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Council Talks West Main Development, AHIP Funding & More

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Charlottesville City Council met Monday night to discuss everything from streetscape developments to stormwater.

Members of a Charlottesville church on West Main Street filled City Council chambers Monday night to take a stand against more development along the road. Councilors responded saying they have to take a more comprehensive look at those projects.

According to gowestmain.com, a city-led project is being planned make a variety of streetscape improvements along the corridor - but church members say the plans will limit their service in this community. Members of the First Baptist Church congregation stood to support their stance against further work on West Main Street.

The project spotlights items including better connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods, beautifying the area, and consideration of parking alternatives - but the First Baptist Pastor Hodari Hamilton spoke out asking City Council to consider the church's 150-year legacy.

“All of the pastors, and all of the people, and all of the members who have made major differences in this community and asked you to think about what will happen if we do not have parking space, our church will cease to exist. If we do not have a way for members to travel, our church will cease to exist,” said Hamilton.

A business owner on West Main Street also spoke out during the public comment section, saying there was no need for these so-called improvements.

Also on Monday, City Councilors unanimously approved to allocate more than $600,000 to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) the upcoming year. This review comes a year after AHIP started its pilot program dedicated to renovating homes in need of repairs.

The nonprofit has spent the last year helping people who live around 10th and Page Street in Charlottesville. They hope to continue those renovations and expand to other parts of the city.

Council also discussed amendments to the stormwater ordinance to make sure it complies with state code.

The city's police chief also gave council an update on operations at the end of Monday night’s session.

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