Cherry Avenue

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Cherry Avenue is a road in the city of Charlottesville. The Cherry Avenue Corridor is the focus of ongoing discussions about revitalization. [1] Members of the area have requested a small-area plan be conducted as a result of developments such as William Taylor Plaza. [2] [3]

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In April 1948, City Council discussed acquiring property to connect Cherry Avenue through to Ridge Street. Councilors disagreed about the route. [4]

Cherry Avenue was zoned for mixed-use development in 2003[5], and is one of 14 mixed-use zoning districts (see List of Charlottesville zoning districts).

Small Area Plan

In the mid 2010's, the Fifeville Neighborhood Association began been seeking a formal small-area plan to inform development in the community. Much of the road between Roosevelt Brown Boulevard and Ridge Street is zoned for mixed-use under the Cherry Avenue zoning district. The association created a 20-page visioning document in 2016.

In the summer of 2016, the Planning Commission was touring prospective areas for the next small area plan. They took a tour of Cherry Avenue on June 28, 2016. [6]

Soon after, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission was commissioned to conducting the plan for the city at an initial cost of $134,000. [7]

The Charlottesville Planning Commission reviewed the plan at their meeting on February 26, 2020. [8] They recommended approval at their meeting on January 14, 2021. [9] City Council will take it up at the March 1, 2021 meeting.


  • Atlas Projects obtained a rezoning of land in the 900 block of King Street from single-family residential to the Cherry Avenue zoning. [10] City Council held its first reading of the rezoning on July 5, 2017. [11]
  • Soho Technology Center - Site plan filed in summer of 2020 to increase the residential units to 24 and cut the commercial space to about 11,000 square feet. Both projects are allowed by-right under the zoning. [12]
  • The GoCo went out of business soon after the pandemic and is being redeveloped as another convenience store. [citation needed]


Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′23″N 78°30′27″E / 38.0231819152832°N -78.5074005126953°W / 38.0231819152832; --78.5074005126953

External links

Fifeville Neighborhood Association small-area plan website


  1. Web. Commission denies request to add more homes to William Taylor Plaza, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 9, 2011, retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. Web. City planning panel recommends Cherry Avenue for detailed study, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 28, 2016, retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. Web. Fifeville neighborhood wants small-area plan for Cherry Avenue, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 20, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  4. Web. Council Orders Fight on Raise in Phone Rates, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 6, 1948, retrieved December 23, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. April 6, 1948 page 7.
  5. Web. Avon Street corridor to get "fresh eyes" from national planning think-tank, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 22, 2010, retrieved March 29, 2012.
  6. Web. Planners tour Cherry Avenue in advance of hotel groundbreaking, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 29, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  7. Web. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission packet for October 5, 2017 meeting, Meeting packet, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, retrieved October 8, 2017.
  8. Web. Draft Cherry Avenue Small Area Plan unveiled, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 27, 2020, retrieved March 1, 2020. Print. February 27, 2020 page A1.
  9. Web. Planning Commission endorses Cherry Avenue plan, Belmont Heights, Ali Sullivan, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 14, 2021, retrieved February 5, 2021.
  10. Web. King Street zoning change approved by City Planning Commission, Talia Wiener, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 16, 2017, retrieved June 26, 2017.
  11. Web. Fifeville zoning change receives positive feedback from City Council, Talia Wiener, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 5, 2017, retrieved July 11, 2017.
  12. Print: August 31, 2020: UVA moves forward with reopening; Live Arts Forges Ahead with new season, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions.