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Parking Allocations at Court Square

Post Date:07/24/2019 12:47 PM
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Media Contact
Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
434-970-3129
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2019

Parking Allocations at Court Square

New on-street parking allocations in the vicinity of Court Square will take effect on Monday, August 5, 2019.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - New on-street parking allocations in the vicinity of Court Square will take effect on Monday, August 5, 2019.

All spaces abutting the historical court buildings will be allocated for Albemarle County Courts users, as outlined below. Signage in Court Square will be installed on August 5.

• The 10 spaces on Fourth Street will be made available to address short-term official support/visitors, such as police officers called to testify, County social service workers and interpreters and will require vehicles to display a hang tag provided by authorized Court personnel.

• The four spaces on East Jefferson Street may be used by members of the public visiting the Albemarle County Courts on official business and will be restricted to use for not more than 30 minutes.

Notice of the upcoming parking changes will be posted for the next two weeks. Comments may be submitted to the City's Traffic Engineering Department at (434) 970-3329 or via email to allenjh@charlottesville.org.

Enforcement of the parking restrictions is the jurisdiction of Charlottesville Police Department.

Joint Agreement on Courts

The December 2018 agreement between the City and Albemarle County ensures that the Albemarle County General District Court and Circuit Court will remain downtown, in the Court Square area. It includes a provision that all parking abutting the historical Courts block be allocated for Albemarle County Courts.

Under the agreement, Albemarle and Charlottesville will undertake a redevelopment of the Levy Building site, located at 350 Park Street. The Levy Building will be renovated for use by the County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and a new 3-story building connected to the Levy Building will accommodate court sets for the City General District Court and County General District Court. In total, the redevelopment will provide 60,730 gross square feet, at an estimated cost of $30 million. The City will contribute approximately $6.8 million toward the project, based on its use of the new facility.

Parking for Court users will be addressed through the redevelopment of the shared City-County parcel at 7th Street NE and East Market Street. Under the agreement, the County will sell its share of the parcel to the City. The City plans to develop a parking structure to support the courts and other parking needs downtown. During Court operating hours, 90 parking spaces will be designated for County Court users. The agreement is for a 20-year period, with an option to extend for an additional 20 years.

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