Groundbreaking was held yesterday for a 42-unit condominium being built in Belmont, near downtown. The location isn’t clear in the Progress story, but based on the sketch, it’s pretty close to the coal tower. The project is being headed by mega-developers Frank Stoner and Robert Hauser, known mostly for their extensive contributions to development of the suburban ring around Charlottesville. The three-story apartments are scheduled for completion by next spring. Jake Mooney has the story in today’s Progress.
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Here’s how 29 reported the story over the weekend:
Bill Duvall, WVIR 29 Morning Anchor: “It took 12 years, but developers, the City of Charlottesville and Belmont residents broke ground on a new development for the old CSX railroad property. This site was once the railroad’s fueling station and a loading depot. Soon 42 loft style apartments will sit beside the railway tracks. Developers say the two buildings merge industrial character of the railroad and the character of the Belmont neighborhood.”
Frank Stoner, Stonehaus Development: “This was sort of a logical extension of a pre-existing development pattern, and one which maximized the open space — which the community was very concerned about — and accomplished the objective of providing residential housing.”
Blake Caravati, Charlottesville Mayor: “We are a small city and we have to grow in order to prosper, and they way that we grow is in fill and up and greater densities. And this is a really creative answer to dealing with a property that nobody wanted.”
Bill Duvall: “Left over coal, limestone, and diesel remain in the soil as reminders of the old railroad. The City of Charlottesville covered the 180 thousand dollars clean-up cost.”
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