Developer Working to Transform Former Crozet Lumber Yard
A Charlottesville-based developer is working with Albemarle County planners to transform a former lumber yard in Crozet into a neighborhood of shops, businesses, and homes.
Developer Milestone Partners is under contract to purchase the Barnes Lumber property from the bank that bought it in foreclosure. The site's future depends on a rezoning process that's underway right now.
The Georgetown West Salon is the place to chat about Crozet's growth. The salon on The Square borders the former Barnes Lumber property. Tracy Knight, a customer at the salon, lives on the other edge of the nearly 20-acre site.
"It's prime real estate. I think if they planned it well they could make something beautiful, but it's all in the planning," Knight said.
Albemarle County planners are working with a new developer to redevelop the property.
"It's actually a very strategically important property," said Wayne Cilimberg, Albemarle County's director of planning.
Milestone Partners says the site would likely include retail, office, and residential, which requires a rezoning so the industrial land can become a part of the downtown Crozet district.
"The developer obviously understands that as well and shares, I think, that understanding of the importance of part of this development really being an extension of The Square," Cilimberg said.
Salon stylist Charlotte Sudol and her client Knight hope the redevelopment keeps its neighbors in mind. "If they're going to make it that much bigger and that much more, parking needs to be the main concern," Sudol said.
"They have to plan sidewalks and roads and parking because it's just all blown up," Knight said.
They paint a picture of a revitalized addition to downtown that maintains its history. "They need to make sure they don't take away from the charm of downtown Crozet," Sudol said.
The developer is also requesting a zoning change to allow residential units on the first floor of buildings. That's not allowed in downtown Crozet now. The Albemarle County Planning Commission will consider that in early November.
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