Would You Support a Mixed-Use Development in Virginia-Highland?

What would you like to see the parking lot on N. Highland Avenue and Briarcliff Place used for?

The parking lot on N. Highland Avenue across the street from and is one of the few undeveloped multi-lot properties in Virginia-Highland.

Developers announced in 2006 a plan to build a mixed-use development on the property, but a decline in the real estate market put the project on hold.

Plans involved a four-story building that included retail and residential space, an outdoor food court and a parking deck with nearly 300 parking spaces.

The project went through several transformations after major pushback from the community including parking concerns and height of the building, among many other issues.

Today, the lot is used to ease parking issues in the retail district of the neighborhood and is the go-to spot for the weekly food truck event on Wednesdays.

What would you like to see the lot used for? Would you like to see Landau move forward with his project? Would you prefer the property remain as is? Share your opinion in the comments.

pmkatl May 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This is a no-brainer. Of course we should embrace the development of this eyesore. That stretch of N. Highland desperately needs a fresh coat of paint, so to speak. this development, if done properly with the cooperation of both developer and neighborhood, would be transformative. Between this development, the new park, and maybe a somewhat splashy new tenant in the Star-Ben and Jerry's space the area would immediately have the fresher feel that is warranted by this neighborhood.
Kimberly Perdue May 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I 100% agree with the no-brainer comment. And I understand the need to go 4 stories to accommodate parking and live space. And I think it is much smarter to make the access in and out be on the side street to ease any additional stop and go on North Highland. That end of the street really needs additional activity to support the retail stores and restaurants. If this get's voted down, the last think we need is a black top parking lot. If it is going to stay a parking lot, maybe a some sort of green-friendly cement surface with benches and planters incorporated into the design. Lord knows we need more parking, let's just make it an attractive addition.
JD Christy May 31, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I agree if developed, it needs to be an attractive addition. The issue of 3 or 4 stories was discussed in many long public meeting as Neighborhood Commercial (NC) Zoning Code was developed and agreed to by the Commercial property owners, businesses, the Neighborhood & the City. There was a good deal of give & take. The height limits included high ceilings for first floor retail. A good development could certainly benefit the area, & can be done without overpowering the area. Zoning codes can help with development while maintaining a balance that so many have worked over the years to keep. Virginia Highland has been a model, looked to, copied, and written about. It didn't just automatically happen, it takes dedication & involvement & a little love.
Victoria Shanahan June 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Only if sensitive to the neighborhood and it's needs, meaning not 4 stories, be mixed use, have rents that allow LOCAL businesses to locate there, and be designed for the WALKABLE/biking neighborhood that we are. We don't need more bars/restaurants, but I'm so afraid that's what we will get. And, it must be sensitive to the nearby home owners.
T June 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
If done properly (in the taste and nature of the neighborhood even if it is more dense), development on that lot could be an asset. However, let's not encourage any development simply because the owners who would profit from the development refuse to keep their property up to a reasonable standard. Go look a the parking lot on N.Highland at Amsterdam. A responsbile property owner spent some money and is keeping it maintained. No one is complaining it's an eyesore and hoping an overly dense development woud replace it. The owner of the lot at N.Highland/Briarcliff Place needs to clean up their mess today and not pull down our neighborhood. We've been way to accepting of their weeds, broken cement, broken bottles, plastic construction runoff barriers and zero landscape for too long. Let's not reward them for it.


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