Crozet is one step closer to establishing a new downtown with the start of Piedmont Place, a 22,000-square foot, three-story, mixed-use development on Library Avenue across from the Crozet Library.
“Piedmont Place is a complete lifestyle play,” said Drew Holzwarth, who, with his wife Michelle, bought the property in June 2015. “Our friends and neighbors love our little town and we want to create a locally-focused place that serves the needs of our community right here on Library Avenue.”
Piedmont Place wil have a restaurant with outdoor dining on the terrace-level. The first floor will house seven businesses, as well as a common area for seating. Prospective tenants include a craft brew and wine specialist, a homemade ice cream shop, an organic butcher and a gourmet food counter. The second floor contains four 1,200 square-foot, high-end apartments, and the top floor has two more apartments, as well as the highly anticipated sky bar with outdoor seating 40 feet above street level that will have a panoramic view of Crozet’s Bucks Elbow Mountain.
“The 2015 demographics of Crozet, as well as the size of the community, support the type of businesses we plan to offer,” said Holzwarth. “The median household income within a 2.5 mile radius is nearly $100,000, the median age is 43, and 30 percent of those people have a graduate degree. When we project those demographics out to 2020, they’re equally favorable. People who now drive to Charlottesville to shop at Wegmans or Whole Foods will love the convenience of coming to Piedmont Place.”
Piedmont Place echoes the design and tone of the Crozet Library, and together the two structures set the architectural tone for the rest of the town, Holzwarth said.
Sustainability is a key element of design. A zealot for energy-efficient construction, Holzwarth is using low-flow water systems, LED high-efficiency lighting, advanced foam technology for insulation, and a state-of-the-art HVAC system. He also plans to install a 12kW solar field on the roof to help generate the power needs for the building.
“Our goal is to complete construction in a seven-month timeline,” said Holzwarth. “So over the next several months, people in Crozet will get to watch this beautiful structure rise up out of a site that has been an empty lot for too long. It’s not often that you have the chance to build a new downtown,” Holzwarth added, “and we fully expect that Piedmont Place will establish the vision for what we can expect to see in our community for years to come.”