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 25, 2014

NDRA October Board Meeting Agenda

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Thursday, October 30th 2014 7:00pm | Central Library McIntire 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.

Guest(s)
Pam Baker DeGuzman – Neighborhood Fox Problem

Approval of June, August, and September Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Old Business:
A. Update on Perm Solutions at Nelson/2nd/Northwood Intersection (:10)
B. Belmont Bridge Update (:05)
C. City Adoption of Safer Chemical Management Policy (:10)
D. Police Foundation Video (:05)
E. Other (as time permits)

New Business:
A. Snow Removal Guidelines, Supporting Neighbors Needing Assist (:10)
B. Market Plaza Development (:10)
C. Plans for McIntire Park East/McIntire Road Extended Project (:10)
D. North Downtown Engagement in Community Committees (:10)
E. Recap from Neighborhood Representatives Meeting (:05)
F. Save the Date! December 10th Town Hall Meeting Hosted by City (:05)
G. Committee Updates (:10)
H. Other (as time permits)

Next NDRA/North Downtown meeting Thursday, December 18th 7pm, Central Library Jefferson Room
Other announcements

Posted by Heather Hill

October 24, 2014

7th Annual Doggie Howl-O-Ween - THURSDAY!

Downtown Mall & Main Street Arena | Thursday, 10/30, 5:00-8:00PM
The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Travel by Patty Benford, Sammy Snacks, Main Street Arena, Yellow Cab, Virginia National Bank, Brown Subaru, Payne Ross & Associates, and the Charlottesville Newsplex are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Doggie Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, October 30 on the Historic Downtown Mall! Proceeds of Doggie Howl-O-Ween benefit the Amanda Benford Cure for Canine Cancer Research.  Doggie Howl-O-Ween will take place from 5 – 8 pm on the Downtown Mall and Main Street Arena. Over 20 participating Downtown businesses will have treats for doggie Trick-or-Treating from 5 - 6:30pm! The Doggie Parade to the Main Street Arena will begin at 6:30 pm and the Doggie Costume Contest will begin at 7:00 pm. Costume contest registration is $10.

Posted by Heather Hill

October 24, 2014

Annual Downtown Safe Halloween - SATURDAY!

nTelos Wireless Pavilion & Downtown Mall | Saturday, 10/25, 2:00-5:00PM
Come join this community event sponsored in partnership with Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, BAMA Works, many of our Downtown Businesses and community contributors. A wide variety of activities and entertainment will run from 2:00-4:30pm under the pavilion and in front of City Hall. The costume contest will be held under the pavilion from 3:15-4:15pm and beginning at 4:30pm, trick or treating will be held on the Downtown Mall until 5:00pm.

Posted by Heather Hill

October 17, 2014

Save the Date! Our Town Charlottesville - North Downtown

Thursday, Dec 11th, 6-8pm | Key Recreation Center, 800 E. Market St.

Join city council and staff at a town hall meeting to talk about the issues that matter to you and your neighbors. Dinner & childcare provided. This meting includes the neighborhoods of North Downtown, Little High, Locust Grove, Woodhaven, and Martha Jefferson.  Our Town Charlottesville meetings will continue monthly across the City. Anyone is welcome to attend any meeting, but issues specific to the neighborhoods named will be given priority. For more information: charlottesville.org/ourtown or 434-970-3101.

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

August 16, 2014

250 Interchange Project Report (8.10.14)

Project is 75% Complete, Estimated Completion – Summer 2015

The previous two weeks (7/28-8/8), the contractor has been:
• Forming & Backfilling Ramp 2 Retaining Wall – new 250EB on ramp @ McIntire
• Creating Abutment Footers and Forming Abutment Wings for Bridge
• Working on Shared Use Paths along McIntire
• Installing gas line on 250EB
• Installed junction boxes at McIntire/Harris and McIntire/250EB intersections
• Completed stream diversion for culvert under 250

The following two weeks (8/11-8/22), the contractor will be:
• Installing steel girders for Bridge
• Installing signals @ Park Street/ramps and Harris/McIntire
• Continuing work on Bridge Abutments
• Continuing work on Ramp 2 Retaining Wall – new 250EB on ramp @ McIntire
• Completing gas line along 250EB

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

January 14, 2014

Traffic Alerts - 250 Interchange Project

STAY INFORMED !  http://www.250interchange.org
PERIODIC LANE CLOSURES
EXPECT DELAYS, 9AM - 4PM

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
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