About NDRA

From South Street and the Downtown Mall to the 250 Bypass, and from McIntire and Birdwood Road in the west to Kelly Avenue in the east, North Downtown is located in the heart of Charlottesville.

The North Downtown Residents Association is our neighborhood’s voice in matters of community and neighborhood concern, uniting the thoughts and concerns of many into one voice that speaks for the neighborhood as a whole. We need your ideas, your suggestions, your help, and we welcome your support.

Unless we make our opinions known on issues of common concern, neighborhood interests can easily be ignored or simply taken for granted. The NDRA serves as a clearinghouse for information, a forum for discussion of neighborhood issues and a vehicle for making our concerns known to those who make decisions. Join us and make your voice heard.

Current Neighborhood Issues

October 24, 2016

Our Town Charlottesville Community Conversation Series - Thursday December 1st

Neighborhoods: North Downtown, Little High, Locust Grove, Martha Jefferson, and Woodhaven
Key Recreation Center, 800 East Market St | 6-8pm
Childcare provided; Dinner available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2010, Charlottesville City Council approved a community initiative called “Our Town Charlottesville” that would bring town hall style meetings to City neighborhoods so that residents would be encouraged to discuss emerging issues and voice concerns and preferences about their respective communities. Meetings are attended by citizens, City Council and many other City officials, giving everyone a chance to talk in a relaxed, informal environment about the things that matter to them most.

Participating in a town hall meeting can be an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to bring their own perspectives and issues to the table. If you are new to the community, this can be a great way to meet neighbors and learn about the issues facing the community. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Clerk of Council Paige Rice by email, or call (434) 970-3113. 

Posted by Heather Hill

October 24, 2016

NDRA October Board Meeting - Cancelled

The October NDRA board meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 27th has been cancelled.  The next and final meeting in 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th.  If you have an item you would like reflected on the 12/8 agenda, please email Heather Hill (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Posted by Heather Hill

September 25, 2016

City Voter Registration, Absentee Voting, and ID Information

Voter Registration: If you haven’t voted since you last moved, are not sure you are registered, or are not sure where you vote, you can look up your own voter registration information online. Visit http://vote.virginia.gov/  The last day to register or update your registration for the November 8th election is October 17th.  Applications must be received or postmarked by that date or in person at the Voter Registration Office during business hours, until the deadline.

Absentee Voting: For the complete list of qualifying reasons for absentee voting , see the application or visit http://elections.virginia.gov/ .  At this site, you can also apply online for a mailed absentee ballot.  The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 5:00 PM, but voter are strongly encouraged to apply earlier, and if voting that close to the election, to apply and vote in person if they can.  Absentee in-person voting for Charlottesville-registered voters will be available in the City Voter Registration Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, September 23rd through November 4th.  In addition, absentee in-person voting will be available at the City Voter Registration Office on two Saturdays, October 29th and November 5th, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The Voter Registration Office will also be open on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM for voter registration and absentee voting. 

Voter Photo ID Requirement: Voters must show a photo ID when voting in-person absentee or when voting at the polls on election day.  Most voters use their Virginia driver’s license or DMV ID, or school or work ID.  For a complete list or acceptable IDs see: http://elections.virginia.gov/ 

If you have any questions about voter registration, absentee voting or voter ID, please call the Charlottesville Voter Registration Office at 434-970-3250. 

Posted by Heather Hill

May 23, 2016

Two Incidents on North 1st Street - Tips to Deter Crime Activity

Earlier in May, a neighbor on North First Street was a victim of two separate incidents.  First, money (not in plain sight) was stolen from their unlocked car, then two weeks later a stranger entered their home which was locked, however the key was mistakenly left in the keyhole on the outside of the door.  Fortunately, one of their dogs scared the person away prior to anything being stolen. 

We share this with the neighborhood to remind everyone that while we do consider it a safe place to live, North Downtown is not immune to such activity.  If you or someone you know has been a victim or becomes a victim of a crime, please report it, regardless of how small.  The non-emergency number (434.977.9041) or the city police website (http://www.charlottesville,org/police) are available options for reporting if you choose not to call 911. If you are a victim of a home invasion, call 911 immediately.  The following are a few tips that have been provided to us in the past which are worth stating again:

1. Lock your vehicle and your home.
2. Remove your valuables from the car.
3. Never leave anything of value in your car in plain sight.
4. Leave your exterior house lights on,  if you don’t have motion detector lights.
5. If you see or hear anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police to investigate.

