Community meeting to be held for Center II rezoning in Albemarle

One of the purposes of the community advisory committees in Albemarle County is to serve as a forum for official community meetings for rezonings and special use permits. A rezoning requested by the county for a new education facility is on the docket of the Places29-Hydraulic CAC meeting to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This takes place at the Media Center at Greer Elementary School at 190 Lambs Lane in Charlottesville. (meeting info)

But first, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission will hold a presentation on the Long Range Transportation Plan known as Moving Toward 2050. 

“This plan, to be reviewed and adopted by the [Charlottesville-Albemarle] MPO Policy Board, identifies long range transportation needs, considers possible infrastructure improvements, and establishes priorities to implement projects based on anticipated funding,” reads the TJPDC’s website

The community meeting is for Center II, the second in a series of “learning communities” according to a narrative written by the firm Quinn Evans. 

“The Center model emerged from a study undertaken in 2017 by Fielding International with HBA Architecture to explore the modernization of the high school experience while managing increasing student populations and capacity issues at Division High schools,” reads the narrative(the link should work – but let me know if you have issues) 

The first Center is located at Seminole Place and opened in 2018 according to the Albemarle County Public Schools website

Center II would be built on what is now a parking lot at Albemarle High School and will host up to 400 students with a focus on science, technology, mathematics, and math. There will be project studios, specialty studios, and seminar rooms. 

“All spaces are flexible, reconfigurable, and feature operable partitions in strategic locations to allow for a continuous evolution of learning, instruction, and curriculum,” the narrative continues. 

Students from all across the county will rotate through the Center from throughout the county. Though directly on Hydraulic Road and at the site of several existing schools, this property is within the rural area. 

A rendering of the future Center II (Credit: Quinn Evans)

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