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Good-bye, Albemarle Place. Hello, Trader Joe’s?

by Dave McNair

onarch-stonefieldAlbemarle Place has now become Stonefield, but the big vision for a commercial and residential village is still the same.

If you’re one of those who bet that Albemarle Place, the mega-village to be built on 65 acres behind the 7-Eleven on Hydraulic Road that was approved in 2003, would never get built, well, you’d have won that bet, technically.

During a work session and presentation before the County Board of Architectural Review on Monday, January 3 representatives from Edens & Avant, the Columbia, South Carolina-based development company that took over the project, unveiled a plan to scrap the Albemarle Place name and call it Stonefield.

Edens & Avant reps could not be immediately reached for comment, so it’s unclear why the company decided to change the name. However, if the problems and bad publicity that have plagued the project are any indication—the change in developers, the discovery that the aging sewage infrastructure the development would hook into, politely called the Meadowcreek Interceptor, didn’t have the needed capacity (that’s in the process of being replaced at a cost of $24.5 million, and should be completed by August 2011), the economic downturn, and the simple fact that the name “Albemarle Place” has been attached to a non-existent place for so long—it’s not hard to guess why.

As already revealed, the development will feature a million square feet of residential space and nearly a million more square feet of retail and office space, including a new 14-screen Regal Cinemas with a high-tech IMAX® theatre. However, the latest renderings of the project showed something that a lot of folks will hope is not just wishful thinking: a Trader Joe’s on the corner of Hydraulic and Route 29. There was also mention of a Hyatt Place Hotel. Whether or not actual contracts have been signed with those companies can’t be confirmed, but the general feeling among County planning officials is that the long-awaited project is actually going to get built. Indeed, reps from Edens & Avant said they have a desire to break ground in March.

And we’re talking about some serious ground work. Not only does the building site need to be fully prepared, proposed proffers have Edens & Avant chipping in $1 million to build a fourth southbound lane on Route 29 from Westfield Road to 29/250 interchange, and a second lane for the on-ramp onto 250 West.

“They are real excited about it, ” says ARB planning official Margaret Maliszewski, who attended the presentation, and says additional plans will be reviewed in the coming months. “They seem anxious to get started.”

Developing story.

  • t January 6th, 2011 | 10:14 pm

    This project has been a nightmare, but if they can deliver a Trader Joe’s, I’ll forgive them.

  • butthead January 6th, 2011 | 10:28 pm

    they oughta call it “Stonerfield”.

    heh. heh-heh-heh… heh-heh.. heh-heh-heh-heh-hheh….

    hey beavis, how about “Stonehenge”…..

    heh. heh-heh-heh… heh-heh.. heh-heh-heh-heh-hheh….

  • Robert January 6th, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    I had thought that the cbs station purchased property across the street from the entrance to this development. Why haven’t they moved in yet?

  • Chris January 6th, 2011 | 10:57 pm

    I’m in for part of the proffers if they actually build the TJs.

  • orchid January 6th, 2011 | 11:10 pm

    so how does this fit in with the rumor that TJ’s gave up its liquor license?

  • webel-webel January 6th, 2011 | 11:29 pm

    Gimme a strip-mall with 2 or 3 “McDonell’s” liquor stores. Legal Drug-Dealing! thanx Republicans!!!!!

  • Mrs T January 7th, 2011 | 12:39 am

    Butthead make me laugh.

  • Brian January 7th, 2011 | 9:32 am

    Is Peter Chang going to have a restaurant there too?

  • J January 7th, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    At least the Hydraulic/29 intersection doesn’t have any existing traffic problems! Hopefully other people also enjoy the 20 minutes it takes to travel the couple hundred yards from 29 to 250 via Hydraulic.

  • Susie Greenberg January 7th, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Stonefield is the dumbest name ever. Of course, if they have Stonefield Shopping Centers around the country, they save money in branding…sort of like The Woodlands, whic is a student apartment complex in ten different college towns in the south.

  • Webster52 January 7th, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    I would like to see a youth athletic complex on that land.

  • Nathan January 7th, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    Make it a proffer to build the trader joes and I’m in. No more having to drive to short pump to get tasty treats.

  • AJ January 7th, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    they have to name these things after what was there before they leveled the place, right now its a field with stones. forget which comedian used that line, but so true

  • jerome January 7th, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    How can that 24 million interceptor job be finished by this August? Have they even started??

  • Mickiemac January 7th, 2011 | 8:14 pm

    I was under the impression that TJ’s would take over the ‘old’ Whole Foods location once they relocate to their new bldg on Hydraulic. If we have to wait for the Albemarle Place/Stonefield (whatever they call it) to be blessed (design, permits, road proffers, etc. - which could take YEARS!) then I will continue to patronize the TJ’s at Short Pump along with other retailers that C’ville doesn’t have.


  • Greybeard January 7th, 2011 | 9:19 pm

    Just what C’ville needs, another yuppie heaven! More overpriced goodies, more traffic…Riiiiighttt!

  • HarryD January 7th, 2011 | 10:10 pm

    Time to consider Red Light Cameras at this intersection- it has been such a success just North

  • carter January 9th, 2011 | 12:53 am

    I find it funny that the same people that bash a Walmart can’t wait to have a TJ move into town. They are twins. One from AK and the other Germany, not some west coast thing. Yuppie suckers

  • cookieJar January 9th, 2011 | 1:53 am

    Walmart sells junk. TJ’s sells tasty things at a very good price. Those are far from being the same thing.

    AK is the abbreviation for Alaska. Arkansas is where Walmart came from. Neither are places I want having much influence on the things I buy. Germany on the other hand is where many of my favorite things have come from. No surprise they make a superior grocery store too.

  • chicorico January 10th, 2011 | 10:45 am

    I just wanna kick it aT trophy chase. y ahearrrrrrrrdddddddd!?

  • Momsy January 11th, 2011 | 10:11 pm

    While at TJ’s in Short Pump, I chatted with the manager. He sez Charlottesville is NOT on the 2011 new builds list. TJ recently withdrew an ABC application for the Charlottesville site. I wonder if they did come here if the prices would be higher than in Short Pump?

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