Potemkin Village

May 24
I live in a neighborhood at the foot of Monticello, in a house built by James Starkes. James was working for the Charlottesville Woolen Mills in 1860, eight years before the mill took that name. Eight tenths of a mile west of the Mill site we have new a new neighbor, the Black Market Moto Saloon. The proprietor of the Saloon hopes to secure a special use permit to operate a Music Hall

where are the amplifiers
September 26, Neighborhood Development Services, in conjunction with Moto proprietor, M. Frankovich, conducted a “sound test”. City Councilors and Planning Commissioners plus police and NDS staff were on hand. Only thing missing was the source of the Moto’s big sound. No drums, no bass, no amps, no musicians on stage. Just a svelte PA system and a dismounted bison head.

What did the sound test find? Moderate sound spillage to the street.

Jessica Cunnington of Channel 19 reporting the Big Story. She said it never got too loud near the “Woolen Hills” neighborhood.

Black Market Moto Saloon

The proprietor of a recently established restaurant-bar at the gateway of the Woolen Mills neighborhood hopes to acquire a discretionary permit from our City Council to operate a “Music Hall”.

Party advocates are thrilled by the prospect of a small venue (150 legal capacity) with a big sound.

Peoples’ needs/desires are in conflict. The clients of the Moto Saloon want to drink and dance, the Moto proprietor wants to make money. The residents of the neighborhood want to sleep at night.

Union Chapel

The purposes of the Association shall be:
1. the cultivation of a good community spirit and the maintenance of our area as a wholesome, pleasant place to live.
2. The promotion of programs that will enhance the community spirit and residential quality of the area;
3. The representation of its members to all organizations including the various governing bodies and their instruments, for the conservation and enhancement of this area as an attractive, safe, enjoyable place to live and rear one’s family. –WMNA by-laws

SUP 101

SUP 101

Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services planner Brian Haluska AICP presents information regarding the purpose and intent of the “Special Use Permit” provision within the zoning code. How are such permits applied for? Who can grant an SUP?
The informational meeting was held at the Woolen Mills Chapel, organized by Cindy Cartwright and Bill Lankford. Attended by 30 citizens…
Mr. Haluska pointed the assembled toward the definition and regulations pertaining to music halls.

transmute? transmogrify?

JABA will break ground on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 10 to 11 AM for its affordable senior housing development, Timberlake Place, 1512 East Market Street, in the historic Woolen Mills neighborhood of Charlottesville.

trans·mute–verb (used with object), verb (used without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.

trans·mog·ri·fy–verb (used with object), trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing.
to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform. —Dictionary.com