Crozet Residents Object to Plans for Old Barnes Lumber Site
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
People spoke out during a public hearing in Albemarle County Tuesday night concerning the future of Crozet's old Barnes Lumber site. The plan is to redevelop the site into a thriving community center, but dozens showed up to the Albemarle County Planning Commission's meeting to voice their opposition to the project.
Milestone Partners is looking to redevelop the 20-acre site next to Crozet's Town Square. The town's master plan makes job creation a priority for the property, but many are concerned the proposed project could include too many residential units and not enough space for business growth.
"We know that there's only one chance, really, and that's while you guys still have the leverage of approval in your hands to give a more definite plan presented to us that we can actually have confidence in, but so far we can't have confidence in this,” said Mike Marshall, editor for the Crozet Gazette.
Alice Lucan, who also lives in Crozet, said, "I see that project pulling traffic away from what are very vital businesses, locally owned, have catered to the local population for - not centuries - but many years.”
People are also worried the growth will only add to Crozet's traffic, stormwater, and water and sewer problems.
Tuesday night was just a public hearing. The planning commission will take all of the comments under consideration before revisiting discussions for the project in August.
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