Posted by Heather Hill

July 25, 2015

A Few Tips from a Patrol Officer When Walking Alone, Leaving Home Unoccupied

While we work to get additional information on some recent incidents in and around the neighborhood, wanted to share some helpful tips from one of the patrol officers for those that walk to/from the downtown area during evening hours: 
• Highly recommended walking in groups
• Keep your head up (no texting/looking at phone or in bags) and swivel to assess surroundings
• If you see someone approaching or across the street, make eye contact (this ensures they are aware that you have seen their face)
• Continually evaluate surroundings
• Carry a light with you

Given some recent break-ins, a few considerations (some of which may be obvious but worth double checking) include:
• Ensure all doors and windows are locked
• Leave some lights on, including front door (perhaps on timers)
• Notify nearby neighbors of your travel plans so they have heightened awareness of unusual activity

Posted by Heather Hill

January 30, 2015

Use of Pesticides & Safer Chemical Management Policies

NDRA has been discussing the use of lawn and garden pesticides in Charlottesville and recently sent a letter to the City Council asking them to adopt safer chemical management policies that will reduce the use of all types of pesticides in city parks, school yards, and other public property. Our Board would also like to encourage local residents to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in their homes, lawns, and gardens. Below is a list of safer alternatives that can be used to effectively control unwanted pests. To learn more about safer methods for controlling weeds, invasive plants, insects, rodents, etc. please contact John Cruickshank at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 434 973-0373

Safer alternatives for the control of:
- Weeds and invasive plants: Burnout II, Scythe, corn gluten meal, heat weeding machines (Red Dragon), hand pull
- Poison Ivy: San Gabriel’s Poison Ivy, Scythe, heat weeding machines (Red Dragon), hand pull with caution
- Insects: mixture of boric acid and jelly, sealing and caulking entry areas
- Rodents: mouse and rat traps, sealing and caulking entry areas, house cat
- Disinfecting: hydrogen peroxide & vinegar in spray bottles are effective disinfectants
- General Cleaning: Bon Ami Powder Cleanser, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, Ecover Cream Scrub, Whole Foods Market All Purpose Cleaner (EWG.org has many more examples)

Posted by Heather Hill

December 17, 2013

NDRA Facebook Page

The North Downtown Residents Association now has a Facebook page. “Like” us at

You have been asking about communication within the neighborhood and a lot of residents do not want their email address public. This way, you can casually communicate and only those interested in signing up (“like”) will see your posting. We will be making our page more robust in 2014 and look forward to having your follow us as well as contribute! 

We strongly recommend that you sign up under the RSS logo for “email updates” of NDRA and City postings on this website’s Home Page.  http://www.northdowntown.org
This website is how we communicate with the neighborhood as the official face and voice of NDRA.

Posted by Colette Hall

November 7, 2013

NDRA/ND Membership

We welcome you to NDRA (North Downtown Residents Association), to strengthen your voice in City matters and to encourage your input into what NDRA says and does on behalf of our neighborhood. We ask that you become/renew your membership by either making a payment using PayPal at the “Join NDRA” in the upper right-hand column of the webpage http://www.northdowntown.org or send a $20 check (per household) to PO Box 1739, Charlottesville, 22902. Please include you email address on the check.

Thank you for supporting your neighborhood association.

Posted by Colette Hall

March 24, 2013

Crimes in North Downtown and Public Safety

Sign-up and receive email when crimes are committed in the North Downtown area at http://www.Charlottesville.org  under Departments (Police).
On the “Police” home page in big red letters at the top click on “Crimeview” and apply.

You should start receiving email that lists the crimes within your area (Sign up for 1 mile radius.)

Personal property crimes appear to be on the increase. We have asked you to report it. If you choose not to call 911, you can call the police non-emergency number or report it on-line. (See below.)

He [Chief Longo] asks that we help by reporting the incidents: “It is important that all of these incidents get reported. Citizens can either call the non-emergency number at 434-977-9041, or go on line to our website http://www.charlottesville,org/police and report incidents on-line.”

PLEASE, please report any crime to city police, no matter how small.

1. Police can establish crime patterns
2. Increase patrol where crime increases
3. Crime statistics data
4. Support Chief Logo’s request for increase funding

Council allocates funds for festivals, but not public safety needs.

On the City’s Annual Survey, “Public Safety” is always one of the top three. The funding is not commensurate with the need.

Posted by Colette Hall