The Lodge at Old Trail Gets an Official Launch

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David Hilliard, Jerry McDonald, Cailea McDonald, Steve Landes and Ann Mallek. (Photo: Mike Marshall)

The Lodge at Old Trail, a 126-unit project combining apartments with an assisted living facility and a small memory care facility, held a launch event Sept. 22 under a tent in Old Trail Village, near where the Lodge has its temporary office.

Virginia Delegate Steve Landes, who represents Crozet, thanked Lodge developer David Hilliard for undertaking the project, which is currently providing 400 construction jobs and will have 100 jobs once it is complete. The Lodge is slated to open April 28, 2012.

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Mallek said, “David could have taken this project anywhere in the country. He brought it to Crozet. David’s view is that this facility is one link in the community of Crozet. When I can’t drive a tractor any more, I’m going to be looking for a place like this.”

Hilliard, speaking next, said, “We are multigenerational and we are part of the community.” He thanked architect Jake Jones and Martin Brothers construction company for their efforts.

Hilliard pointed out a 1946 half-ton blue Chevy pickup nearby that has been restored and painted with The Lodge logo. It will used for errands around Crozet, Hilliard said.

“It’s something from the past. We come from our history. We look at the beauty of the restoration and we respect the values we learned from earlier generations.”

The spiffy pick-up attracted a lot of admirers. The restoration was done by Jerry McDonald of Winchester. It has all original parts, McDonald said, and it would have sold for $900 in 1946.