What’s up with the Crozet library site?
After twelve months of meetings and conversations to get the Crozet library design development process restarted, I am happy to report that it is happening. The building was pulled from the CIP or Capital Improvement Program a year ago, and at that point the final phase of design was halted by the Board of Supervisors. In order to learn a bona fide cost to build the library, final plans are needed.
The architect, Melanie Hennigan of Grimm and Parker, has met several times with county staff, me, and recently with members of the Architectural Review Board (ARB). These meetings have focused on complying with the ARB guidelines for buildings in the County’s entrance corridors. Work is ongoing.
The site plan for the parking lot is also moving through the process of zoning, planning, and ARB review. Originally the parking lot was proposed to the east of the building, thus the library would screen the lot from Crozet Ave. The extent of landscaping for a short (hopefully) time is one of the topics under discussion.
I believe that the library is essential to the private growth and redevelopment of downtown Crozet. The library will be a signal to landowners and to bankers that downtown is the core of the Crozet growth area, not just the old part that is to be left behind as growth occurs on Rt. 250.