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Plans for New Student Housing Facing Criticism

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Plans to put a student housing project on West Main Street are facing more criticism.

Members of Charlottesville's Board of Architectural Review are concerned that construction for "The Standard" is not in line with the surrounding historic district. "The Standard" is a proposed 189-unit building that would be near a similar project that is already underway.

Despite concerns, some people in the area say the developments are necessary.

"I think a majority of the historic feel is downtown on the mall. Once you cross this bridge, it's more of the University area. I think we need to have them combined. I think it would be better for the students and the faculty and the residents to interact with one another. I think it's fair for both of us," said James Nowell, Charlottesville native.

Although the board expressed concerns at a recent joint meeting with the planning commission, members also say the issue could be addressed if the size of the project is scaled down.

The planning commission and City Council will address the special use permit request next month. 

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