19 May 2015
Do the facilities at Lake Monticello need renovation and replacement? Should they be upgraded? Is the community willing to spend $7.1 million to do so?
In a week members of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA), who account for roughly 40 percent of the population of Fluvanna County, will begin deciding these questions. Paper ballots will be mailed at the end of May, and property owners have till June 27 to cast their votes.
The controversial renovation and replacement (R&R) project would renovate the Ashlawn Clubhouse, outside and in, and make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). LMOA staff would move to the lower level of the building where there is more room, the banquet room would expand for larger meetings yet have dividers to accommodate several smaller gatherings, and the Ashlawn Grille, the clubhouse restaurant, would be renovated.
The current pro shop and Eagle’s Nest building would be demolished. Taking its place would be a new Bunker Recreation Center that would house a pro shop, a sports pub with a grille, a large meeting room with the capability to be divided into smaller rooms, a space for the broadcast group’s operations, and lockers and bathrooms for the golf course.
The cart barn, or the place where LMOA stores the golf carts, would be torn down and replaced by a new building. All playgrounds would be upgraded over the course of five years and the Ashlawn basketball courts would be rebuilt.