Hound Gastropub, but that tent is not on the downtown mall and not on a roof.
The city's new design guidelines explicitly state they do allow tents on rooftops, even in historic downtown Charlottesville. The owners of Skybar wouldn't tell us whether they will tear down the tent.