Wrapping up a months-long discussion of possible names for the new street in downtown that will lead to the future Crozet Library, the Crozet Community Advisory Council formally recommended to Albemarle County supervisors that it be named Library Avenue.
Should the right-of-way connecting Library Avenue and The Square be developed, the CCAC recommended that its name be Barnes Avenue, in honor of the family that founded the lumberyard. That right-of-way was platted decades ago with the name Oak Street, but current ordinances do not allow that name to be used because it is too similar to Oak Drive, south of downtown. The roadway could potentially extend to connect with Tabor Street.
County planner Elaine Echols said county naming rules will allow the county to accept the Library Avenue name now, but the name for Oak Street must involve property owners bordering it and its actual development. Lumberyard owner Carroll Conley, who was present at the CCAC’s Jan. 20 meeting, also endorsed the name Barnes Avenue.
Supervisor Ann Mallek reported that construction of the library’s 58-space parking lot, which is meant to serve general downtown parking needs, has been delayed until spring because of needed storm water improvements.