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Bundoran Farm, a stalled and troubled residential development in Albemarle County, has a new lease on life. The project was purchased this week by Natural Assets, a British sustainable leisure and vacation company. The company’s U.S. operations are based in Charlottesville and it purchased the property from Wells Fargo Bank, which foreclosed on the property in 2011. Natural Assets announced that it plans on transforming Bundoran Farm into the top conservation-based residential community in the country.
There is one thing that Virginia has a lot of – history. Historical sites all across the Commonwealth have elicited fierce controversies over land use provisions and new developments. It appears that a new controversy has sprung up in Albemarle County regarding the viewshed from Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello. About a month ago the Jefferson Foundation, the nonprofit entity that owns and operates Monticello, filed a request with the Albemarle County Planning Commission that would add language to the county’s Comprehensive Plan protecting the view from the mountain-top estate. Planning Commissioner Richard Randolph supported the plan and at a meeting last night vocally chastised organizations and individuals who opposed the request.
It is rare that the Supreme Court of Virginia is asked to step in to hear about the legality of an issue facing a YMCA. However, that is exactly what happened to the Piedmont Family YMCA with its project in McIntire Park in Charlottesville. The project has been delayed since May of 2012 when an organization of local fitness clubs filed a lawsuit claiming that the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County had violated the Virginia Public Procurement Act for making contributions to the project’s construction.
The City of Charlottesville is moving forward with two improvement plans that would help to revitalize areas that have been receiving more and more interest from developers. For many years, the City Council did not have any planning guidelines in place to let construction begin but the city’s Planning Commission lobbied hard to get the ball rolling. (more…)
In May 2010, a group of fitness club owners in Albemarle County brought a lawsuit against the City of Charlottesville and the County for providing contributions for the construction of a new YMCA facility. This past January the Court ruled that the lawsuit was without merit and the project can now move forward. (more…)