City Council to Take Big Step in Revamping West Main Street

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

February 17, 2013

The city of Charlottesville is continuing to revamp the West Main Street area by beautifying, developing and designing. On Tuesday, city council is set to approve money that will go toward improving the streetscape.

Shenanigan's Toy Shop is the new kid on the block. After moving from its Barracks Road Shopping Center location, it's the newest addition to Charlottesville's artery: West Main Street.

"The move was very exciting. We love the light, we love the neighborhood, people walking by, riding by on bikes, or stopping by on a whim," said the book buyer for Shenanigan's, Jolee Horn.

Charlottesville City Council is set to approve $350,000 toward an important step in revitalizing West Main Street. City councilor Kathy Galvin says she's excited for the project to bring more new neighbors to the block, in addition to jobs and growth.

"Rebuilding West Main Street is something that has been a goal of the city for 12 years, and it is finally getting a step closer to reality," Galvin says.

The funding proposal on the table for Tuesday's meeting is for the money engineers need to completely update West Main Street to
incorporate new city goals such as bike paths, tree canopies and stormwater management.

Galvin says this step will finally address the missing links of the area.

"That's going to jumpstart all the new in-fill to complete the smile, so to speak, of West Main Street."

One Meatball Place joined the neighborhood six months ago.

"We've seen a lot more foot traffic now than we had in the past with all the changes and all the building they've done here," said Valentino Bolling, the chef and general manager at One Meatball Place.

He says they've already seen positive changes and can't wait for even more development and growth.

Galvin says it will also bring jobs to the area. She says new business opportunity for college graduates as well as construction jobs will be important for growth and the unemployed.

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