Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rubber biscuit

The big news from Charlottesville as the year ends is a new state park - Biscuit Run. Instead of hosting 800 homes as considered for several years, the developers decided to get out.
It's going to be interesting to see what happens in Charlottesville and beyond after this decision. When I worked in Charlottesville, most of my co-workers lived at least 30 minutes away - north in Greene County, east in Fluvanna or across the mountain in Augusta.
Waynesboro has become a shopping mecca - Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's and their friends - thanks to people who work in Charlottesville and like the lower house prices of Augusta County. The same things were happening in the other surrounding areas.
Development south of Charlottesville had been limited by geography and zoning laws. Biscuit Run was going to be the development anchor, but no longer.
If this the end of the Charlottesville building boom? Or will the city and University of Virginia continue to grow, and try to squeeze into existing housing areas?
The state will have a new park for people to drive to. After they drive miles from their houses to get to Charlottesville. And the big boxes in Waynesboro will stay busy.

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