J and J Apartment Building Crumbles

J & J Apartments, a long-standing Crozet eye-sore on Railroad Avenue, was demolished on September 27. Look for more in October's Gazette next week.

Updated October 7.

The J&J Apartments on Railroad Avenue, considered an eyesore by many in Crozet for 20 years, crumbled at the touch of an excavating bucket on September 27.
Owners Bob and Ellen Beard of Ivy, who bought the property in June 2009, had investigated reusing the structure. “We had an architect and engineers look at it. Maybe scoop it out and redo it. But it wasn’t salvageable,” said Bob Beard.

The demolition was done by R.E. Lee Construction. “The guys who did it said the mortar between the blocks just fell apart,” Beard said. Metal from the structure, which included the roof, was recycled.

“Now we have to figure out what to do with it,” said Beard.

He will attend the Crozet Community Advisory Council meeting set for Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Meadows to discuss development possibilities. (The public is invited.) “We’re happy to build whatever the community needs.” The site will likely have parking behind a building. The location is within the Downtown Crozet District, where zoning requires at least two stories and allows as many as four by-right.

Beard said one possibility he and his wife have entertained is an antiques mall with apartments above. Whatever use is settled on, he said, he does not expect any project to begin for two years.

J & J Apartments on Railroad Avenue as it stood on September 23, 1010.
J & J Apartments as it stood on September 23, 2010.