The subject of the name of the new “main street” now being built in downtown came up at the Crozet Community Association meeting Sept. 9. What is now known as Crozet Avenue was called Main Street for as long as living memory goes back, probably since it was first paved in 1921. The name was changed when the countywide 911 system went into effect about 20 years ago.
That’s over; Crozet Avenue will be Crozet Avenue.
But none of the 45 people at the meeting felt like accepting the “Main Street” name for the stub being created. Something else is needed.
[Do readers agree? The Gazette invites readers to propose alternative names for “main street” and email their suggestions to news [at] crozetgazette.com, or leave a comment on this post. Let’s settle this before they make the sign.]
Meanwhile, road work is building 380 feet of pavement that will be three lanes wide. It will connect to the future library’s parking lot at the top of the hill. The lot will have 66 spaces.
White Hall Supervisor Ann Mallek told the crowd that since the J-MRL facility report came out shrieking over conditions at Crozet Library, “Supervisors are more open to doing something.” That may mean they might be willing to borrow, she speculated.
In other news from the CCA: citizens strongly favored a plan to place “Welcome to Crozet” signs at the edges of town. The sign under consideration uses the steam locomotive image on Crozet Library’s sign. One will be placed on Rt. 240 at the water treatment plant. Permission has been granted. Another, everyone agreed, should go near Clover Lawn, facing east. The crowd split over the third location, some favoring a spot along Rt. 240 such as the bottomland near Eaglehurst, others saying it should be at the Western Albemarle High School intersection or further west toward Interstate 64. On a show of hands, the Rt. 250 option was preferred about 2 to 1. The signs will cost about $410 each and a fundraising campaign, maybe donation jars, is being planned.
The CCA treasury has $919.19 in it, Treasurer Emory Taylor reported.