West Main Street

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West Main Street is the signed portion of Business Route 250 through Charlottesville connecting the University of Virginia to Downtown.

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History

West Main Street has historically been a major corridor throughout Charlottesville and was part of the Three Notch'd Road. The road was first macadamized in 1895. [1]

James Dinsmore, Thomas Jefferson's building manager, built several brick townhomes on the street in the early 19th century. The road's economic development fortunes took a turn for the positive when the Virginia Central Railroad built tracks alongside. [2]

The road became a core of Charlottesville's African-American community and several important churches as well as the Jefferson School. In the 1930's, automobile dealers opened showrooms on the road, all of which were gone by the end of the 20th century. [2]

West Main is home to the city's Starr Hill neighborhood.

21st Century Redevelopment

When the city adopted a new zoning ordinance in 2003, parcels of land along the corridor were upzoned in order to allow for more density and taller buildings.

A design plan by the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd serves as the blueprint to guide development on West Main.

The area is sometimes referred to by residents and businesses as Midtown. The Midtown Association holds an annual street fair. [3]

Buildings along the road are subject to the West Main Street Architectural Design Control District. [2]

Route 250 continues west on Ivy Road and east on Ridge Street.

The street has a high walkability score. [4]

There have been many discussions over the years of creating a new a streetcar line to the corridor. [5]

Changes since 2012

In September 2012, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved the demolition of the Blake Center at the corner of West Main and Jefferson Park Avenue. [6]

Flats at West Village

Plans for the Flats at West Village were filed with the city in the fall of 2012. [7] Construction began in 2013 with an anticipated completion date of August 2014.

Marriott Residence Inn

In June 2012 the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review granted partial approval to a new hotel to be built on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire. The hotel, which would be a Marriott Residence Inn, requires only site plan approval from the BAR in order to move forward with the project. [8] Their approval was granted in June 2013. [9]

The Standard

In August 2013, the BAR voted to approve a demolition permit for Republic Plaza to make way for another big-box residential development that would be called The Standard. [10]

1000 West Main Street

Plans for another student housing complex at 1000 West Main Street were submitted to the city in October 2013. [11]

West Main Study

The city hired Rhodeside & Harwell to conduct a land-use study and streetscape for the corridor. The direction was set in part by the PLACE Design Task Force at their meeting on November 2012. [12] City Council agreed to spend $350,000 on the project in February 2013. [13]

The study began in October 2013 with a walking tour of the corridor. [14]

Businesses and organizations


References

  1. Web. Charlottesville Urban Design and Affordable Housing, Kenneth A. Schwarz, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, retrieved November 29, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Web. West Main Street ADC District, City of Charlottesville, retrieved March 29, 2012.
  3. Web. Street cred: West Main relaxes, David McNair, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, September 10, 2011, retrieved March 29, 2012. Print. September 15, 2011 , 1037, .
  4. Web. [1], Walk Score, retrieved March 29, 2012.
  5. Web. A streetcar for West Main, Sean Tubbs & Kendall Singleton, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 31, 2008, retrieved March 12, 2012.
  6. Web. Building at JPA-West Main intersection to come down, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 12, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  7. Web. Major University housing and mixed-use project coming to West Main, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 3, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  8. Web. New West Main hotel gets partial approval from BAR, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 25, 2012, retrieved June 25, 2012.
  9. Web. New West Main hotel wins BAR approval, Claudia Elzey, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 19, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  10. Web. Republic Plaza slated for demolition to clear way for six story building, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 19, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  11. Web. Third student housing complex proposed for West Main, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 20, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  12. Web. PLACE task force considers West Main and Belmont Bridge, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 9, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  13. Web. City to jumpstart West Main improvements, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 24, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
  14. Web. West Main study begins with tour of changing corridor, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 24, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.

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