A new Main Street for Crozet?
“Of course, the new Main Street is several years out,” says Albemarle County spokesperson, Lee Catlin. “So we’re taking it step by step.” On Monday, the County took the first of those steps by approving a contract to buy a one-acre site in Crozet next to B&B Cleaners for $370,000
One of the high priorities of the Crozet Master Plan is building a new Main Street to run parallel to and south of the CSX track from Crozet Avenue to the Barnes Lumber property. Of course, many Crozet residents have been skeptical of these Master Plan ambitions, as well as other big development projects like Old Trail Villiage. Last week, over 1,300 Crozet residents signed a petition asking the County to keep the population of Crozet from rising above 12,000.
According to the Master Plan, a new Main Street is needed to improve traffic flow and create a more dynamic focal point for downtown. Ideally, the county hopes the Main Street project will be a public/private collaboration, with developers getting on board once the streetscape improvements are underway.