Ivy Road

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Ivy Road is a portion of U.S. Route 250 and Business Route 250 signed between Virginia Route 240 in the west, passing through Ivy, and on to the intersection with Business U.S. Route 29 (Emmet Street) and University Avenue at the east.

The portion of the road with the city is one of Charlottesville's Entrance corridors.

The University of Virginia is in the first phase of studying streetscape improvements for the corridor and hope to coordinate that work with the Emmet Street Streetscape. [1]

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Vortex 2015 resources

The corridor is the subject of the University of Virginia School of Architecture 2015 Vortex. [citation needed] The University owns a lot of property along the road. [2]

Can the Ivy Road corridor be redeveloped as a new “academical village” to improve the undergraduate experience at the University of Virginia. That’s the challenge put to students and faculty at the School of Architecture during their fourth annual vortex. Every year the entire school participates in a week-long design study of a specific area in the community, such as last year’s focus on the Route29 Corridor.

This time around, teams will take on a section of land that has many properties owned by the University or one of its subsidiaries. These include the Cavalier Inn and the former home of the Kluge Rehabilitation Center.

“The project intends to imagine and investigate alternatives, for living, studying and playing, to the privatized spaces of 14th Street, JPA, and Rugby Road , envisioning a highly visible new public threshold into Central Grounds that builds on the 200 year-old Jeffersonian tradition of the original academical village,” reads the directive.

To the west, the University of Virginia Foundation owns the Birdwood Golf Course and the Boar’s Head Inn.

This year’s directive is to challenge the students to redesign the corridor as “a complex of alternative living arrangements for undergraduate students.”

“The residences [would be] structured within a rich complex of interior and exterior public spaces—that will reinforce the bonds of intellectual and social community begun in the first year undergraduate experience,” reads the brief.

The goal is to carve out a space that would be separate from how commercial development has affected land use north of the university.

This year, one project team will be charged with documenting the event as teams work on the their plans. Awards will be given out on Sunday, Jan. 18 during a public presentation at Carver Recreation Center beginning at 11:00 am.

“Awards will be presented on the basis of particular contributions a project makes to our understanding of new modes of extending and enriching student residential living and the public realm that connects the university to the city and the county. We have an opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the ongoing discussions about ways to enrich the student experience and to improve the campus, city, and county thresholds.”

1994 study

Albemarle, Charlottesville and the University hired Lardener Klein Landscape Architects to conduct design study for Ivy Road, an area that the study described as a 'front door' to all three jurisdictions. By 2008, the university had completed two infrastructure projects on its property, but neither the city or county had been able to fund new sidewalk or bike lane constructions as one of transportation priority projects. [3] The University recommended the city and county pursue VDOT revenue sharing to pay for the improvements.

The study assumed that UVa would build an "arts gateway" at the intersection of Emmet Street and University Avenue. However, that idea was eventually discarded.

Since the study, Uva has built a large parking structure on Ivy as well as the nearby John Paul Jones Arena.

2008 request for city and county funding to upgrade Ivy Road

In 2008, the university asked both the city and county to help fund a $5 million project to enhance the entire Ivy Road corridor. At the time, UVa was proposing to contribute $1 million but both communities declined. [4]

2012 intersection upgrade

The intersection of Business 29 and Business 250, at Emmet Street and Ivy Road, was modified by The University at a cost of $812,600, with $400,000 of this funding to come from Charlottesville[5][6]

2013 sidewalk request

In October 2013, the county’s Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to seek $1 million in funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation to build a sidewalk and other infrastructure between Charlottesville city limits and the Bellair subdivision. [4]

2018 changes

The University of Virginia is set to move forward with a series of changes to the corridor including the demolition of the Cavalier Inn in the spring. Several parcels around the current structure will become part of a new hotel and conference center. [7]



  1. Web. Board of Visitors hears new details about Emmet streetscape, Ivy Corridor, Tim Dodson, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 15, 2016, retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. Web. UVa influence on 250 continues to expand, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2009, retrieved January 11, 2015.
  3. Web. Ivy Road Improvement Study: PACC Report, University of Virginia Office of the Architect for the University, May 2008, retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Web. Supervisors approve bike lanes for Ivy Road, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 3, 2013, retrieved January 11, 2015.
  5. Web. UVA gateway may get $400K from city, Brendan Fitzgerald, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, October 3rd 11:04am
  6. Web. UVa plans pocket park at site of old restaurant, gas station; Buddy’s played role in civil rights movement, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 6 Aug 2011, retrieved August 23, 2012.
  7. Web. UVa moves forward with Ivy Road development project, Ruth Serven, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 1, 2018, retrieved February 2, 2018.