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By uniting historic reuse, urban redevelopment and greenspace principles, Ix is establishing a signature multi-use destination in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Committed to the pursuit of a community that is both aesthetic and sustainable, Ix will integrate old and new, arts and offices, living and working into a vibrantly green 17-acre urban matrix.

Hidden in a broad green valley only three blocks from Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, the old Frank Ix and Sons factory is quietly transforming into a diverse mixed-use community where hundreds of people work and play every day. Sprawling over seventeen acres, the Retail, Residential, Office and Arts spaces are latticed with convenient parking and compact green park areas.

The original beauty of the old textile mill is enhanced with open wood ceilings, wide concourses and ambient light wells. Built over the span of half a century, the ten factory and warehouse buildings are a timeline of styles. Today, there is a tribute to that variety in common areas that range from the warmth of cork floors and Italian plaster to the serenity of slate and greyboard banked with bamboo stretching toward SunPipes.

In the center of the development is a sweeping one-acre expanse that will become the crown jewel of the complex, the Piazza. Ringed on two sides by the original 1920s and 1930s factory buildings, the Piazza will be landscaped with an outdoor amphitheatre and performance space, fountains, Biergarten, children’s playspace, shops, cafés and more. In Phase 2, people will be able to live in spacious lofts overlooking this elegant European-style square.

Rarely does such creative leadership guide so large a parcel of historic acreage in the middle of a downtown area. The result is innovative development, arts patronage and environmental stewardship that is not just a benefit to Ix residents, but to the entire community.

Seventeen acres
300,000+ square feet
Zoned M-1
Close to historic downtown mall
Easy access to 1-81 and US 29
One mile from 1-64