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
November 30, 2013
Traffic Alert re: 250 Interchange work
TRAFFIC ALERT/DETOUR (The last time the detour was longer than anticipated, a lot of this depends on weather. . . )
Effective Monday, December 2, 2013 to Friday, December 6, 4pm.
The installation of drainage structures/relocation of a sewer line will require detours for motorists heading from Park St. onto westbound Route 250 Bypass and heading from eastbound Route 250 Bypass onto Park St.ramp.
Motorists will be directed to utilize the Locust Avenue interchange ramps to U-turn. Formal detour signing will be in place. Work zone is posted at 25 MPH.
Agenda for NDRA/ND Meeting, Thursday December 5, 7pm, library
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
AGENDA for NDRA/ND MEETING
Thursday, December 5, 7 pm, central library, 3rd floor
Welcome and call to order:
NDRA members or residents present at the meeting, we invite you to inform us of concerns or issues you may have concerning our neighborhood.
Guest(s) (if applicable)
Approval of October 31, 2013 minutes
A. Membership update (Colette)
B. Playground equipment
A. Belmont Bridge update
B. Committee creation and assignments
- engaging non Board members in committees
C. Board Communications & Documentation
- Benefits of Leveraging a Distribution List for Communications
- Storage of Files in Shared Location
D. Social Networking through Facebook
- Benefits of Having Page
- Approval of Existing Page and Alignment on Future Content
E. Format for January Board meeting
Next NDRA/North Downtown meeting Thursday, January 23, 7pm, Location TBA
The City has hired a consultant group to do a redevelopment plan for the West Main Street corridor between the Downtown Mall and the University.
We will be holding a public meeting on Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 2 pm, Carver Recreation Center at Jefferson School.
No matter where in the City you live, West Main is your street, and this meeting will be a great chance to share your opinions about what you’d like to see happen in the future. Project website: http://www.gowestmain.com
Margot Elton, Planning Intern
Neighborhood Development Services, 970.3091
For $45 you can get a “Home Energy Check-up” performed by LEAP that includes installation of energy efficient products like light-bulbs and pipe insulation at no cost to you. More than 140 households have taken advantage of this offer since October!
Grand Illumination of the Christmas Tree and Winter Wonderland
Friday, November 29, 2013, 5pm, at Central Place on Downtown Mall
The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, the City and community partners present the Grand Illumination of the Christmas Tree and Winter Wonderland with caroling and entertainment!
Winter Wonderland will open at 5 pm with activities for kids of all ages. There will be arts/crafts, photo booth, holiday games, face painting, favorite holiday characters and more. You may glimpse the jolly old gentleman himself.
Gingerbread Express tickets will go on sale at Winter Wonderland. Tickets - $5 per person.
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.
250 interchange is well underway. We recommend that everyone in North Downtown sign up for the email updates concerning construction and lane closures. Project expected completion is summer of 2015.
Sign up at: http://www.250interchange.org
1. On Home page look for Public Outreach and click.
2. Look for Join Our Mailing List.
3. Enter your name and email.You will receive automatic email updates on the project.
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.
The City of Charlottesville adopted a Stormwater Utility fee to support funding of a comprehensive Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP). The WRPP will address the needs associated with the City’s aging public stormwater infrastructure, increasing regulatory requirements,and stewardship goals. Having a reliable drainage system and clean water are important parts of a safe and healthy community.
The ordinance by City Council would allow the creation of a Stormwater Utility to fund the City’s Water Resources Protection Program to meet a range of water resources goals and challenges, including regulatory compliance, stormwater infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation, drainage system improvements, strategic planning, and water quality protections required as part of the federal and state-mandated Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The stormwater utility would raise revenue through user fees to provide an adequate, sustainable source of funding for stormwater management activities. The proposed stormwater utility would allocate program costs to owners of developed property in the City based on the amount of impervious area (such as roofs, driveways, and parking lots) on their property; impervious surfaces prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground and increase water runoff during storms, which carries harmful pollutants to waterways. City Council will be considering a utility rate of up to $3.25 per month per 1,000 square feet of impervious surface on a property, although the rate may be lower. Revenue raised through the user fee would be specifically dedicated to a defined stormwater program of services. It is proposed that the stormwater utility would be established as of January 1, 2014.
For additional information on this issue and the proposed stormwater utility - including a copy of the ordinance: http://www.charlottesville.org/stormwater. On this website, you can access an on-line tool (searchable by owner name or address) that provides a potential l annual fee range for each parcel in the city.
Concerned about something that’s going on in North Downtown?
Corresponding Secretary, NDRA
or call her at 434-296-6224.
and we’ll either answer you or forward it to someone who can assist you.
To insure the survival of the neighborhood, to protect its integrity and maintain its character, residents must educate themselves on the footprint, mass, effect, and longevity of the proposed 250 Interchange.