A pedestrian mall in the place of the lumberyard downtown?
Kelly Strickland, a CCAC member, surprised commissioners by informing them that R.E. Lee Construction company, which he works for, is drafting a concept for the redevelopment of J.B. Barnes Lumber Company at the request of its owner, Carroll Conley. He asked the commission for flexibility in language that would define where light industrial uses would be allowed on the 20-acre parcel. Commercial uses on the parcel, cur- rently zoned heavy industrial, would presumably fall under the rules for the adjoining Downtown Crozet District, which are designed to cre- ate a walkable, traditional down- town business district with a mix of apartments and shops.
Interviewed later, Conley said that discussion of the plan that has been submitted to county planners, planning commissioners and super- visors for reaction was premature, but that he believed that county leaders would like the concept. He said the lumber yard will continue to operate as normal.
The concept shows a central, 600-foot pedestrian mall flanked by three- and four-story buildings and the extension of Main Street to Parkside Village with two- and three-story buildings along it, a small park, a greenspace median and numerous parking areas.
Take a look at the drawing at the Crozet Gazette.