Albemarle County is getting ready to undergo some big changes. New construction is revving up on Pantops, Scottsville has a new Boys & Girls Club, and the housing voucher program is changing hands.
Supervisors had a busy meeting Wednesday. It was the last step in a long journey for the Boys & Girls Club to provide after-school services to students in southern Albemarle County.
"Everyone is so delighted. It was probably a two-year project to raise the private funds that were needed,” said Albemarle County Supervisor Jane Dittmar.
The county approved the donation of a building to the organization, ensuring they will be able to open starting June 15. Now, around 100 students in southern Albemarle, Fluvanna and Buckingham counties will be able to attend the program for only $35 a year.
"We as a county couldn't do it for that cost. The Boys & Girls Club was able to do that for citizens actually in other locations in the county and now we're in business near Scottsville,” Dittmar said.
In the Pantops area, supervisors also unanimously approved the construction of several new businesses. Later this year, what’s now a mound of dirt is going to become the new 10,500-square-foot home of Jersey Mike's subs, Chipotle, and a drive-through Starbucks.
The supervisors also absorbed a housing voucher program from the Piedmont Housing Alliance, hopefully making it more efficient and effective.
"It's going to be a benefit to us. Hopefully it will be a benefit to the participants who have those vouchers that we will be able to do some things like home visits for people who can't come out,” said Ronnie White, chief of the Albemarle County Housing Department.
The county housing department does want to stress that people using that voucher service won't see any changes in the way it normally operates, with the benefit of getting home visits if needed.