CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - More steps for a big affordable housing project are one step closer to becoming a reality.

Charlottesville City Council approved phases two and three for Dairy Central at its meeting on Monday, July 2.

The applicant asked council for a special-use permit to allow the developers - Stony Point Design/Build - to increase density on the site.

The project at the corner of Preston and Grady avenues would be a mixed-use complex and include apartments, offices, and retail space.

Councilors approved the permit 4-1 with the stipulations that the applicant follow conditions passed by the planning commission.