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

January 25, 2015

Town Hall Meeting on Rio Road/US29 Proposed Expressway

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Sutherland Middle School | 2801 Powell Creek Drive
If you are interested in joining in the conversation on the Rio Rd/US29 proposed expressway, mark your calendars for a Town Hall meeting with county supervisor Ken Boyd.  RSVP to Laura Knox ( LauraKnox @SMART29.org or 434.249.7442)

Posted by Heather Hill

January 22, 2015

Market Plaza Concept Presentation to NDRA | January 29th, 7pm, Central Library Jefferson Room

As reflected in the published agenda, NDRA will be kicking off its January Board meeting with a presentation of the Market Plaza concept by architect Greg Powe and developer Keith Woodard. “Market Plaza” refers to the open block currently occupied by the City Market which has been approved for a vertical mixed use complex including a civic plaza (to accommodate the City Market and an urban park), retail, office, residential, and parking. Anyone interested learning more is encouraged to attend. 

Posted by Heather Hill

January 22, 2015

NDRA January Board Meeting Agenda

Thursday, January 29th 2014 7:00pm | Central Library, 3rdfloor Jefferson Room

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.

Greg Powe & Keith Woodard – Market Plaza Concept Presentation (:30)

Approval of June, December Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Old Business:
A. Birdwood Neighborhood Egress – Submitting resident signed petition for traffic study (:10)
B. Other (as time permits)

New Business:
A. Recap from Quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Meeting with City Manager (:10)
B. BAR/Development Update (:10)
C. Committee Updates from Chairs (:15)
Next NDRA/North Downtown meeting Thursday, February 26th 7pm, LOCATION TBD
Other announcements

Posted by Heather Hill

December 14, 2014

250 Interchange - Opening to Traffic in Late January

UPDATE: the City is currently planning on the opening of the 250 Interchange to traffic the afternoon of January 28th.  This is weather dependent and therefore may shift a few days.  Full completion (including landscaping, etc) is on track for mid Spring. The traffic opening will include activation of the lights at the intersections of Park St. and 250 ramps.  For additional information, including visuals of the final plan, visit http://www.250interchange.org/.

Posted by Heather Hill

December 14, 2014

Snow Removal – Regulations & Supporting Neighbors

While it may be hard to believe, our first snow of the season may be just around the corner. In preparation for this, you may want to view the City’s Snow Removal Regulations which includes removal of snow from sidewalks by residents within 24 hours following the end of a snow storm.  (http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=2431)

As a neighborhood we would like to be best prepared to support each other in this effort by identifying and helping neighbors who are unable to remove the snow from their own walks. While we anticipate this will largely happen organically among adjacent neighbors, please let NDRA know if (a) you are willing to help a nearby neighbor and/or (b) you or a neighbor are not able/do not have the help you need.  With this information we can best match up those who can help with those that need it!

Posted by Heather Hill

October 17, 2014

Energize!Charlottesville Community Campaign

Good news! Charlottesville has been selected as a Quarterfinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national energy savings competition to win a $5 million grand prize! Learn about the Energize!Charlottesville community campaign to win, pledge your support, and give feedback on the proposed game plan for community energy savings at energizecharlottesville.org. Game plans are due at the beginning of November, so send us your comments soon! 

Posted by Heather Hill

May 9, 2014

Dominion Smart Meter Deployment

Between now and Spring 2015, Dominion will be upgrading the Charlottesville area to new, advanced metering technologies. 

For additional information visit dom.com/smartmeter. 

If you have any additional questions you can call Maya Kumazawa, Public Works Program Coordinator, at (434) 970-3301

Posted by Heather Hill

February 6, 2014

Car Larcenies in the City of Charlottesville - Increase In & Tips

Over the past 10 days the Charlottesville Police Dept. has investigated more than 14 cases of car larcenies throughout
various city neighborhoods. Some of those were in the Fry Springs area, Lewis Mountain and Locust-Grove neighborhoods. 
There is a common theme to these reported cases.  More than 90 % of the cases reported,  the cars were left unlocked and
the items reported stolen were electronic devices, a purse and currency and coins left in the console area of the cars.
Some unlocked cars were ransacked and pilfered through looking for valuables, although nothing was found missing.
We are asking for the community’s help to deter and address this problem. 

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

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000

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