Albemarle County Office Building

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The Albemarle County Office Building is in the former Lane High School building at 401 McIntire Road in the City of Charlottesville. [1]

It contains Lane Auditorium, home to many public meetings.

The "County Office Building" is not to be confused with the annex building on 5th Street Extended, known as "COB South."


Albemarle County purchased the building from the city for $800,000 in 1978. There was a $1.5 million estimate to renovate it for use by the county. However, bids came in three times higher than expected. [2]

The Board of Supervisor room updated in the mid 2000's [3]

Design of a long-planned replacement of the windows is expected to proceed in 2019 with bidding in 2020. [4]

Relocation discussions

In 2016, the Board of Supervisors is considering several options to meet its expanding needs for space. One involves moving the county's General District Court to the former Lane High School and moving administrative functions to a new county office building withing Albemarle's borders. [5] It is unclear where this effort stands as of September 2018.


A long-planned project to install new windows will proceed in 2021. These will help the county toward its greenhouse gas reduction goals by replacing inefficient windows installed in the late 70's. [6] The project has a budget of $2.13 million. In all, 390 windows will be replaced.


  1. Web. Official County of Albemarle Web Site, County of Albemarle, retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. Print: Bids For Offices Top $4 million, Robert Brickhouse, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 30, 1980, Page .
  3. Web. Update on COB Renovations, September 1, 2004, Albemarle County, retrieved October 16, 2016.
  4. Web. Capital Projects Status Report - 2nd Quarter CY2019, Status Report, Facilities & Environmental Services Department Facilities Planning & Construction Division, August 7, 2019, retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. Web. Albemarle court relocation options to be presented to public, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 14, 2016, retrieved October 16, 2016.
  6. Web. FES Quarterly Report – April 2021, News Article, Albemarle County Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, April 2021, retrieved April 24, 2021.