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| purpose =Relieve congestion on Route 29 and the Route 29/Hydraulic Road intersection
 
| purpose =Relieve congestion on Route 29 and the Route 29/Hydraulic Road intersection
| status-desc = The Daily Progress reported on [http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/local_govtpolitics/article/road_projects_in_region_hit_speed_bump/33087/ December 20, 2008] that funding for the Hillsdale project would not be made available until at least FY2015, as the project is now outside of VDOT's Six-Year Improvement Program.<br>Location study completed and FONSI approved it April 2006.<ref name="MPO"/>
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| status-desc = Right of way acquisition, waiting to accrue construction funds
 
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| website = [http://www.hillsdaledrive.org/ Project Website]
 
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| contact =[[Jeanette Janiczek]], VDOT Program Manager, Charlottesville
 
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==Map==
 
{{Map|lat=38.064007|lng=-78.484182|zoom=15}}
 
  
== Project details ==
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The '''Hillsdale Drive Extension''' is a north-south route from [[Albemarle County]]'s urban section to the city of [[Charlottesville]], parallel to [[U.S. Route 29]] that opened on [[December 22]], 2017. <ref name="open" />{{cite web|title=Hillsdale Drive Extended Opens to Traffic in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co.|url=http://www.nbc29.com/story/37127157/hillsdale-drive-extended-opens-to-traffic|author=Taylor Gleason|work=News Article|publisher=NBC29|location=Charlottesville, Virginia|publishdate=December 22, 2017|accessdate=December 22, 2017}}</ref>
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. Three storefront in the [[Seminole Square Shopping Center]] have been removed to make way for the road. <ref name="place">{{cite web|title=Placemaking group laments lack of oversight with Hillsdale project|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/25372-hillsdale-drive-extended-place-briefing/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=October 27, 2016|accessdate=October 31, 2016}}</ref>
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==Background==
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The project's proposed cost is over $30 million, though the actual amount to be spent on the road is expected to be less because property owners along the alignment are expected to donate the right of way.<ref>{{cite web|title=Transportation Secretary Connaughton addresses area business leaders|url=http://staging.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/12209-connaughton-visit/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=June 27, 2012|accessdate=July 13, 2012}}</ref> The road's design is being overseen by the Charlottesville's [[Neighborhood Development Services Department]] as part of the [[Urban Construction Initiative]]. The project manager is [[Jeanette Janiczek]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Contact Information|url=http://www.hillsdaledrive.org/contact/index.asp|author=|work=|publisher=City of Charlottesville|location=Hillsdale Drive Extension|publishdate=|accessdate=9 July 2013}}</ref>
  
The Hillsdale Drive Extension is a planned roadway that will provide a parallel road to [[US 29]] to give drivers another choice to travel north-south from [[Albemarle County|Albemarle County's]] urban section to the City of [[Charlottesville]].  
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The engineering firm of [[McCormick Taylor, Inc]], has been hired by the city to lead the project. They are in charge of design, environmental assessments, right-of-way negotiations, and construction management.
  
The project is proposed to cost over $30 million and is being overseen by the City of Charlottesville's Neighborhood Development Services Department as part of the [[Urban Construction Initiative]]. The project manager is [[Jeanette Janiczek]].
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On July 18, 2012, the [[Commonwealth Transportation Board]] fully funded the project. However, the project's future has been called into question following issues with a [[Stonefield]] Development drainpipe, which empties into a basin over which Hillsdale would be constructed. An attorney representing [[Seminole Square Shopping Center]] contends that the basin will flood in times of heavy rainfall. In spite of this, construction of the project is slated for fiscal year 2015.<ref name="July">{{cite web|title=State transportation board transfers funds for Hillsdale Drive|url=http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2012/07/hillsdale-funded.html|author=Sean Tubbs|pageno=|publishdate=July 19, 2012|accessdate=July 19, 2012|cturl=}}</ref>
  
