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Cville Council: West Main Apartments, Mall Improvements, School Grants

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The proposal for a mixed housing development on West Main Street is moving forward. Wednesday night, Charlottesville City Council approved a special use permit for a proposed apartment complex on the corner of West Main and Roosevelt Brown Boulevard.

Council approved the complex. The developer will now have to complete a traffic study to make sure construction does not impact the operation of the heliport at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Also on the agenda Wednesday night was an update on downtown mall initiatives. The city created work groups ranging from safety to beautification to develop recommendations for the mall, and Wednesday night those recommendations were presented to council. Some include installing security cameras, adding more police officers, creating a permanent kiosk, adding more plants on the mall and adding free movies after dark in the pavilion.

Council also approved more than $175,000 in grant money for Charlottesville City Schools. The funds come from a Virginia Department of Transportation grant program called Safe Routes to School. It will fund the construction of curb extensions, new crosswalks, and new sidewalks along Monticello Avenue near Clark Elementary School.

This was the first of two readings. Council will make the final approval at its next meeting.

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