September 13, 2006
Tonight, the Charlottesville Planning Commission will take a look at UVa's South Lawn expansion project. The project features a 110,000 square foot academic building, a pedestrian bridge over Jefferson Park Avenue and some new open space. A report released last week shows Charlottesville Planning Staff is concerned the proposal doesn't include enough sidewalks or a proper entry point off of JPA, all concerns UVa officials say will be remedied.
"We fully want an accessible project for the public. I want to improve access to the lawn and Old Cabel Hall as well as to allow for appropriate and easy access to the new South Lawn buildings," said University Architect David Neuman.
Under a 15-year-old agreement, the City can offer suggestions for changes, but UVa has the ultimate decision making power. The project is expected to be completed some time in 2010 and will cost about $105 million.