April 1, 2014
Albemarle county leaders were in Crozet today to announce new construction on the streetscape project.
New sidewalks, more trees, crosswalks and lighting are all included in the development.
It's a new look for Crozet, with mixed reviews.
The streetscape improvements will target the area from Crozet Avenue to Tabor Street.
Sidewalks, street trees, street lighting, crosswalks and bio-filters will all get an upgrade.
Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek advocated the plan, and believe the project is an essential step in achieving the goals of the Crozet master plan.
"The goal is to improve the walkability and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and to connect the different parts of the community."
They say it will improve pedestrian connectivity within downtown Crozet.
But not everyone is happy about the project.
An area homeowner says some people have concerns that its changing the look of the area.
"People are mixed. I think people that have been here for a long time are sad to see change and trees that belong here cut down and parking lots for businesses being taken away. I think some of the newer people are pretty excited that there will be bike lanes and sidewalks and those sorts of things."
Some area business owners are fans. They believe the project will provide economic benefits.
"Just to see the town start to take shape and the county to come in and even the state to really invest in making this not only a downtown that people will come to but really opening Crozet up as a destination."
Albemarle county officials also hope the streetscape will help balance the needs of all users all while beautifying that downtown area.
The project is expected to slow traffic in the area at times. But Crozet Avenue will stay open during the project.
It’s expected to wrap up in November.