Community Gardens in Old Trail

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The Old Trail Community Garden is now offering garden plots for rent to residents of the Crozet area for the 2012 growing season. It’s a beautiful location, good sun and soil, friendly fellow gardeners, and lots of exercise! Full plots (10′ x 10′) can be rented for $ 20. This is an organic garden (with a deer fence) and is located in Western Park (east of the soccer field), between Old Trail Drive and Brook View Road in Old Trail, Crozet, VA. Access to the garden is by foot, about a 1/4 mile walk from nearby streets. Parking is available on Brook View Road. A minimum of ten hours of in-kind work maintaining the common areas of the garden is required of all garden plot owners.

Space is limited; first come, first served. Please reply before April 1st. For more information, call 434-205-4087 or [email protected].

The annual Freedom 5k in Old Trail Village – Saturday, December 10 2011

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The annual Freedom 5k in Old Trail Village – Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 am.

Race entries are limited –
Register early online:
Cost for entry is $15 prior to 12/1; $20 after 12/1.

Walkers are also welcome!

The course will begin at the Old Trail Village Center, continue to the soccer field in the Park, head up into Ballard Field for a loop around The Common, then to the Golf Course Nature Trail and then finish at the Village Center.

Registration/Check-In begins at 7:30am day of the event.  Parking will be in the field across from the Village Center.

The Freedom 5K is my thank you-my expression of gratitude to that very special 1% of our population that keep us all free and safe.  Thank you for your interest in F5K. God Bless America.

Michael H. Kaminski, Creator and Director of Freedom 5K

First Cross Country meet in Old Trail today – Be Alert for Runners!

From the Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track & Field:

WAHS is holding its first cross country meet on its new Old Trail course today. The meet starts at 5:00, so drivers should know that they should be prepared to stop for runners. There will be signs and people at the road crossings – by the trailhead for the nature trail close to 250, by the soccer field and also on Golf Drive. A second and final home meet will be held next Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00, so the same caution applies for next week.

Kim Connolly
Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track & Field

Jarman’s Gap “Detention Pond” to be “BioFilter”

Thanks go to everyone involved in advocating for this – from the Old Trail residents, Ann Mallek, VDOT and lots of others I’m sure.

From the Old Trail group:

We have some great news to pass on today. We’ve just heard yesterday from the VDOT project manager for the stormwater management system at Jarman’s Gap Road and Old Trail Drive. It seems that VDOT has reconsidered their plan for a detention pond and will, instead, be putting in a “Bio-Retention Area”, which should be similar to the biofilter proposal submitted by Scott Collins. We have confirmation that this design will NOT require a fence.   
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The Moving Jarman’s Gap Timeline

I’m thinking I should look for a widget to put in the sidebar of RealCrozetVA to track the Jarman’s Gap timelines.

– First it was “June through August of 2011

– Then it was “August 15

– Then it was “August 22

Today (16 August 2011) it’s “August 29”

As of 8/24/2011: Now it’s “September 12 to November 12”

And VDOT told me that there’s likely to be another delay due to Hurricane Irene’s arrival.

At some point, the sign needs to read:

“You’ll know when the road’s closed when it’s closed. When it’s open, it’ll be open.”


From Stacy Londrey at VDOT (who has been very quick to respond to my emails):

The closure has indeed been moved to September 12. We are experiencing continuing water-line troubles while attempting to relocate utilities before the closure, which accounts for the many delays. A positive out of this most recent delay is it provides recovery time after Hurricane Irene, if she shows herself this far inland.

Also from Stacy:

Our project inspector has heard from several residents of Haden Lane that they are concerned about access. Jarmans Gap Road will be closed just east of their road, meaning that they will only be able to make left turns off their street—but they will have full mobility without driving through a work zone. This will allow them access to the official detour route (down Old Trail Drive) and other points west.

The attached map may provide a good visual for the location of the closure.

