September 19, 2007
Changes to downtown Crozet are meeting mixed reviews.
While most residents understand change is inevitable to accommodate a growing community, many people would like to see their small town stay the same.
Ian sole moved out to Crozet five months ago and like many it was the small town appeal that attracted him to the area. "Its quaint and quiet and yet there's a great sense of community here," said Sole.
But as more and more people move to the area Albemarle County must make changes to accommodate them.
"It's not fair for me to say I'm here and you can stop building because it is a beautiful area but we need to have the infrastructure in place before we start more building and more houses we have to have the schools in place and we have to have the streets that can handle the added traffic," said Crozet resident Heidi Brown.
The county is working on redeveloping the area and will soon being phase two the Historic Crozet Streetscape Enhancement Project. It will include sidewalks along Crozet Avenue, construction of a New Main Street and a new library. Many are afraid of what the changes will bring.
the owner of the sole dry cleaner in downtown crozet hopes the county doesn't take part of her parking lot to build a sidewalk. And the manager at La Cocina del Sol doesn't want to see their outdoor dining porch replaced by a walkway.
"People love to eat here in the patio with this beautiful weather and we are just concerned we might lose not customers but the main attraction here which is the patio," said Erika Monti, manager at La Cocina del Sol.
The restaurant has even circulated a petition they hope will stop the county from destroying their patio. they have yet to hear if those many signatures had an impact.
They may find out tomorrow as there will be a town hall meeting thursday night in Crozet so residents can speak with developers and voice any concerns.
The town hall meeting will be held at Western Albemarle High School from 7-9pm.
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