Albemarle Board Moves Forward On New Police Gun Range

August 14, 2013

The highly-debated police firearms training facility is one stop closer to finding a home after Wednesday's Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The board voted unanimously to continue exploring one proposed site -- the Milton site at the University of Virginia, recommended by county staff.

The site on Milton Road is the location of an existing firearms range used by UVa police. At Wednesday's work session, staff said it was found to be the easiest to build on and the least expensive of all locations that have been considered.

The space currently houses an open range, which has stirred noise complaints in the past. The new site would be enclosed.

Albemarle County Police Chief Colonel Steve Sellers says that he thinks the proposed indoor facility would benefit both the department and the neighbors.

"Some of the citizens that I've spoken to in and around that location see it as a win-win solution. It sort of silences an outdoor range that's been there for many, many years, and makes the neighborhood much quieter and safer," says Sellers.

The range would be used by Charlottesville, Albemarle and the University of Virginia Police Departments.

The next step in this process will be a formal public participation plan.

Staff will continue pursuing the Milton site and report back to supervisors about the progress made at a work session in October.

The project is estimated to cost $4 to 5 million.

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