University of Virginia and University of Virginia Foundation Ownership
Over time, the University of Virginia has acquired several significant properties within the Ivy Road Corridor as has the related University Foundation. Acquisitions have occurred by purchase, donation, and bequest. These properties include the Boar’s Head Inn, which continues to operate as a hospitality and conference center and has a number of retail and professional rentals. The University Foundation occupies the site on the lake that was the former Amvest headquarters designed by former School of Architecture Dean Jacquelin Robertson, for whom the Vortex Visiting Critic Chair is named.
The University acquired the 500 acres of the historic Birdwood plantation in 1974, and recently transferred the property to the University Foundation. Its primary use is as the University’s golf course. The Birdwood Golf Course is a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program encouraging best management practices in environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, and reduced chemical usage. In 2012, the Foundation completed its acquisition of the 199-acre Foxhaven Farm property south of Birdwood and Bellair; 85 acres of Foxhaven are under conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. There are also several University of Virginia medical facilities located within the Northridge Medical Park that have developed on U.S. 250 West beyond the Boar’s Head Inn. The former Children’s Rehabilitation Center is no longer occupied now that the new Children’s Hospital has opened on West Main Street. Future uses have not yet been determined but university-related medical uses are likely to be planned for this approximately 23-acre site. This site has been used as a medical facility for children since the early twentieth-century when the Rucker Home for Children adapted a historic stone house overlooking Ivy Road for use as a hospital for children with tuberculosis of the spine.
The University Foundation also owns much of the land immediately west of the Ivy Road/Emmet Street intersection on both the north and south sides of the corridor, and University-related development is likely to occur in the future. The future of the Ivy Road Corridor is inextricably linked with and influenced by the growth and westward focus of the University of Virginia. Emmet Street/Ivy Parking Garage was developed in the last decade just west of the Ivy Road/Emmet Street intersection and is available for various types of University permit parking. In addition, the University houses two of its best-known centers in adapted historic houses on Old Ivy Road within the Corridor: the Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Center for Politics at Montesano. The Miller Center occupies a portion of the historic property that was the residence of one of Virginia’s most influential U.S. Senators (1895-1919) and majority leader Thomas Martin. Other University centers and offices are located on Old Ivy Road, and include the Information Security, Policy, and Records office, the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, the Cooper Center for Public Service, and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
University’s North Grounds Expansion and post-1970s Private Sector Housing
In the 1970s, the University of Virginia established graduate level academic centers first for law and then for business in an area now known as North Grounds; that move influenced the construction of multi-unit apartment and townhouse developments that occurred on the north side of Old Ivy Road and even on the elevations south of Ivy Road. These units today include a mix of condominium and market rate rental units and attract a broad range of residents—both homeowners and renters and those affiliated with the University as students, staff, or faculty as well as those with no connection to the University. These units have a mix of residents of varying incomes and ages. Some have significant concentrations of international students as well as households that have been assisted in resettling to the United States through the International Rescue Committee. There are also at least two housing facilities for aging populations. The University Village north of Old Ivy Road offers luxury independent living units that are primarily owner-occupied and that are restricted to those aged over 55.