West Main Streetscape
|West Main Streetscape|
1. Preserve and enhance urban qualities
2. Improve pedestrian and vehicular circulation
|Cost||$50 to 54 million (Nov 2020 est.)|
|Sponsor||Charlottesville, University of Virginia|
Still under consideration
|Contact||Neighborhood Development Services, Charlottesville|
The West Main Streetscape is a multi-year plan originally intended to make West Main Street more welcoming to pedestrians and safer for bicycles. Other components were added including a new stormwater management system. 
The City of Charlottesville has pursued multiple revenue sources for the project, which now ballooned from a cost estimate original estimate of around $30 million in 2018 to likely over $50 million as of November 2020.
The second phase is now a distinct Smart Scale project. A third spanning from Roosevelt Brown Boulevard to 8th Street NW has been recommended for funding. Council is still determining the future of the project.
|This article documents a current event. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.|
The city has paid nearly $3 million over multiple years to the firm Rhodeside & Harwell to create the plan. The work was intended to support additional growth on a corridor that experienced rapid transformation. Council approved a concept in March 2016 after much study.  They also readjusted the zoning on the street.
In October 2017, City Council agreed to split the project into phases and to pursue VDOT Revenue Sharing to help cover the $31 million cost. The city has allocated $10 million from its Capital Improvement Program for the project. 
History of the plan
In November 2012, the PLACE Design Task Force was asked to weigh in on the project given that construction of the Marriott Residence Inn at 301 West Main was expected to begin in 2013, and that other student housing complexes were planned including the Flats at West Village. 
At a meeting in February 2013, Council agreed to spend up to $350,000 on the study. 
As the study continued throughout the summer of 2014, representatives of churches such as First Baptist Church wanted their need for on-street parking to be considered.  The process was slightly slowed down to make sure all stakeholders were heard.
Council approved the plan in March 2016. The Board of Architectural Review was briefed on progress towards the schematic drawings on October 10, 2016. 
The preliminary cost estimate to implement the streetscape was originally around $30 million, but has since increased to at least $49 million as of November 2020 (Phase 3 Right-of-way has not ).
Council has set aside $10 million for the project in the five-year capital improvement project and unsuccessfully applied for $18.3 million in funding through the second round of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Smart Scale process. 
Rhodeside & Harwell hired multiple subcontractors to participate. By June 2018, the project was being managed by the Timmons Group under the supervision of Brian Copeland. Other contractors include Lincoln Surveying and Inframap Corp,
A subset of the study was to look at the zoning of the street. The recommendation was made to convert the street's two zoning into western and eastern districts as opposed to south and north districts enacted during the 2003 rezoning. 
- October 17, 2013 – Rhodeside and Harwell begin work on study 
- January 14, 2016 – Steering committee shown three concepts being considered 
- February 9, 2016 – City Planning Commission passes zoning changes for third time 
- March 7, 2016 – Council holds first reading on eliminating special use permits for additional height Coordinates:
- March 21, 2016 – Council approves streetscape, partially approves zoning changes by eliminating special use permits for height increase. Planning Commission directed to study permits for additional density 
- October 10, 2016 – Board of Architectural Review gets sneak preview of schematics 
- May 15, 2017 – Council appproves preliminary design schematics for the project 
- October 16, 2017 – Council agrees to split project into phases in order to apply for revenue-sharing funds from VDOT 
- April 11, 2018 – BAR presentation (materials)
- June 4, 2018 – Rhodeside & Harwell sends letter to NDS for additional services (copy of the letter)
- November 15, 2019 – Charlottesville City Council directed staff to prepare plan to permanently remove the Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark Statue as part of the first phase of construction which at the time was believed to take place in 2021. 
- September 30, 2020 – City Council Work Session (presentation)
- November 20, 2020 – City Council Strategic Planning Work Session for FY22 Budget, included significant discussion about funding for the project
There are approximately 90 on-street parking spaces on the road between JPA and Ridge-McIntire.  Dena Rhodeside identified the potential for as many as 4,000 new and existing parking spaces within 600 feet of West Main.
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