It will connect a section of [[Greenbrier Road]] to [[Hydraulic Road]]. The southern terminus of the road is being designed as part of the proposed [[Whole Foods]] project on Hydraulic Road.<ref>Tubbs, Sean J. "Commission wants “holistic approach” to new Whole Foods store." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 14 Mar. 2008. Web. 2 July 2009. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/03/whole_foods.html>.</ref>  
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==Route==
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[[image:2010-11-16-hillsdale.gif|thumb|left|Citizens examine design at public hearing]]The project will connect a section of [[Greenbrier Drive]] to [[Hydraulic Road]], through the [[Seminole Square Shopping Center]] to [[Hillsdale Drive]]. The southern terminus was built as part of the [[Whole Foods]] project on Hydraulic.<ref name=ctholistic>{{cite web|author=Tubbs, Sean J|title="Commission wants “holistic approach” to new Whole Foods store."|work=Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|publishdate=14 Mar. 2008|accessdate=2 July 2009|url=http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/03/whole_foods.html}}</ref> However, the route may be extended to Holiday Drive. <ref>{{cite web|title=Recommendations unveiled for U.S. 29 congestion relief|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/18056-29-panel-recommendation/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=May 8, 2014|accessdate=May 19, 2014}}</ref>
The stated purpose of the project is to relieve congestion on Route 29 and the Route 29 / Hydraulic Road intersection.
 
  
The Charlottesville [[City Council]] passed a resolution on March 7, 2007 approving Alignment "C"{{fact}}, and the Albemarle County [[Board of Supervisors]] followed with a similar resolution on April 6, 2005{{fact}}. The  project was then approved by the [[Commonwealth Transportation Board]]{{fact}}. These approvals came after a corridor location study which evaluated four possibilities.
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==Baby steps towards completion==
  
A location public hearing was held at the Senior Center on November 4, 2004. A design public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2009<ref>Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Area Transportation Projects Project Status Matrix. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 16 June 2009. Web. 2 July 2009. <http://www.tjpdc.org/agendas_and_minutes/mpoTech/09_06_23/June09_Project%20Tracking.pdf>.</ref>. However, that time has since passed and a meeting has yet to be scheduled.
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On May 2, 2011, the Charlottesville City Council voted to use eminent domain to take a portion of the road's right of way from [[Meadowbrook Creek LLC]], the developer of the Whole Foods. Even though Meadowbrook had offered to deed the right of way over to the city, a portion of the road is on land currently leased by the K-Mart Corporation. K-Mart has sued Meadowbrook for breaking the terms of its lease, complicating efforts to have the city acquire the property. Councilors voted 3-1 to begin the process of condemning the property.<ref name="eminent">{{cite-cville|title=Suit Yourselves: City to seize portion of Hillsdale Drive Extended|url=http://www.c-ville.com/Suit_yourselves/|author=Chiara Canzi|pageno=|printno=|printdate=May 10, 2011|publishdate=May 10, 2011|accessdate=August 22, 2012}}</ref>
  
However, the future of the road's alignment is in question due to the recent announcement by Regal Cinemas that they plan to upgrade and expand the Seminole 4 movie theater.<ref>Wheeler, Brian A. "Regal Cinema to be upgraded in path of proposed Hillsdale Drive extension." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 1 May 2009. Web. 2 July 2009. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/05/regal_hillsdale.html>.</ref>
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City staff told the [[MPO Policy Board]] in February 2012 that they were hopeful right of way negotiations would be completed by July 2013. They will negotiate with property owners to see if land can be donated in order to lower the cost of the project.<ref name="mpo-feb12">{{cite web|title=Design work on U.S. 29 widening to start this summer|url=http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2012/02/vdot-updates.html|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=February 26, 2012|accessdate=February 28, 2012}}</ref>
  
The engineering firm of [[McCormick Taylor, Inc]], has been hired by the City to lead the project. They are in charge of design, environmental assessments, right-of-way negotiations, and construction management.
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On October 21, 2013, City Council agreed to spend $1.1 million to construct a section from the [[Whole Foods]] to [[India Road]]. The road will cross on land owned as part of the Homewood Suites hotel that is under construction. <ref name="second-spur" />
  
