University Gardens slated for demolition

An apartment complex on U.S. 29 built in 1948 and owned by the University of Virginia since the early 1960’s will be torn down rather than renovated.

“The University Gardens buildings have reached the end of their useful life and UVA Housing and Residence Life (HRL) has determined the best course of action is demolition since maintenance and operating expenses have escalated to a level where continued operation is no longer economically viable,” reads a fact-sheet for the development.

Necessary repairs included upgrades to electric systems, roof replacements, and HVAC improvements. 

A plan to demolish the structures will be presented to the Board of Visitors in September. Demolition would take place early next year and the space will be converted to parking. 

“There are no immediate plans for redevelopment at this time,” the fact-sheet continues. 

The Board of Visitors’  next regular meeting is scheduled for September 15. 

Aerial view and photos of the UVA Gardens site (Source: University of Virginia)

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