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Former School Eyed For High-End Apartments

A developer is seeking to repurpose the former Fluvanna Elementary School near Route 430 in the town of Ellery into apartments. The Ellery Zoning Board of Appeals has granted a use variance for the project, though town board members are looking for more information. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

FLUVANNA — More information is being sought by Ellery Town Board members on a proposal to repurpose the former Fluvanna Elementary School into short- and long-term apartments.

The town’s zoning board of appeals already has granted a use variance for the project. However, town board members — during meetings in February, March and April — discussed needing more details from its developer before making a decision.

DJ Tosh of Arrows Capital Group said the tentative plan is to keep the exterior of the former elementary school largely the same with the “interior being renovated into high-end apartments.” The building, sold by the district in 1995 and empty for a number of years, is located on Fluvanna Town Road, just north of Route 430 and across the road from the Fluvanna Fire Department.

During a public hearing on the project in March, the town board asked Tosh to provide a site plan showing elevation, lighting, landscaping, a rendering of the building exterior and parking.

A neighboring property owner did express concern to the town board. During the public hearing in March, the neighbor said he was worried about water capacity for such a project, and noted to members that he has a 28-foot right-of-way that’s been in place for 35 years. The right-of-way, he noted, has been used to access the rear of his property.

A letter of concerns was submitted to the town board.

Arden Johnson, Ellery town supervisor, confirmed in an interview this week that the town has been in ongoing talks with the developer regarding the project. He said he would comment further once more details were submitted to the board.

An attorney representing Tosh did not return a call Wednesday.

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