Albemarle development: Rezoning application filed in Albemarle for 244 apartment units on Berkmar drive

Great Eastern Management Company seeks rezoning at North Pointe to add 550 more homes

More homes are slated for land within the Places29-Rio Master Plan area and close to the Rio Road Small Area Plan. 

G.W. Real Estate Partners has filed a rezoning to build four multifamily apartment buildings on 7.2 acres of undeveloped land the west side of Berkmar Drive between Woodburn Road and Woodbrook Drive. 

The request is to upgrade from R-6 to Planned Residential Development (PRD) to allow for up to 244 dwelling units. 

“The Project proposes five residential buildings and envisions a mix of three and four-story split and five story buildings,” reads the narrative. “Each of the two buildings fronting on Woodburn Road will be five stories.” 

Without the rezoning, a maximum of 43 units could be built on the site. 

There will be a request for a special exception to modify or waive a stepback requirement. Fifteen percent of the units would be rented to households with incomes below 80 percent of the area median. (ZMA2023-006)

Great Eastern Management Company seeks rezoning at North Pointe to add 550 more homes

The Great Eastern Management Company has filed a plan to amend the previous rezoning that cleared the way for the mixed-use North Pointe development that is now under construction near the Charlottesville Regional Airport. 

The company wants to rezone just over half of the 269 acres subject to the 2006 rezoning. 

The 2006 rezoning put a limit on the number of dwelling units at a maximum of 893  The amendment seeks to increase that number to 1,548 by allowing more townhomes and multifamily apartment buildings. The number of single family homes would remain at 269. 

“To address the public need for additional housing in the Albemarle Charlottesville region, higher density housing is needed to provide entry-level and workforce housing in all its forms,” reads the narrative. “Higher density projects such as the North Pointe Community allow for the protection of environmental resources and lessens the pressure on the rural areas to provide  housing.” (ZMA2023-007)

Here’s a round-up with information compiled from a review of applications for zoning clearances.

  • The Virginia Department of Transportation is currently taking input on a survey for transportation solutions in a rapidly changing Ivy Road Corridor. In addition to UVA’s growth in both Albemarle and Charlottesville, a small shopping center on Ivy Road has been undergoing a renaissance since JPA Towers Investors bought the property in January 2020. Selvedge Brewery will replace Snowing in Space according to a zoning clearance approved on August 8. The Charlottesville Daily Progress had an article on this back in April. (CLE2023-102)
  • Caliber Bodyworks of Virginia will open a location on the site of the former Hall’s Body Shop. A zoning clearance application is pending. (CLE2023-104)
  • Stephen Harvey wants to open an event space at 340 Towncenter Lane called Fire Free Coffee Bar. A request for additional information had not been received at press time, but the address in the zoning clearance application matches the same address as the Republican candidate in the House District 55 race. (CLE2023-105)
  • A company has received a zoning clearance to open a grocery store called Medina Market in Albemarle Square in the space formerly occupied by Plan 9. A building permit is required to connect two storefronts into one. (CLE2023-107)
  • A new Thai restaurant has opened on Route 20 in the space formerly occupied by Riverbirch. MaplePine is the latest tenant in the Shops at Riverside Village built by Stony Point Design Group per an approved zoning clearance. (CLE2023-108)
  • Johnson Controls is seeking a zoning clearance to open a 20-person operation in the River Edge complex off of Route 20 at the base of Pantops. (CLE2023-112)
  • Southwest Mountain Vineyards has filed for a zoning clearance for amplified music at its location on Route 22 on land owned by Paul Manning at Castalia. (CLE2023-113)

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