Waylands Grant Neighbors Ask for Their Commons to Survive

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The Wayland's Grant Commons area
The Wayland’s Grant Commons area

Homeowners and residents of Crozet’s Wayland’s Grant neighborhood on Jarmans Gap Road are appealing to officials of Union First Market Bank in Charlottesville to convey two grassy undeveloped parcels it owns in the center of the development to their homeowner’s association.

Vacant over the years, the two lots have become a community commons where children play, the neighborhood holds bonfires on Friday nights, plays soccer games, picnics, and joins in other activities, according to Nick Sorrentino, who composed the appeal to the bank on behalf of the tightly connected community.

The two lots are valued by the bank at $100,000. The bank’s current plans are to sell the lots for houses to be built on, he said. Residents are hoping they can persuade the bank to donate them since their value is beyond the means of the association. Nearly three dozen homeowners have signed the letter, Sorrentino said, and a meeting with bank officials was set for Nov. 6.

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