The redevelopment plan for 330 acres in Charlottesville is taking shape and is on its way to City Council for approval.
The plan is for an entirely new neighborhood that extends from the downtown mall around the IX warehouse complex. The plan is called the Strategic Investment Area Plan or SIA. It is part of a new vision for Charlottesville's future.
It takes 330 acres from east of the downtown mall to south of Elliott Avenue and creates new neighborhoods, new affordable housing and new jobs. The plan is the product of a year's worth of meetings with city officials and Charlottesville residents.
SIA is a 15- to 20-year plan of incremental changes that architect Lee Quill says will move people only temporarily.
"We are talking about a mixed neighborhood that keeps the neighborhood intact. We are only talking about moving a block or two - if you live there now - over a long period of time," said Quill.
The plan includes a plan for collecting and cleansing stormwater and creating a neighborhood for businesses and mixed income housing.
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has approved this plan. City Council will review at its next meeting in February.
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