Albemarle Supervisors Approve Southwood Rezoning, Allowing Hundreds of New Homes to be Built
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - After hours of discussion Wednesday night, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a rezoning that will allow Habitat for Humanity to build hundreds of new homes at the Southwood Mobile Home Park.
Dozens of people filled the Albemarle County Office Building to show their support for the project. Habitat for Humanity was seeking a rezone from residential to mixed-use, mixed-income.
The board's approval now allows Habitat for Humanity to build 34 units per acre on nearly 34 acres of land. Habitat says the multi-phase project will contain housing for people of all income levels and commercial space for local businesses, all without displacing any current residents during construction.
More than two dozen people showed up to the public hearing, including Southwood residents to show support for the project and described poor conditions at the current site, like old pipes and poor internet access.
"The larger Albemarle County population wants to see Southwood succeed and wants our region to set an example for the rest of the country," said Southwood supporter Annie Stup.
Supervisors hope the developer and Habitat for Humanity come back to the board with more details on things like transportation and storm water damage.
"[Habitat for Humanity] helps so many people and has incredible volunteers around the world," said Albemarle supervisor Norman Dill.
Habitat for Humanity now hopes to break ground on the redevelopment next year and have the first units complete in 2021.