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Pantops Community Raises Concerns over Proposed Development

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Shimp answered questions from the public on Nov. 7 Shimp answered questions from the public on Nov. 7
Developer Justin Shimp Developer Justin Shimp
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville community members are expressing their concerns over a proposed mixed-use development near the bottom of Pantops Mountain.

On Wednesday, November 7, developer Justin Shimp met with a handful of community members in an effort to quell some of their concerns about a proposed residential and commercial property at 901 River Road.

Shimp is looking to build a 54-unit apartment building with 40 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units.

Plans call for a small commercial storage facility on the parcel of land as well.

The spot allows for 45 units by-right, so Shimp will need a special-use permit for the extra units as well as the storage facility.

Community members are raising concerns about a large apartment complex adding too much congestion to an area they say is already too congested, but Shimp assures them this new complex will be a major upgrade.

“This'll be a very dramatic change,” Shimp said. “They’re very attractive buildings, both the storage building and the residential building, and, yeah, it’ll fundamentally change that corner. I think it’ll sort of be a catalyst for additional development in that corridor.”

Neighbors are also concerned about a lack of parking, but Shimp says that at more than one parking spot per bedroom, the 70 he plans to provide should be more than enough.

This project is expected to come before the city planning commission in January, and Shimp is encouraging all concerned community members to come share their thoughts with planners at that meeting.

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