City Council Approves Student Housing Complex, Tree Ordinance

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A new housing project for students at the University of Virginia now has the green light. Charlottesville City Council approved the application for the 6-story building. Council approved the project in a 4-1 vote. Dede Smith voted 'no.'

Now West Main Street will be home to a privately owned student housing complex targeting UVA students. The approved special use permit is for the complex 'The Standard.' The 189-unit student housing building will be built in place of what is now the Republic Plaza.

The project will have retail space facing West Main Street. Developers say they will work on providing jobs to people who live in Charlottesville in both retail and the construction phase.

“We'll hold jobs fairs probably a couple of them throughout the life of the project to try to engage local sub-contractors and work with local firms,” said Jon Williams, developer.

Councilors say The Standard will fit in well since it is near another student housing building.

Council also approved an ordinance that would protect certain trees in Charlottesville. The ordinance would make it illegal to deface or remove trees classified as historic, specimen, street, or memorial. Violators would face a civil penalty of up to $2,500.

Council was also supposed to take up Meadowbrook Flats - another student housing area. That has been deferred to the November 18 meeting.