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Coal Tower on E. Water Street Could Soon Receive Renovations

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Just seven coal towers remain in Virginia Just seven coal towers remain in Virginia
Developers around the area want to incorporate the tower into the site plan Developers around the area want to incorporate the tower into the site plan
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

One of the last coal towers in Virginia is right here in Charlottesville and it could soon be getting a face-lift.

The coal tower on East Water Street is in need of some maintenance. It was built in 1942 and completely abandoned in 1986 when diesel trains started to replace coal trains.

Developers are figuring out how to incorporate the coal tower into the site of row houses being built in the area.

On Tuesday, July 17, the Board of Architectural Review deferred the application so board members can gather more information. Developers want to put a park underneath the tower, preserve the structure, and incorporate some history.

"That street since we opened it is highly utilized by pedestrians,” says Ashley Davies, a land use planner at Williams Mullen. “So I think that it’s just a great way as folks are walking along to the mall they can learn something and kind of be a part of that landscape.”

This is one of just seven coal towers left in the state.

The developer is now planning to do a little more research on the project to figure out what structures were original and what can be removed in the future.

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