Recapping CCAC – Future of Barnes Lumber Property

I’m going to update this later today, but wanted to publish a draft for those interested in last night’s conversation. It was, in my opinion, a great conversation and dialogue. Great input from the public and the CCAC. There was a lot of information covered last night – from possible timelines, challenges with developing such a large parcel in such a relatively small town, possible businesses that could go in, probable residential components, zoning … a lot. Much of that was captured by @Tim_Dodson and @CvilleKim (and @RealCrozetVA) on Twitter and quite a few not at the meeting few engaged on Twitter as well. Grab a cup of coffee and digest the tweets – and then … ask questions.

Update: Charlottesville Tomorrow has a great story about last night’s meeting.

– For those curious, the hashtag #CCAC1213 was used to track the conversation on Twitter.

A few of the best questions/topics that were addressed and I’ll address in the update, but ultimately, this was a conversation about the former Barnes property and the future of Crozet:

– (Frank) Stoner: what’s the unique value proposition to bring people downtown? #CCAC1213
What are some towns that are what you’d like Crozet to be? #CCAC1213
#CCAC1213 today the challenge for developers is that the infrastructure requirements take up so much of the costs
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Albemarle County Seeks to Facilitate Crozet getting a Hotel

Crozet needs a hotel. The County of Albemarle, recognizing this, “Albemarle County will take steps to make itself eligible for a state financing program that could support the construction of hotels.”

Catlin said the county’s economic development team is supportive of having a small hotel, one that keeps the character of Crozet intact, while filling the critical deficiency for adequate lodging. She estimated a future hotel would have between 30 to 60 rooms.

Read more at Charlottesville Tomorrow.


– What’s the status of the proposed hotel in Old Trail?
– Could Crozet support two hotels? (I think yes, so long as they’re small and Crozet-ish)
– Where would the second one go? (Presumably in the site of the former Barnes Lumberyard)
Will Crozet be further fractured?

What do We Want Crozet to Be?

I posted the following thought on the RealCrozetVA facebook page and it generated quite a few thoughtful comments, but I much prefer to center the conversation here. That said, the comments added to my original thought by changing my premise from “what do we want Crozet to be” to first, let’s define the Crozet culture as it currently is and then define what we want Crozet to look like.

This is something that is been going through my head for the last 12 or 18 months: what is Crozet going to look like in 12 or 20 years? More importantly, what do we want it to look like in 12 or 20 years?

Our town is going to change. That is a known known. But what are the unknowns? Will we encourage the homogenization that is happening in Charlottesville? Will we be able to encourage adoption of the Crozet
culture to those who are new?

If we don’t plan (and act!) accordingly and wisely for the coming growth – the school traffic coming from Old Trail comes to mind as well as the traffic to and from all the schools in the mornings and afternoons, and presumably more when Re-Store ‘n Station opens, and from Westlake Hills – then Crozet won’t be as wonderful a place to live as it is now.

I love Crozet; we’ve been here for 11 years (I think) and I intend to be here for a long time. I make my living representing buyers and sellers moving to and from Crozet, so I have a different perspective than many, but my goal remains to work to do whatever I can to keep and make Crozet a special place to be.

I’m posting below the comments from the conversation … please, take some time to read them all (and thank you to everyone who has already commented). They’re thoughtful, insightful comments about what Crozet was, is and could be. I’ll call out this one as I think it well articulates what most may be thinking:

I think we have to combine and find the way to bring the new into the fold of the old unique Crozet so we can grow together.

* For the purposes of this conversation, “Crozet” means (very roughly) – from the railroad bridge at 240/250 intersection to Greenwood Gourmet just past 64 to about two miles past Crozet Elementary. Seriously. Getting into a discussion about “what are the boundaries of Crozet” won’t serve this discussion well … and may lead to moderation of comments.”

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No One has yet Purchased the Lumberyard

Thanks to the Crozet Gazette for the research and story that “no deal closed on the sale of the J. Bruce Barnes Lumber Company acreage in downtown Crozet on July 27, the date called for according to the terms of the June 27 real estate foreclosure auction.”

In other news, Library Avenue has to be torn up a bit “Roell said that construction of Claudius Place, once expected to begin in April, has been delayed because no sanitary sewer line was installed under Library Avenue when it was built.”

… one has to wonder, why wasn’t this thought of before the road went down?

Barnes Lumberyard Sold for $1.9 Million

The buyer, shown in the white shirt with stripes and khaki pants, is unknown and wouldn’t give his name. Skip to 2:40 in the video to see who he is.

The HooK has more.

The first eight minutes are here.

The last three minutes of the auction are above, but I’ll be swapping that out later with an HD version. That I’m able to upload 3 minutes of video onsite is still remarkably cool, technologically.

A few photos as well:

Big Week in Crozet – Library, Lumber yard, Fireworks

Tuesday 26 JuneThe Crozet Library is breaking ground – at 11:30

Wednesday 27 JuneBarnes Lumber Yard is being auctioned off – equipment sale starts at 9, real estate starts at noon

Saturday 30 JuneCrozet Independence Day celebration – some of the best fireworks around and a true Crozet tradition, parade, music and so much more. Donations are still very, very much in need.

Please make your tax-deductible charitable donation to Claudius Crozet Park, Inc., and note on the memo line “Fireworks donation.” Checks can be mailed to Claudius Crozet Park, P.O. Box 171, Crozet, VA, or delivered to the Crozet Gazette office in the Blue Goose Building on Crozet Avenue.

Saturday 30 June – Quick Start Tennis’ ribbon cutting – 6:00 PM