PDF drawing showing the Jarman’s Gap box culvert closure

Morning at The Lodge at Old Trail

I spent the morning with David Hilliard at The Lodge at Old Trail. I learned so much about what they are doing and was impressed with every facet. More to come in a later post, but I wanted to share the photos.

First, thank you, David for the time.

Second, as I wrote on my real estate blog

I’m no expert on “senior living” but I left with this:

David is compassionate, passionate and he cares about the community, the people and what he’s building. And what he’s building is a place where people are going to want to come to – “people” meaning those who choose to live there and those who are going to be visiting their families there.

Jarman’s Gap Retention Pond

I’d heard about this and driven/ridden my bike by the site of the soon-to-come retention pond but haven’t yet taken photos.

Happily, I received this email from a reader today:

I wanted to bring to your attention a detention pond that VDOT has planned along Jarmans Gap Road. My hope is that you could post a story on Real Crozet to get the community at large involved. I have been trying to convince VDOT that this plan is a ridiculous solution to the storm water problem on Jarmans Gap but so far I haven’t gotten very far. It is my understanding that the developer for Old Trail also tried working with VDOT on an alternate plan to no avail.

I have a meeting with Ann Mallek on Thursday at the site to try and get the BOS on my side but the honest truth is the Western Bypass is occupying most of their time these days.

The plan, as I understand it; there is a large detention pond planned for the green space at the entrance to Old Trail (where the sign used to be). This detention pond will be filled from the bottom using the curb and gutters along Jarmans Gap. This water will then be drained through a controlled release into the storm water drains that run through Old Trail. This “pond” will be 10 feet deep and surrounded by chain link fencing that is 6 feet tall. There is landscaping in the form of trees and shrubs only only the South side (which is the side closest to the home on Old Trail Drive that it will sit beside). There are small plantings planned for the North side along Jarmans Gap. The other 2 sides will remain bare. Forgetting the fact that the fencing planned is hideous, I find the entire project offensive. VDOT has planned this as if it were way out in the country and wouldn’t be affecting anyone.  This is a main corridor in Crozet and I think this will affect everyone! I can think of no other development/neighborhood in Albemarle County, or the City of Charlottesville for that matter, that has such an eye sore at it’s front door.

When I first discovered this plan, the VDOT employee that I spoke with said in no uncertain terms that it WOULD be a mosquito pit. When I asked him if he would want to live next to something like that he said “absolutely not”.

This is from Justin Beights, Old Trail’s Developer responding to my inquiry several weeks ago:

Dear Neighbors,

Many of you have contacted us regarding the work on Jarmans Gap Road. As you know, this is a VDOT project over which we have little control. However, please know that we have been attempting to work with VDOT for nearly two years to keep this work from negatively affecting our homeowners. Unfortunately, such efforts have met with resistance on the part of the transportation department.

Currently, the work at the intersection of Old Trail Drive and Jarmans Gap Road involves the creation of a sediment basin to collect run-off from the construction site. This is a typical environmental requirement of any construction that involves moving dirt (we have several in Old Trail Village, including the pond behind the town homes on West End Drive). Ideally, VDOT’s stormwater management would tie into the existing structures and systems in Old Trail Village. We have offered to work with VDOT engineers to create just such a solution, but they have not been open to this overture. Options for VDOT other than the collection basin at the intersection (Carriage Park entrance) would be to convert the permanent structure to a bio-filter or piping the runoff to one of our existing ponds. Neither of these options is attractive to VDOT because that would incur greater expense than the retention pond they’re digging now.

At this point, we are trying to convince VDOT that the sediment collection basin should be temporary in nature, and that a more attractive, beneficial solution should be conceived. Feedback from homeowners in the area should be directed to the VDOT, as it is a state organization responsible to the taxpayers. Regardless of your avenue for expression, please know that you have our support to reduce any negative impact on you and your quality of life here in Old Trail Village and Crozet.

Justin Beights
Beights Corporation

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