CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Plans for a mixed-use apartment and retail space in Downtown Charlottesville are taking a step forward. On Tuesday night, the planning commission voted three-to-two to approve a special use permit for a mixed-use building near the Blue Moon Diner on West Main Street

The permit will allow up to 55 residential units and commercial space. The commission says it is holding the developer accountable by requiring he provide a detailed protection plan to help preserve the historic buildings nearby.

"To prepare a protective plan to be followed by all persons performing within the development site that shall include seismic monitoring or other specific monitoring measures of the adjacent property,” said Planning Commissioner Jody Lahendro.

City councilors will have the final say on the project. Right now, there is no word on when the special use permit will go in front of them.