Advertisement for construction is not expected to occur until at least August 2018.
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One phase of the road has been completed, another is set to get underway in early 2014, and negotiations were  held for the right of way for the majority of the road. <ref name="second-spur">{{cite-progress|title=Council backs final Hillsdale spur funding piece|url=http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/council-backs-final-hillsdale-spur-funding-piece/article_e170086c-3ab5-11e3-a8f8-001a4bcf6878.html|author=Aaron Richardson|pageno=|printdate=October 22, 2013|publishdate=October 22, 2013|accessdate=October 23, 2013|cturl=}}</ref>
  
== Development history==
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==Traffic signal and advertising date controversies==
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McCormick Taylor, the consultant helping the city of Charlottesville with the project, had stated they do not believe they can put the project out for construction bids until June 2016. Philip Shucet had expected that milestone to be met in December 2015.
  
On November 18, 2007, The [[Hillsdale Drive Steering Committee|Steering Committee]] held its fourth meeting. Negotiations are ongoing as to how the road will "thread the needle" between the U.S. Post Office and the Pepsi bottling plant. <ref>Wheeler, Bran A. "Hillsdale Drive runs into post office concerns and a second movie theater." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Nov. 2007. Web. 5 July 2009. <http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/>.</ref>. According to the MPO, design is underway. However, sufficient state and federal funding is not expected for the Hillsdale Drive project until 2015 at the earliest.
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Additionally, the intersection of Hillsdale and Greenbrier does not meet the warrants for a traffic signal or a four-way stop. As such, the it will likely be built with stop signs controlling how traffic from Greenbrier gets to Hillsdale. <ref>{{cite web|title=Council authorizes funding for Hillsdale amid continuing delays|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/22183-hillsdale-funding-approved/|author=|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=October 5, 2015|accessdate=October 12, 2015}}</ref>
  
Regal Entertainment Group announced plans in May 2009 to build a major upgrade to its Regal Cinema 4 theater behind the K-Mart shopping center.  Plans include expansion into the parking lot to add five additional screens, new stadium seating & digital projection equipment.  However, the existing theater had been expected to be demolished, at least in part, to make way for the $30.5 million Hillsdale Drive Extension project connecting [[Hydraulic Road]] through the [[Seminole Square Shopping Center]] to Hillsdale Drive.<ref>Wheeler, Brian A. "Regal Cinema to be upgraded in path of proposed Hillsdale Drive extension." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 1 May 2009. 7 May 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/05/regal_hillsdale.html>.</ref>
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==Timeline==
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*November 4, 2004: A location public hearing is held at the [[Senior Center]]  
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*March 7, 2005: City Council passes resolution approving Alignment "C".<ref>{{cite web|title=City Council Minutes for March 7, 2005|url=http://www.cvillepedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/File:Mmarch7.2005.pdf|author=|work=|publisher=City of Charlottesville|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=July 16, 2012}}</ref>
  
