Soon … more stuff for us to ride bikes or walk to.
There’s more than one way to stay on top of news and happenings in Crozet.
- The Crozet Gazette – monthly newspaper | Facebook | Twitter
- Crozet Community Association – the site for the CCA | Facebook | Twitter
- RealCrozetVA – (sign up for emails here) – Crozet’s community blog | Facebook | Twitter
- And the newest entry – the site for the Downtown Crozet Initiative | Facebook
Really interesting Crozet Community Advisory Council meeting tonight. Downtown Crozet is going to change. Traffic is going to get
worse different. Businesses will hopefully come to downtown Crozet.
- I persicoped. Live-streamed on Twitter. I think it was useful, and next time, so long as we’re at the Crozet Library with Wifi and outlets, I’ll do it again … but with a tripod most likely and my computer so I can tweet as well. But really, are they useful for you? (I really thought the iPhone should have been horizontal. Clearly that was wrong) Periscope 1 – YouTube version here – , Periscope 2, Periscope 3 (parking discussion).
- Discussion about the WAHS Environmental Academy (I was late, but @CrozetCommunity tweeted!)
- Big discussion about the future of downtown Crozet, Barnes Lumberyard, commercial, phasing of the development and more. You really shoulda been there.
- Discussion about parking in downtown Crozet, the coming Piedmont Place, and I spoke up (which I never do at these meetings)
- Milestone Partners will be launching a new website to convey the message/brand of their project and downtown Crozet.
Click through, scroll to the bottom, and read the tweets.
After the two town halls, the Downtown Crozet Initiative has released their final report. It’s 59 pages long; download it, dig in, and get informed. The shorter summary is here; it’s only 23 pages long.
Charlottesville Tomorrow reports: (I’m glad to see Charlottesville Tomorrow expanding their focus on Crozet.)
“Most people in my industry think I’ve lost my mind.”
Frank Stoner of Milestone Partners shared that assessment at a recent visioning session for the Downtown Crozet Initiative. The meeting was the second community gathering to discuss design ideas for the former Barnes Lumber and CSX sites indowntown Crozet. The sites are owned by Crozet New Town Partners and are represented by Stoner’s development firm.
Stoner is taking the path less traveled in the design process. While most real estate developments create designs behind closed doors, Stoner said he believes that local support and involvement are essential to making the site a financial and community success.
“We opened this up to the public and said this needs to be a public-private partnership,” he said. “Without that, I don’t think we can be successful, but with it, I think we can.”
I’m going to update this post this week, but wanted to at least capture the tweets from the Crozet Town Hall last week.
The second community meeting for The Downtown Crozet Initiative: A Vision for Barnes Lumber.
Residents and business owners of Crozet are invited to the second community meeting to review possible designs for the Barnes Lumber civic space and transportation infrastructure, and discuss next steps for the downtown initiative. The designs that will be presented were based on ideas and feedback received at the May 27 community meeting, which was held at the Field School.
Walk-ins will be welcome. Childcare will be provided, but families needing this service must RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/2744WRgI4c.
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Registration and Refreshments
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Community Meeting
WHERE: Crozet Elementary School
(Note: This is a new location. There will be air conditioning!)
1407 Crozet Ave.
Crozet, VA 22932
WHY: These public meetings were created to gather feedback and generate ideas relating to transforming the Barnes Lumber site into an accessible, successful and vibrant center for downtown Crozet. Attendees are invited to share thoughts and ideas to help grow the heart of Crozet.
Downtown Crozet’s about to get a bit more active.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors recently approved leases for Staengl Engineering, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Crozet Artisan Depot.
I hope some of these folks will be walking or riding bicycles to and from work.
As a side note, I’ve added “Downtown Crozet” as a category.
We all have some homework to do.
*** Update: this has been moved to Crozet Elementary ***
I could attempt to summarize the 25 page recap of last week’s Crozet Town Hall, but really, if you’re interested, please take the time to read (or at least, skim) this excellent summary. It’s a PDF. Download it. Read it. Print it if you have to.
This will give you a taste of what’s included.
After presentations and discussion, meeting participants broke out into five small groups to share their ideas and feedback for the site. Discussion was guided by a facilitator and a designer sketched ideas into a drawing of the site. After each of the small groups met, the group reconvened in a large group. Each group presented to the large group their top three ideas for the site. The designers will use these ideas to create design options that will be presented at the June 11th public meeting.
Below are summaries from each of the small group designs and discussions. A summary of the individual concerns, feedback and questions from individual participants in a Appendix A, a list of meeting participants in Appendix B, and the Planning Committee overview document that was referred to at the meeting in Appendix C. The next Public Meeting will be on Thursday, June 11th from 6-9 pm to review and provide feedback on draft plans based on community input designs. Meeting participants are welcome to contact Reed and Christine of Dialogue + Design Associates with any questions or feedback at [email protected] or [email protected].
If you’re going to be vocal, might as well do the homework to be informed.