Area Plan Aims to Boost Charlottesville Economic Development

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Charlottesville City Council is breathing new life into the city. Councilors are targeting certain areas to boost economic development and better the life for people living there. This is a new idea for Charlottesville, one that will require time and money.

It's the first small area plan the city is undertaking. The Strategic Investment Area (SIA) will be a guide City Council can use to focus and direct resources. The target area is south of the downtown mall and dips into the Belmont section of the city.

A study will get underway soon with input from people in the neighborhoods. City councilors say the idea is to improve the quality of life for people living there.

Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin stated, "It's not just about housing. It's not just about streets. It's about grocery stores. It's about parks. It's about job creation because this area in particular has some of the highest poverty in the city."

Council will get a full report from the consultant with an action plan late this summer or early fall.

Two meetings are planned to talk about the SIA. The first is Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Crescent Hall. The other one is Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 at the Sixth Street Community Building.

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