People converged in Crozet Tuesday to celebrate big improvements currently underway. An after-the-shovel groundbreaking ceremony was held to officially mark the start of the Crozet Streetscape Project.
The ground was broken for the project a couple of weeks ago, but county representatives say they wanted to formally honor this revitalization of a longtime vision for downtown Crozet.
“It just means progress. It means we've finally arrived. We've had several false starts, it took years to get all the right of ways and get the permission from the various utilities to move,” said Tim Tolson, who has lived in Crozet for the last 25 years.
Tolson says this streetscape project is a long time coming.
“It's another thing in improving the downtown of Crozet that we think will help spur economic development downtown to get more people to come downtown, and keep the small town feel,” said Tolson.
County leaders, including Albemarle Supervisor Ann Mallek, spoke about how these enhancements will spark new life in the town.
“It's going to be improving the pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Crozet Avenue here and helping to connect everybody in the community,” said Mallek.
Small business owners like John Andersen, who opened Crozet Running in the new library last year, say it's been nice to see support from the county and state.
“We've been in Crozet for 12 years and my wife and I have just literally invested in our community and we want more people to come out and come spend the day in Crozet,” said Andersen.
There's excitement now that the vision so many had is now reality after all this time.
“This is really just going to make it an even better place to be when we've got a nice walkability downtown,” said Andersen.
“It's just exciting to see the improvements coming and making the street prettier but also safer,” said Tolson.
Crews are working on Tabor Street in Crozet for the next two weeks.
Then they will build block by block until this winter, when the project is slated to be complete.
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