Council holds public hearing on Hinton Avenue rezoning

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After a long public hearing with opposing opinions, the Charlottesville City Council decided to vote on Hinton Avenue rezoning for affordable housing with the Aug. 5 meeting's consent agenda.

Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church proposed a plan to add 15 units to the church in which four would be affordable housing specifically for those with developmental disabilities.

Twenty-five people signed up to speak on the project. Some people were worried that it was moving too fast without looking into major issues of space in the area. Many in the room, like Rev. Susan Minasian, pastor of Sojourners United Church of Christ, were in support of the project.

"The welfare of the city and underserved residents who desperately need this housing should be your priority," said Minasian. "I ask as one of their neighbors that the city council promote the values you support on record and employ those values in your unanimous affirmative vote."

An issue brought up was parking, but the applicants of the project pointed out that, since the units are mostly for those who are disabled and elderly, cars parked on the street should not be a big issue.

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