And this is a good thing, I think. Courtesy of Charlottesville Tomorrow:
Southern Development is donating an acre and a half of land to increase the size of Forest Hills Park in Charlottesville. The land, which is appraised at $90,000, is located between Forest Ridge Road and Antoinette Avenue. The donation, if approved at tonight’s City Council meeting, will increase the park’s size by 20%.
The 1.5 acres is adjacent to a new condominium complex currently under construction off of Rock Creek Road. The land is not visible from Forest Ridge Road, but it is adjacent to a trail which connects the park to the Johnson Village neighborhood.
People want to live near “stuff” – and parks are part of this. One of the three homes for sale in Johnson Village has a Walk Score of 52 – pretty walkable (and much more bikeable).
Sure, Southern Development probably isn’t giving the land purely out of generosity, but why wouldn’t the City accept this donation of park land?
* Link to Johnson Village added by me
There are quite a few homes for sale around the Forest Hills Park: