Growing the Heart of Crozet


Town Hall Meeting About Lumberyard’s Future Set for May 27

An aerial view of the Barnes Lumber parcels.
An aerial view of the Barnes Lumber parcels.

The public is invited to a town hall meeting sponsored by the Crozet Community Association and Milestone Partners, the new owners of the 20-acre former Barnes Lumber Company property in downtown Crozet, that will be held Wednesday, May 27 at The Field School at 1408 Crozet Avenue to solicit community views on how the property should be designed and economically developed. The effort is tagged as the Downtown Crozet Initiative: A Vision for Barnes Lumber.

Refreshments and design examples will be offered beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting starting formally at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9. Child care and food (probably pizza) will be provided. A follow-up meeting that will show a response to input from the May 27 meeting is set for Thursday, June 11.

If you plan to attend, the organizers ask that you RSVP by May 24 to: Walk-ins are welcome, however.

Other key background information on the subject is available at the CCA’s website,

The meeting will be run by Christine Gyovai and Reed Muehlman, facilitators/designers with White Hall-based Dialogue+Design Associates.

The agenda includes a review of the zoning rules of the Downtown Crozet District, which Milestone Partners will apply for the lumberyard to be included in, and an illustration of what those rules actually look like when built out.

Frank Stoner of Milestone Partners will describe the property from a developer’s perspective and previous plans proposed for it, as well as its possibilities and difficulties. Stoner will take questions.

Meeting goers will be broken into three smaller groups to work with maps and propose design concepts dealing with roads and civic and green spaces. Ideas on economic development will also be welcome. The subgroups will be re-assembled for a wrap-up of the ideas that have been suggested.

The CCA and Milestone Partners have assembled a planning committee for the Downtown Crozet Initiative that includes:

  • Tim Dodson, WAHS student
  • Meg Holden, past CCAC chair
  • Mike Marshall, Crozet Gazette publisher
  • Brenda Plantz, Parkway Pharmacy owner,
  • Michelle Simpson, Parkside Village Resident
  • Scott Stinson, owner of The Mudhouse building
  • Dave Stoner, Crozet Community Advisory Council,
  • Frank Stoner, Crozet New Town Associates,
  • Tim Tolson, Crozet Community Association president.



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