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

March 23, 2015

NDRA March Board Meeting Agenda

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Thurs, March 26th 2014 7pm | 410 E. Market St – Spectacle Shop Outlet

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 June, January Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Old Business:
A. Update - Birdwood Neighborhood Egress (:05)
B. Update - Implementing Perm Solution at Nelson/2nd/Northwood (:05)
C. Update - City Safer Chemical Management Practices & Policy (:05)
D. Other (as time permits)

New Business:
A. Work Session on Community Engagement with City Council Recap (:10)
B. BAR/Development Update (:10)
C. Participating in “Charlottesville Sparkles Cleaning Festival” (:10)
D. Upcoming Downtown Parking Stakeholder Meetings (:05)
E. Planning, Resourcing Outreach Efforts and Community Events (:15)
F. Roundtable/Other (as time permits)


Next meeting Thursday, April 30th 7pm, Central Library – Madison Room
Other announcements

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 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
https://www.facebook.com/NorthDowntownResidentsAssociation

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.

Reasons:
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