Six Hundred West Main

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The Six Hundred West Main is a six-story, 57-unit[1] mixed-use building under construction on West Main Street. It shares a 0.36 acre site with 600 West Main and 512 West Main, home of the Blue Moon Diner. The building is targeting completion in Fall 2019.

A four-story, 45-unit second phase is planned for the adjacent 0.455 acre parcel, presently home to University Tire and Auto. That project is known as Heirloom Apartments Phase II. [2] Council approved a special use permit for the project on October 7, 2019. [3] [4]


The project will incorporate two existing structures because the Board of Architectural Review indicated in November 2015 they would not approve their demolition. [5]

Amenities include 65,000sf of residential space, 4,700sf of retail, private terraces, 8-foot windows, 'high ceilings', a 'meditative courtyard', outdoor fireplace, private art gallery with resident lounge, parking & bike storage, and bikeshare.[6]

Development timeline

  • November 15, 2015: BAR members indicate they will not support demolition of at 512 West Main Street and 600 West Main Street [5]
  • January 19, 2016: Review by Board of Architectural Review [7]
  • February 16, 2016: BAR approves massing for project [8]
  • May 10, 2016: Charlottesville Planning Commission recommends special use permit for additional residential density and reduced parking requirements on a 4-3 vote. Discussion centered around impact of reduced parking on the surrounding neighborhoods and plausibility of car-free living. The commission replaced a condition to exempt units <500sf from parking requirements in favor of modifying the requirement to 0.5 parking spaces per unit, regardless of size.[9]
  • June 6, 2016: City Council defers the special use permit to its next meeting on a motion from Kristin Szakos "because she feels unprepared... based on the changing status of this report item."[10]
  • June 20, 2016: City Council votes 3-1 to approve the special use permit with a maximum residential density up to 180 DUA.[11][12] Bob Fenwick opposed, while Kathy Galvin was absent but submitted a letter in support.[13] Conditions included:
    1. A mixture of dwelling units, including one or more studios. Studios must have a minimum size of 350sf. Studios less than 550sf are limited to 40% of total units.
    2. Parking requirements as follows: (i) 0.5 spaces for units of 550sf or less; and (ii) 1.0 space per unit larger than 550sf. At least 40% of require spaces must be required on-site; the remainder may be provided via shared parking agreements.
    3. Indoor lobby area and outdoor courtyard for the recreational use of residents.
    4. Five additional staff-recommended conditions concerning construction procedures and traffic control.
  • September 20, 2016: BAR approves massing and scale [14]
  • May 16, 2017: BAR grants final approval for project [15]
  • April 24, 2018: Developers hold a symbolic spray-painting and press conference in lieu of a groundbreaking.[16][6]
  • September 20, 2019: Building opens.[1]

Phase II

  • March 1, 2019: Heirloom West Main Street Second Phase LLC buys 602-616 W. Main St for $2.9 million, twice its assessed value.
  • May 14, 2019: Special use permit application is submitted for a four-story mixed-use building with ground-floor retail fronting West Main Street, up to 55 residential units, and 53 underground parking spaces.
  • June 18, 2019: BAR votes 7-0-2 to grant a determination of no adverse impact, pending further discussion over massing and a fully design review at future meetings. (Earnst and Ball recused.) BAR proposed the following conditions:[17][18]
    1. Garage entry shall not be accessed directly from the building’s street wall along West Main Street;
    2. That the building’s mass shall be broken down to reflect the multi-parcel massing historically on the site, as well as the West Main Street context, using building modulation;
    3. Seismic monitoring of the Holsinger Building during construction;
    4. Pedestrian engagement with the street with an active, transparent, and permeable façade at street level;
    5. Building and massing refer to the historic buildings on either side.
  • August 13, 2019: Planning Commission considers SUP but defers vote until September [2] [18]
  • October 7, 2019: Council approves special use permit on a 4-1 vote [3]

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Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′52″N 78°29′18″W / 38.031053°N 78.488272°W / 38.031053; -78.488272


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Development Digest: Luxury apartment building Six Hundred West Main opens, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Sep 26, 2019, retrieved 2021-12-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Planning Commission Delays Vote on Mixed-Use Development on West Main, Pete DeLuca, News Article, WVIR NBC29 News, Charlottesville, VA, August 13, 2019, retrieved August 16, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. C'Ville City Council Approves Special Use Permit for Phase 2 of Heirloom West Main Development, Moriah Davis, News Article, NBC29, October 7, 2019, retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. Web. 602-616 West Main Street (Tax Map 29 Parcel 3), Brian Haluska, Staff Report, City of Charlottesville, June 25, 2020, retrieved July 12, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Design panel not receptive to demolition of West Main houses, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 17, 2015, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll: New apartment complex promises at least one of those, Samantha Baars, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, May 2, 2018, retrieved 2019-08-11.
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  8. Web. BAR defers decision on one West Main project, partially approves another, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 18, 2016, retrieved December 29, 2016.
  9. Web. City planning commission approves waivers for Blue Moon development, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 11, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  10. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, June 6, 2016.
  11. Web. Council approves permit for Blue Moon residential complex, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 21 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  12. Web. Agenda for June 20, 2016 Charlottesville City Council, City of Charlottesville, June 20, 2016., retrieved 2019-08-11.
  13. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, June 20, 2016.
  14. Web. Blue Moon apartment complex design receives partial approval, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 25, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  15. Web. City architecture group weighs in on Quirk, Blue Moon projects, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 17, 2017, retrieved December 29, 2017.
  16. Web. Ground sprayed for West Main apartment complex, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 24, 2018, retrieved 2019-08-11.
  17. Web. Agenda for June 18, 2019 Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review, City of Charlottesville, June 18, 2019., retrieved 2019-08-11.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Web. Agenda for August 13, 2019 Charlottesville Planning Commission, City of Charlottesville, August 13, 2019., retrieved 2019-08-11.

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