Crozet’s Water Pump Station Coming Online Today



1 – if your water becomes discolored, run the water.

2 – Context on Crozet’s water projects at Crozet Gazette (bolding mine)

Currently, there are two sets of water system improvements underway: (1) three ongoing projects at the Crozet Water Treatment Plant (WTP), and (2) three interrelated projects at the Beaver Creek Dam. Upgrades to the WTP on Rt. 240, first described in detail here in February, have progressed according to schedule. Those upgrades include the installation of granular activated carbon filters for cleaner water, now operational, at a cost of $3.4 million, and the construction of a new finished water pump station, now 90 percent complete and expected to be online by September, at a cost of $2.6 million.

Jefferson Madison Library – 5 Year Plan Survey

We love the library, right? Ours is the Crozet Library, but the system extends throughout the region. Just look at the number of events they have upcoming!

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The Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) has always relied on the support of community partner organizations such as yours to help bring services to all of the citizens of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

JMRL is undergoing a year-long process to develop a strategic plan to guide the library through 2024, and is seeking community feedback in this process. Outreach to library users and non-users alike is bringing in a world of suggestions for improvement to services.

The Jefferson Madison Regional Library is seeking community feedback to help guide the future of library services in the area. Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey on Thank you for your support.

Survey form in English.

Survey form in Spanish.

If you would like paper copies of the survey to hand out, JMRL would love to provide some! The survey will be open until the end of September.


Things to Do this Weekend – 24-26 August 2018

Going to be a glorious weekend in Crozet. Fall is around the corner! Some good ideas on RealCrozetVA Twitter and Facebook.

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Co-Working in Crozet?

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I’ve heard people mention on occasion a desire for co-working space in Crozet.  As an entrepreneur who has spent most of the last 13 years working from home, I get that.  For a variety of reasons, I’m considering getting a nice office space in or around Old Trail in 2019.  This office space is likely to be bigger than I need at first, and so I’m wondering how serious people are about wanting co-working in Crozet?

To be clear, my thought is not to start a true co-working space in the traditional sense.  My assumption is that Crozet is not big enough yet to support that, but you can try to prove me wrong.  Instead, I’m just thinking it would be nice to have an open space office with a little bit of private spaces built in and nice views of the mountains.  My business could use it, but there’s not many of us here at the moment and so I would consider subleasing desks to others until my business grows more.

For anyone who’s interested, consider this a survey.  Contact me at [email protected] and answer these questions:

1) How often would you use a co working space in Crozet?
2) What would you use it for?  Do you need a closed room or prefer an open space area?  Or what combination of both?
3) What would you expect to pay for that?

You can assume this place would not exist until middle of 2019, so please project your answers to what your future self truly needs and would pay for.

At this point, this is just an idea, there are no plans drawn up or commitments made, but this is a useful exercise since the answers to a survey like this could affect paths my company takes in the coming months.



2nd Annual Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic

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After our first ever Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic, an event that exceeded our expectations, we are back to bring you another exciting day of community fun at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Last year, with your help, we were able to raise $29,028 and contribute $20,407 towards a 2018 Polaris Ranger 900XP to better serve our community.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, we will be hosting the second annual Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic at the Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, Virginia. To ensure the tournament goes off without missing a stroke, it is vital that we have the support of those we protect day in and day out. With that said, we are actively planning 2018’s tournament and are looking to grow and further increase our community footprint with help from sponsors like you.

~260 Homes Coming to Downtown Crozet


I suspect this is not the final plan, and some aspects are open to change/negotiation, but this gives a sense as to what the development is going to be. If you want to voice your opinion, I suspect the best routes would be to our Board of Supervisors and the Albemarle County Planning Commission.


Allison Wrabel with the Daily Progress reports:

Stanley Martin Homes has sent a letter to neighbors about an informal, private meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday regarding the Pleasant Green project, planned for an area north of Powells Creek. Collins Engineering held a pre-application meeting with the county in June, but no formal applications have been submitted with the county.

Mike Marshall, who owns some of the properties that are being sold for the development, including the circa-1800s house, said that he does not know what’s going to happen to it at this point. He said he has salvage rights as part of the sale, and he has talked to some companies that dismantle old houses for building materials.

“I don’t have any arrangements with any salvage companies; the house still has tenants in it and they haven’t found places to move yet, so they’re in there for the time being,” said Marshall, who is also the editor and publisher of the Crozet Gazette. “Presumably, they’ll move out sometime over the fall and then we’ll be able to find out what is actually salvageable from the building.”

The accompanying FB post.

Help the Crozet Trails

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Here comes the sun–at last (and with a vengeance)! We will have a workday this Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 am to prune and trim the Rowcross Trail in Old Trail (directions below). We have another workday planned for Saturday, Aug. 25, meeting location TBD. Always be sure to bring water and wear sturdy shoes; tools are optional. A hat and bug repellent are also recommended!

We can’t believe fall is just around the corner. SAVE THE DATE for the 9th annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K trail race with Kids’ Run at 8 am on Saturday, October 6the morning of the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. We will need volunteers for Friday evening registration on 10/5, as well as Saturday morning from 7:30 to 9:30 amfor registration, setup, prize distribution, etc. Of course we also need runners/walkers/joggers–spread the word! This is the Trails Crew’s primary fundraiser of the year, so it’s a fun and healthy way to show your support. Registration link and volunteer signup genius will be posted next month.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30 pm at Mi Rancho in the Old Trail Town Center. Beginning in September, we will move the meeting from the 4th to the third Thursday of each month, which will be Sept. 20.

