Albemarle Co. Teaming Up with Habitat for Humanity to Revamp Southwood
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County and Habitat for Humanity are hard at work on their mission to revamp the county's Southwood mobile home community.
On Tuesday, June 4, the Albemarle County Planning Commission met with Habitat for Humanity to discuss plans for this revitalization project.
Habitat for Humanity is requesting a change in zoning from residential to mixed use, mixed income.
Southwood currently contains 341 mobile homes, and close to 1,500 residents.
The goal is to upgrade all the housing without displacing anyone who currently lives in the community.
The rezoning would allow Habitat to build up to 34 units per acre on this 32.5-acre property.
“Southwood is a really amazing project largely because the people there are so cool,” Dan Rosensweig, the president and CEO of Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity, said. “We've been working side by side with them for 10 years to develop trust, to help them come up with a plan for their future."
Tuesday's meeting was just a work session, so before anything gets approved there will first have to be a public hearing.
That public hearing is set to take place next month.
Habitat for Humanity hopes to break ground on this project sometime next year.