The Burley Restoration Project is Awarded Grant

CHARLOTTESVILLE (March 26, 2021) — The Associated General Contractors of Virginia/Piedmont District has chosen the Burley Restoration Project as their service project for 2021. The AGCVA is the largest and most influential construction trade organization in the state. 

The AGCVA is working with project organizers to identify the scope of their work. Stefanie Marshall, President of the AGCVA Piedmont District and CEO of M3, Inc had this to say, “We are honored to work on this historical piece of Charlottesville history, to help save it and once again make it an integral part of the surrounding Rose Hill community. In the process, we learn and appreciate the human stories of the individuals who made history here, and we can create a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. One of my favorite quotes, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” was quoted by Jackie Robinson and no one could have stated it better. I want this to have a positive impact on others’ lives.” 

H3 Baseball and the Burley Varsity Club have committed to restoring the field and facility at the historic Burley property and surrounding area. More than $1,000,000 in projects have been identified in this overall restoration. Work was recently started by the Building Goodness Foundation on the restoration of the bleachers. Included in the master plan are a Walk of Fame to honor past Burley students, teachers and administrators; a mural that depicts life at Burley painted by local artist Sahara Clemons; an all-turf baseball surface; an auxiliary field on the land where Jackie Robinson Little League used to be played; new scoreboard; press box; etc. Burley Middle School and Buford Middle School students are working with the UVA School of Architecture on planning and design. 

Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Hass was in attendance at the recent site visit of AGCVA. He said “this work resonates in the school community well beyond athletics. It creates an opportunity to further honor the historic importance of Burley High School and will encourage students and local residents to become more engaged in activities related to wellness. Most importantly, it will encourage them to spend time with one another.” 

If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit: www.burleyrestorationproject.org. If you would like to make a donation to the Burley restoration, please email: burleyrestorationproject@gmail.com or call 434-409-1694. While work has begun, contributions and skilled labor are still being sought. Volunteer work days are being organized.

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