Directions to 8/11 workday:

When entering Old Trail from Jarman’s Gap Road, continue on Old Trail Drive around all 3 roundabouts (past the Town Center on the left). Turn left on Glen Valley Drive (= the last road before Rt 250). Take a quick right on Claremont Lane and then a left onto Rowcross Street. Follow around the curve and park on the right side.


If coming from Rt 250 on Old Trail Drive, take your first right onto Glen Valley Drive.  Take a right on Claremont Lane, and then left onto Rowcross Street. Follow around the curve and park on the right side.

See you on the trails!

Clover Carroll, Secretary
Terri Miyamoto, 
Crozet Trails Crew

The Crozet Trails Crew welcomes volunteers of all activity levels, ages, and desired level of involvement. Workday volunteers must be over 18 years of age or else accompanied by their responsible adult. Please use your best judgment, or ask the workday leader, as to whether it’s an appropriate workday for dogs and small children. When joining the Crew for a workday, each participant is responsible for their own personal safety, the safety and behavior of their pets and children, and the choices they make while working as a team. Each volunteer assumes sole responsibility for any personal tools or equipment they bring, including their personal vehicles, power tools, hand tools, hiking gear, and any other personal gear that you bring.

Crozet Indoor Sports Facility

My quick thought: Crozet needs this. “Where” is going to be an interesting challenge.


by Justin & Jessica Byrd

Last Saturday, July 28, we officially launched the website for Crozet Sports and shared it with the western Albemarle community through various social media sites.  The vision and journey for Crozet Sports, however, began late last year. Our family moved to Crozet in July of 2015 and immediately joined the athletic community in both baseball and soccer.  As our kids got older, their athletic interests expanded. As we drove to our increasing number of sporting events, we routinely discussed how amazing it would be to have more field space and athletic events right here in Crozet.  That conversation transitioned to include the need for indoor options that could be utilized year-round and before we knew it Crozet Sports was born!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Crozet Sports is a community-oriented sports organization that will serve the growing athletic and health needs of the western Albemarle community.  Crozet Sports will feature an indoor sports training facility and will offer an array of athletic opportunities for the youth athlete and active adult.

Early in this journey we connected with leaders of local youth sports organizations.  With their feedback as well as valuable input from our real estate development team we have brought our vision to life!

The Indoor Sports Facility will feature the following

  • Indoor turf fields designed for lacrosse, soccer, football and field hockey
  • Multi-purpose hard courts to be used for basketball and volleyball
  • Indoor cages, pitching tunnels, and training areas for baseball and softball
  • State-of-the-art locker rooms including oversized lockers for equipment
  • Student-athlete classrooms
  • Sports performance training and functional fitness areas
  • Mezzanine level including a sports lounge and viewing gallery for families, fans, and community events
  • ……and much more!!

We will strive to provide the youth of our community with the resources they need to develop in the sports they love and the opportunity to play year-round.  Our focus is also on growing the character of each of our youth athletes as they learn the value of hard work, discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and integrity through training and playing sports.

We are also excited to share that starting late fall, the Crozet Sports Academy will begin offering sports camps and clinics in Crozet!  Offerings will include instructional youth clinics for baseball, softball, soccer, football, and a number of other sports based on community interest.  Registration for these clinics will be announced both on our website and through our social media pages.

Since announcing our launch, we have heard from many in our community who have embraced our vision.  There are so many individuals and families who are as excited about this facility as we are and we want to hear from you!  At this time Crozet Sports is conducting an interest survey to gain feedback from residents in Albemarle County. The site location of the indoor facility is to be determined but will be located in western Albemarle.  We strongly encourage everyone who is interested in this facility to complete the survey. Community feedback is important to the design process and to ensure that the facility meets the athletic needs of our community.   

Please visit our website to learn more and complete the survey as we continue the development of an indoor sports facility to serve the growing athletic needs in western Albemarle County.  To stay up to date on the facility development and our sports academy offerings, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @CrozetSports and Instagram. We also need your help getting the word out!  Please share our website, survey and social media sites with your friends!


Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving our community.


Justin & Jess Byrd


Jarmans Invitational Marathon

I love everything about this marathon, number one being that I’m not doing it, wouldn’t do it, and am happy that others are.

The description of the race is one of the best I’ve seen. Some of y’all should do it.

I have ridden my bike up Jarmans at least 5 times. Over the course of a couple years. These folks are going to run up and down Jarmans 5 times. In a couple hours.

Hey, Crozet is fit,  and the folks at Crozet Running are helping keep us that way.

Jarmans Invitational Marathon (JIM) (or FB, if that’s for you)

The Jarmans Invitational Marathon will take place on Saturday, August 4th at 12:01pm in Crozet, Virginia. Pretty much everything about this race sucks.

Course: The course sucks. The race starts at the intersection of Jarmans Gap Rd and Greenwood Rd in Crozet, Virginia. From there, runners will run up Jarmans – 2.9 miles and 1,522 ft of elevation gain, then turn around and come right back down 2.9 miles and 1,522 ft. Runners will repeat this lap five times for a total of 7,610ft elevation gain and loss over 29.0 miles. Jarmans is a steep gravel road, with some areas shaded and some areas in full sun. There are minimal scenic views. The summit of Jarmans is simply a muddy parking spot and an ‘End State Maintenance’ sign. You will run by a junkyard and several pit bulls. There are a lot of littered Bud Light cans lining the course. The train crosses Jarmans and may or may not be running during the race. The course is gonna suck.

Weather: The weather is going to suck. The race starts at 12:01pm, maximizing heat and sun exposure. There may be afternoon thunderstorms. If there is not, the road will likely be dry and dusty.