CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville city councilors have signed off on a plan to bring dozens of more housing units and retail space to downtown. On Monday night, city council voted to approve a special use permit for Phase Two of the Heirloom West Main Development.

The development would feature up to 55 residential units and commercial space at the site next to University Tire & Auto Center in the 600 block of West Main Street.

The project previously faced concerns over the potential impact of construction on the nearby historical annex of First Baptist Church. The developer has since created a protective plan to monitor the building during construction.


Also, Charlottesville City Councilors are looking at ways to help some of the city's most vulnerable populations. On Monday night, the council approved changes to the city's Rental Relief and Real Estate Tax Relief programs for the elderly and disabled.

The ordinance changes will increase the maximum allowable cost for rental units and the maximum income threshold for homeowners. Some councilors believed the previous ordinances were outdated and these updates could mean an increase in benefits.


At the same meeting, Charlottesville City Council approved to appropriate more than $200,000 to the program Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. That program is part of a community effort that helps people with HIV or AIDS get stable housing.

The grant comes from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Monday night's approval extends the program through June 30, 2020.


On Monday night, Charlottesville City Council allocated $792,000 to Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP).

VSH will receive $750,000 to go to the crossings two project. That development would create 80 affordable housing units in the area of Avon Street and Levy Avenue.

The reaming $42,000 will help AHIP make emergency repairs for some of the city's lower-income homeowners.