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

April 17, 2014

Belmont Bridge Replacement - Public Meetings

Come learn about the enhanced bridge and underpass alternatives, and ask questions about the project prior to the May 19th City Council public hearing. 

Two opportunities to join in the discussion:

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road

Thursday, May 8, 6 -8 pm
City Space 100 5th Street NW (off the Downtown Mall)

Posted by Heather Hill

April 10, 2014

Innovation and Regulation - Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on implementing the City’s vision from the 2013 Comprehensive Plan
Tuesday, April 22nd | City Council Chambers
Panel Discussion: 5-7PM | Webinar 7-8PM

Moderated by Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Brian Wheeler
Lauren Hildebrand City Utility Director
Brian Haluska – Senior Planner
Charles Werner – Fire Chief
Tim Hughes – City Arborist
Charlie Armstrong – Southern Development
Valerie Long – Williams Mullen
Tim Mohr – Todd Mohr Design
Bruce Wardell – BRW Architects

Following the panel, there will be a screening of the webinar “All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets”

Posted by Heather Hill

April 10, 2014

West Main Street Action Plan Steering Committee Public Meeting

Discussion of Proposed Design Concept
Tuesday, April 15 5:30 pm | UPDATED LOCATION: 407 E. Water Street

1. Introductions
2. Update/Follow-Up from March 26 Steering Committee Meeting
    a. 3 Streetscape options: “Woonerf,” Side Cycletrack, and Multi-Use Boulevard
    b. th10/Roosevelt Brown intersection
    c. McIntire Road Intersection
    d. Option A1/B1 Alternatives
3. Urban Design Discussion
    a. Draft Urban Design Principles
    b. Zoning Analysis: Existing and Proposed Sections
4. Next Steps

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

January 14, 2014

Traffic Alerts - 250 Interchange Project

STAY INFORMED !  http://www.250interchange.org

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.

Have you noticed an increase in cut-through traffic? If so, let us know so we can pass that onto City Hall re: traffic calming. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Posted by Colette Hall

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