Sunday, April 15, 2007

Stone house demolished: Hollymead developer clueless

A stone house has occupied a spot in a cleared field for about two years as the site around it has given way to the latest expansion of Hollymead Town Center, a rapidly developing commercial center along U.S. 29 in northern Albemarle. Now where the house once stood there is nothing but a cavernous pit and a mound of red clay - testaments to the bulldozers. The house was leveled last week to make way for a large national department store....

The stories about why it was there continue to baffle Wood. Some said the house, built in the 1920s, had a stubborn tenant who wasn’t going to give it up, large shopping center or not. Others told of an owner who was holding out. Wood said there are about 15 other variations.

Wood said he’s owned the house for about 35 years. Edward McCue Jr., who served in the state Senate from 1950 to 1967, used to live there, Wood said. There have been about 10 other tenants over the years, from students to business owners....

Hearing the rumors has given Wood a laugh, he said. “I guess a lot of people … could make a better story,” Wood said. “How do rumors get going?”

Full story: "Stone house is turned - into rubble: Large home next to Hollymead shopping center demolished." By Jeremy Borden, April 15, 2007. The Daily Progress

The most famous person to have resided in this house:

Edward Overton McCue Jr.

Offered April 20, 1994

On the death of Edward Overton McCue, Jr

WHEREAS, Edward Overton McCue, Jr., a prominent member of the General Assembly for more than 34 years, died on July 27, 1993; and

WHEREAS, born in Charlottesville in 1901 and a lifelong resident of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, Edward McCue was a graduate of Charlottesville High School [Midway School] and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1926; and

WHEREAS, first elected in 1933, Edward McCue served in the House of Delegates from 1934 through 1948, chairing the House Courts of Justice Committee; and

WHEREAS, Edward McCue was elected to the Senate in 1950, to serve the unexpired term of John S. Battle, who was elected Governor in 1949; [....]

His best known legislation: The McCue Amendment to require a referendum vote on public housing projects.

"On March 11, 1960, the city council received an application by the CRHA under amendment 14A: Title 36 VA Code 1950.1 (This section, referred to as the McCue amendment, required a referendum vote on public housing projects; it was overturned in 1971.)"

"Public Housing in Charlottesville: The Black Experience in a Small Southern City"
by William M. Harris, Sr. and Nancy Olmsted.
The article appeared originally in The Review of Black Political Economy, Vol. 46, Charlottesville, May, 1988, pp. 29-95. (F232.A3M3v.46 1988)


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