Southwood Mobile Home Park

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The Southwood Mobile Home Park is located off of Fifth Street Extended in Albemarle County. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is redeveloping the property as a mixed-use community in a way that intends not displace existing residents. [1]

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Habitat for Humanity purchased the property in 2007 with the intent of redeveloping the park with at least 500 affordable housing units. [2]

Construction is not expected to begin until at least 2016.[3]

One aspect of a redeveloped Southwood could be an enhanced network of trails to allow bike and pedestrian access to the future Biscuit Run State Park. [4]

Supervisors endorsed a plan to work with Habitat on the project in October 2016. [5]

The Boys and Girls Club has a facility there that has been expanded in 2017. [6]

The rezoning will be conducted in two phases. The first will consist of two blocks, one of which will be mixed-use and the other will be mostly commercial. This first phase has been submitted to Albemarle County for review. [7]

Phase 1: Requests the rezoning of three contiguous properties on 33.96 acres from R-2 and NMD to Neighborhood Model District (NMD). With a maximum of 450 residential units and a "focus on providing a model for reinvesting in aging suburban neighborhoods, the community-generated design principles presented in this zoning map amendment will create a mixed-income, mixed-use community catalyzing the non-displacement and realization of secure tenure of the community that exists today."[8]



Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 37°59′46″N 78°31′18″W / 37.996008°N 78.521765°W / 37.996008; -78.521765


  1. Web. Plans to redevelop Albemarle Co. neighborhood continue forward, Annie Schroeder, News Article, January 22, 2020, retrieved January 31, 2020.
  2. Web. Southwood resident survey reveals neighborhood's wants, Ted Strong, Daily Progress, Media General, February 12, 2020, retrieved February 15, 2021.
  3. Print: Habitat for Humanity wants to turn trailer parks into town centers. Will the model work?, Laura Ingles, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, August 6, 2012 , 24.32, .
  4. Web. Habitat for Humanity seeks connection to future state park, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 9, 2015, retrieved February 12, 2015.
  5. Web. Supervisors endorse collaboration with Habitat to redevelop Southwood, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 5, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  6. Web. Albemarle Planning Commission recommends club expansion at Southwood, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 7, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.
  7. Web. Group to be briefed with first rezoning for Habitat’s Southwood redevelopment, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 14, 2018, retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. Web. Albemarle planning commission votes in favor of Southwood rezoning, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, July 23, 2019, retrieved March 1, 2020.
  10. Web. First phase of Southwood redevelopment approved by Albemarle supervisors, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 21, 2019, retrieved March 1, 2020.
  11. Web. Materials for Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting request for support for VHDA LIHTC credits, Staff report, Albemarle County, retrieved March 1 28, 2020.

External links

Habitat site