== Next Public Meeting ==
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*April 2006: Location study completed and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) approved it April 2006.
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*November 18, 2007: The [[Hillsdale Drive Steering Committee|Steering Committee]] holds fourth meeting.<ref name=ctpostoffice>{{cite web|author=Wheeler, Brian A|title="Hillsdale Drive runs into post office concerns and a second movie theater."|work=Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|publishdate=13 Nov. 2007|accessdate=5 July 2009|url=http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2007/11/hillsdale.html}}</ref>
A design public hearing is planned for fall of 2009.<ref name="MPO"/>  
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*December 20, 2008: ''Daily Progress'' reports funding for the project will not be available until at least FY2015, putting project outside of VDOT's [[Six-Year Improvement Plan]].<ref name=dpspeedbump>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/local_govtpolitics/article/road_projects_in_region_hit_speed_bump/33087|publishdate=December 20, 2008|author=Rachana Dixit|publisher=Media General|work=[[Daily Progress]]|title=Road projects in region hit speed bump}}</ref>
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*A design public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2009.<ref>Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Area Transportation Projects Project Status Matrix. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 16 June 2009. Web. 2 July 2009. <http://www.tjpdc.org/agendas_and_minutes/mpoTech/09_06_23/June09_Project%20Tracking.pdf>.</ref> However, that time has since passed and a meeting has yet to be scheduled.
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*Mid-December 2009: Construction of first phase begins, to support new [[Whole Foods]].<ref name=cvillereddirt>{{cite-cville|author=Cedermark, Andrew|title=Development - Red dirt alert!|publisher=[[C-VILLE Weekly]]|publishdate=15 Dec. 2009|accessdate=22 Aug. 2012|url=http://www.c-ville.com/Red_dirt_alert/}}</ref>
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*Summer 2010: First phase of road constructed, creating new traffic pattern on Hydraulic Road.
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*November 16, 2010: Design public hearing scheduled.<ref>{{cite web|title=Neighborhood Development Services News & Notes|url=http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=2704|author=|work=|publisher=|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=October 22, 2010}}</ref>
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*May 2, 2011: City Council votes 3-1 to take property for the first phase of the road by eminent domain.<ref>{{cite-progress|title=City to try eminent domain over road near Kmart|url=http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2011/may/02/city-try-eminent-domain-over-road-near-kmart-ar-1012182/|author=Graham Moomaw|pageno=|printdate=May 3, 2011|publishdate=May 3, 2011|accessdate=May 3, 2011|cturl=}}</ref>
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*July 18, 2012: The Commonwealth Transportation Board approves the transfer of $9.7 million dollars of additional funding, fully funding the $13.8 million estimate.<ref name="July" />
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*October 21, 2013: Council agrees to spend $1.1 million on construction of spur from India Road to Whole Foods. <ref name="second-spur" />
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*October 5, 2015: Council authorizes $15 million in funding for the project
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*October 27, 2016: Project discussed by [[Place Design Task Force]] <ref name="place" />
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*December 22, 2017: Project opens <ref name="open" />
  
== Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements ==
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==Safety Improvements ==
 
{{Main|Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements}}
 
{{Main|Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements}}
Albemarle County is administering [[Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements|a separate project]] to add pedestrian crossings to sections of existing Hillsdale Drive in the County. The first phase of that project is expected to be completed in 2009, but has been delayed multiple times.  These improvements were called for by the [[Senior Center]] and its members<ref>[http://www.seniorcenterinc.org/news/hillsdale%20drive%20news.shtml#safety Senior Center website]</ref>.
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Albemarle County is administering [[Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements|a separate project]] to add pedestrian crossings to sections of the existing Hillsdale Drive in the County. The first phase of that project is expected to be completed in 2009, but has been delayed multiple times.  These improvements were called for by the [[Senior Center]] and its members.<ref>[http://www.seniorcenterinc.org/news/hillsdale%20drive%20news.shtml#safety Senior Center website]</ref>
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==Photo gallery==
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<gallery caption="Construction pictures" widths="210px" heights="180px" perrow="3">
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File:20161027-hillsdale1.jpg|Looking north from first phase, October 27, 2016
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File:20161027-hillsdale2.jpg|Three storefronts were removed for the project, October 27, 2016
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File:20161027-hillsdale3.jpg|Hillsdale Drive Extended will be built along this right of way, October 27, 2016
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File:20161027-hillsdale4.jpg|Approximate location of future roundabout at Hillsdale and Zan Road, October 27, 2016
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</gallery>
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== External links ==  
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==Map==
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[[File:20101117HILLSDALE.jpg]]{{clear}}
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{{Map|lat=38.064007|lng=-78.484182|zoom=15}}
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This map is now out of date as there will be no traffic light at the intersection of Greenbrier Drive and Hillsdale.
  
