Restore N Station Is Going to Happen

From the Newsplex:

Following a compromise between the Board of Supervisors and project developer, Jo Higgins, the Station will move forward as a 3,000 square-foot facility instead of 6,000 square feet, it will house five pumps with ten nozzles instead of eight pumps with 16 nozzles and will operate for 16 hours a day instead of 24.

Update from the Crozet Gazette:

But the supervisors proceeded and instructed the staff to draft clear language that limited the stations footprint to 3,000 sq. ft., with no future additions, four pump islands with eight nozzles for gas, one island with two nozzles for diesel fuel and two additional nozzles, one for kerosene and one for off-road diesel. Other conditions limited daily operation to 16 hours, forbade overnight parking, and required a meter on the well head and a flow restriction device that cut off the well at 1,624 gallons. The supervisors said the project would also have to conform to any requirements imposed by the Architectural Review Board, which has yet to approve the station’s site plan.

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16 Replies to “Restore N Station Is Going to Happen”

  1. Yep, ranks right up there with using the name “Old Trail” for a large piece
    of land with tract housing on it. But, you know how it works, you spends
    the money, you picks the name…

  2. Time to go back to grammar school Edweard: ” you spends
    the money, you picks the name…” Point the errors.

      1. That makes more sense than the actual building of this oversized alley.
        If you look at the actual size of this project vs the distance and space it
        connects it is harder for me to imagine the County doing anything worse with the money. Put a Zoo, Library, and, Amusement Park on it
        and it is still a road to nowwhere. Say what you want. The millions it cost will have to be paid back by somebody and people are worried about what to call it…

  3. Why were there even community meeting about this if the Sups were going to decide the outcome anyway. Weren’t the people of Crozet against this development? I know they were heard but Boyd reopened this case. I wish he had won his election for state rep. last year so he would have been out of Albemarle. He voted against the schools last year and now he voted against the wishes of the residents of Crozet. Why even have a meeting if we have no say.

    1. And Boyd was the only one who pushed to give Jo Higgins all she wanted for the RestoreN Station, even a water line! He clearly got bribed and tried everythinhg to get the mega gas station through. He even violated the normal decision process rules (as Ann Mallek noted at the hearing). Ergo, the recent decision to have the gas station built after all despite the improper documentation (that hearing was clearly going the “deny request for permit”). That character is truly a menace for the people of Albemarle county.

    2. Good points. Resident’s concerns, costs (environmental and otherwise), and quality of life should be the main consideration for policy decisions. However this decision is portrayed, it is callous to place this project next to residential homes in Freetown.

      Local boards have denied support for many proposals based on impact to nearby residents. I don’t buy the excuse that supervisors have no choice but to vote “yes”, or that formality and rules demand a project or program’s support. As you stated, why even hold public input, a public meeting, or a vote, if that is the case?

      This question goes to the heart of what is often discussed/argued on this blog about associations, councils and boards involved in local urbanization programs. Councils or meetings can be used to give an APPEARANCE of enthusiastic public support for an urbanization program, while leaders set monthly meeting agendas that will not stray from the general tenor of rezonings contained in the plan.

      If I were an enthusiastic new urban activist or land speculator eager to put in place a “Master Plan” for intense urban development in Western Albemarle, a carefully-selected council and a local community association to help guide residents with implementation of rezonings contained in the plan would be the FIRST place I would start.

      That said, was this vote 6-0? I was under the impression that all supervisors voted “yes” on this project (and I could be wrong). Boyd’s recent comments insinuating/implying that Crozet’s future direction belongs to Albemarle’s government are cold and perhaps typical of how Western Albemarle residents (including me) have come to Albemarle’s local government. But, I was under the impression that he was not the only supervisor who voted yes.

  4. Actually Andrew it appears that you are the one who can be expected “on cue”. A quick review of your posts reveal that you lurk here to ridicule and attempt to marginalize those whom you dissagree with rather than bringing anything of real substance to issues. Any post by Ed Srauss can be expected to be followed by you. So how do you intend to tear me apart for pointing this out? Well Andrew?

  5. Resident’s concerns? Beverly Trucking used to sit within yards of the
    proposed site with Thermo king units running all night. People either
    choose to ignore or remain ignorant of the property issues involved. Like
    trying to keep the historic aspect of Crozet while they push for it to be torn down and rebuilt. Next, It will probably be trendy to be against a
    Lumber Yard in Crozet. Claims that Ken Boyd was bribed and calling him
    a menace is an example of the trash mentality that is being attracted to this area. You should take your concerns to him or, do you need a committee??? Albemarle County’s elected govt. is responsible for Crozet as well as the rest of the County. Unelected, self serving groups are not…

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