Albemarle supervisors are debating what to do with some soon-to-be empty space. The first floor of the new Crozet library will be vacant when the building is complete.
The building gives the library room to grow 20 years down the road, but when it opens next year, the first floor space will be empty. Supervisors are looking into temporary options for the space until the entire building is needed for the library.
Three options are on the table right now including using the area as a tourism hub, cultural arts center or collaborative working space.
Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin said, "It's a very important space for us. It's right in the middle of Crozet, it's right on Crozet Avenue with windows and street frontage. So it has great potential to be a good catalyst for activity in downtown Crozet."
The price tag for the first floor project depends on what supervisors pick. The hope is to have the space filled shortly after the library opens, which is expected to be in July 2013.