[http://www.hillsdaledrive.org/ Hillsdale Drive Project]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109686697319922348715.00043c1300be673f805ba&ll=38.064277,-78.476372&spn=0.015002,0.040169&z=15&om=1 Google Map of Hillsdale Drive Extension]
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.hillsdaledrive.org/ Hillsdale Drive Project]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109686697319922348715.00043c1300be673f805ba&ll=38.064277,-78.476372&spn=0.015002,0.040169&z=15&om=1 Google Map of Hillsdale Drive Extension]
  
==Notes==
 
<references/>
 
[[Category: Transportation Matrix]]
 
 
[[Category: Planned transportation projects]]
 
[[Category: Planned transportation projects]]
 
[[Category: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) items]]
 
[[Category: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) items]]

Latest revision as of 12:58, 22 December 2017


Hillsdale Drive Extension
Hillsdale.jpg
A rendering of the proposed Hillsdale Drive Extended

Completed

Project Overview

Relieve congestion on Route 29 and the Route 29/Hydraulic Road intersection
Cost $30,549,000
Sponsor Charlottesville
Next meeting November 16, 2010 Design Public Hearing

Status Update

Right of way acquisition, waiting to accrue construction funds

Website Project Website
VDOT Dashboard [1]
Contact Jeanette Janiczek, VDOT Program Manager, Charlottesville

The Hillsdale Drive Extension is a north-south route from Albemarle County's urban section to the city of Charlottesville, parallel to U.S. Route 29 that opened on December 22, 2017. [1]Web. Hillsdale Drive Extended Opens to Traffic in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., Taylor Gleason, News Article, NBC29, Charlottesville, Virginia, December 22, 2017, retrieved December 22, 2017.</ref>


. Three storefront in the Seminole Square Shopping Center have been removed to make way for the road. [2]


Background

The project's proposed cost is over $30 million, though the actual amount to be spent on the road is expected to be less because property owners along the alignment are expected to donate the right of way.[3] The road's design is being overseen by the Charlottesville's Neighborhood Development Services Department as part of the Urban Construction Initiative. The project manager is Jeanette Janiczek.[4]

The engineering firm of McCormick Taylor, Inc, has been hired by the city to lead the project. They are in charge of design, environmental assessments, right-of-way negotiations, and construction management.

On July 18, 2012, the Commonwealth Transportation Board fully funded the project. However, the project's future has been called into question following issues with a Stonefield Development drainpipe, which empties into a basin over which Hillsdale would be constructed. An attorney representing Seminole Square Shopping Center contends that the basin will flood in times of heavy rainfall. In spite of this, construction of the project is slated for fiscal year 2015.[5]

Route

Citizens examine design at public hearing
The project will connect a section of Greenbrier Drive to Hydraulic Road, through the Seminole Square Shopping Center to Hillsdale Drive. The southern terminus was built as part of the Whole Foods project on Hydraulic.[6] However, the route may be extended to Holiday Drive. [7]

Baby steps towards completion

On May 2, 2011, the Charlottesville City Council voted to use eminent domain to take a portion of the road's right of way from Meadowbrook Creek LLC, the developer of the Whole Foods. Even though Meadowbrook had offered to deed the right of way over to the city, a portion of the road is on land currently leased by the K-Mart Corporation. K-Mart has sued Meadowbrook for breaking the terms of its lease, complicating efforts to have the city acquire the property. Councilors voted 3-1 to begin the process of condemning the property.[8]

City staff told the MPO Policy Board in February 2012 that they were hopeful right of way negotiations would be completed by July 2013. They will negotiate with property owners to see if land can be donated in order to lower the cost of the project.[9]

On October 21, 2013, City Council agreed to spend $1.1 million to construct a section from the Whole Foods to India Road. The road will cross on land owned as part of the Homewood Suites hotel that is under construction. [10]

One phase of the road has been completed, another is set to get underway in early 2014, and negotiations were held for the right of way for the majority of the road. [10]

Traffic signal and advertising date controversies

McCormick Taylor, the consultant helping the city of Charlottesville with the project, had stated they do not believe they can put the project out for construction bids until June 2016. Philip Shucet had expected that milestone to be met in December 2015.

