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Crozet Library Moves Downtown

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 2, 2006

The idea of building a new library in the town of Crozet started way back in 1999, and seven years later the idea has finally turned into a plan.

The Crozet community knew it was going to get a new library, but they did not know where it would go. Area officials were torn between two locations. The two options were a downtown Crozet area, or a site where a school currently stands. The decision is final, but it took about a year to choose.

"I was in favor of the old school site," said Peggy Schrader.

"Having it just moved down the street a short distance would be ideal for the downtown area," said Jean Seal.

There is always two sides to every story. No matter how the story begins it will only have one ending. The seven year story of replacing Crozet's current library ends with a decision to build a new one downtown.

"I'm disappointed of course, but I'm going to do my best to make the downtown location the best that it possibly could be," added Schrader.

Peggy Schrader is not the only Crozet resident disappointed. Many of them feel the current home of the Charlottesville Waldorf School would have been the best place to build for many reasons.

"Mainly because of its location. There was plenty of room for expansion, dedicated parking, outside area for kids to play, and a beautiful reading garden," added Schrader.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed with others like Jean Seal.

"It would keep everybody coming to the downtown area, and that's what a lot of people want to see. The merchants want to see the downtown area thrive," added Seal.

Its new location will be in the heart of downtown across from the post office. Despite, not having the library in the location of everyone's choice, having one in the town of Crozet is a "win-win" situation.

"I thought this was like having two excellent job candidates. It's really hard to choose between the two of them, and whichever decision you make is going to be right," said John Halliday of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

The estimated cost of the new library should run around $6 million. The library should open in about five years. The new library will serve both Western Albemarle county, and surrounding areas.


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