The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is restarting talks about a controversial police firing range. After many concerns about building the range near the Old Keene Landfill, Wednesday the board agreed on a new location: the Milton site owned by the University of Virginia.
Both the Board of Supervisors and the Police Department agree that the 172-acre property is the best option. The Milton site option was the only one presented to the Board of Supervisors Wednesday afternoon.
The site borders the Rivanna River and is just seven miles from the Albemarle County Police Station. It currently has an outdoor firing range that is used by the University of Virginia but will be replaced by a larger indoor one for police use.
Both police and the Board of Supervisors agree that, as of right now, this is the best option - and can be used for joint training opportunities.
"The site location is carefully thought out and I think it's a good, centrally located site for Albemarle County, UVA and the Charlottesville Police Department. Centrally located to all three jurisdictions and close into town, I think it's a great site," said Col. Steve Sellers with Albemarle County Police.
Building the range is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million - but yearly operating costs have not yet been determined. The Police Department will now work on finalizing a lease agreement with UVA and will also start seeking feedback from the public.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to get an update on the project in October.
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