Additionally, the intersection of Hillsdale and Greenbrier does not meet the warrants for a traffic signal or a four-way stop. As such, the it will likely be built with stop signs controlling how traffic from Greenbrier gets to Hillsdale. [11]

Timeline

  • November 4, 2004: A location public hearing is held at the Senior Center
  • March 7, 2005: City Council passes resolution approving Alignment "C".[12]
  • April 2006: Location study completed and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) approved it April 2006.
  • November 18, 2007: The Steering Committee holds fourth meeting.[13]
  • December 20, 2008: Daily Progress reports funding for the project will not be available until at least FY2015, putting project outside of VDOT's Six-Year Improvement Plan.[14]
  • A design public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2009.[15] However, that time has since passed and a meeting has yet to be scheduled.
  • Mid-December 2009: Construction of first phase begins, to support new Whole Foods.[16]
  • Summer 2010: First phase of road constructed, creating new traffic pattern on Hydraulic Road.
  • November 16, 2010: Design public hearing scheduled.[17]
  • May 2, 2011: City Council votes 3-1 to take property for the first phase of the road by eminent domain.[18]
  • July 18, 2012: The Commonwealth Transportation Board approves the transfer of $9.7 million dollars of additional funding, fully funding the $13.8 million estimate.[5]
  • October 21, 2013: Council agrees to spend $1.1 million on construction of spur from India Road to Whole Foods. [10]
  • October 5, 2015: Council authorizes $15 million in funding for the project
  • October 27, 2016: Project discussed by Place Design Task Force [2]
  • December 22, 2017: Project opens [1]

Safety Improvements

Main article: Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements

Albemarle County is administering a separate project to add pedestrian crossings to sections of the existing Hillsdale Drive in the County. The first phase of that project is expected to be completed in 2009, but has been delayed multiple times. These improvements were called for by the Senior Center and its members.[19]

Photo gallery

Map

20101117HILLSDALE.jpg

This map is now out of date as there will be no traffic light at the intersection of Greenbrier Drive and Hillsdale.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named open
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Placemaking group laments lack of oversight with Hillsdale project, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 27, 2016, retrieved October 31, 2016.
  3. Web. Transportation Secretary Connaughton addresses area business leaders, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 27, 2012, retrieved July 13, 2012.
  4. Web. Contact Information, City of Charlottesville, Hillsdale Drive Extension, retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. State transportation board transfers funds for Hillsdale Drive, Sean Tubbs, July 19, 2012, retrieved July 19, 2012.
  6. Web. "Commission wants “holistic approach” to new Whole Foods store.", Tubbs, Sean J, Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 14 Mar. 2008, retrieved 2 July 2009.
  7. Web. Recommendations unveiled for U.S. 29 congestion relief, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 8, 2014, retrieved May 19, 2014.
  8. Web. Suit Yourselves: City to seize portion of Hillsdale Drive Extended, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, May 10, 2011, retrieved August 22, 2012. Print. May 10, 2011 .
  9. Web. Design work on U.S. 29 widening to start this summer, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 26, 2012, retrieved February 28, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Web. Council backs final Hillsdale spur funding piece, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 22, 2013, retrieved October 23, 2013.
  11. Web. Council authorizes funding for Hillsdale amid continuing delays, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 5, 2015, retrieved October 12, 2015.
  12. Web. City Council Minutes for March 7, 2005, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 16, 2012.
  13. Web. "Hillsdale Drive runs into post office concerns and a second movie theater.", Wheeler, Brian A, Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Nov. 2007, retrieved 5 July 2009.
  14. Web. Road projects in region hit speed bump, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Media General, December 20, 2008
  15. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Area Transportation Projects Project Status Matrix. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 16 June 2009. Web. 2 July 2009. <http://www.tjpdc.org/agendas_and_minutes/mpoTech/09_06_23/June09_Project%20Tracking.pdf>.
  16. Web. Development - Red dirt alert!, Cedermark, Andrew, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 15 Dec. 2009, retrieved 22 Aug. 2012.
  17. Web. Neighborhood Development Services News & Notes, retrieved October 22, 2010.
  18. Web. City to try eminent domain over road near Kmart, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 3, 2011, retrieved May 3, 2011.
  19. Senior Center website

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