Land clearing for Albemarle Place begins
As you can see, they’ve begun clearing the land for Albemarle Place, the self-proclaimed “town center” at the intersection of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road that will be two-times the size of the Downtown Mall. Developers still have a few hoops to jump through, such as getting Albemarle County Architectual Review Board approval for a possible 10-story residential building, a 14-screen movie theater, and final drawings for the new Whole Foods building, but it looks like the mega-development is a go. Apparently, this kind of early grading is allowed, even though the final site plan has not been approved, because it pertains to a zoning application that was already approved. Huh? Calls to the Albemarle Planning Commission were not returned by blog post time, but we hope to find out soon why developers were allowed to jump the gun. Stay tuned!