Once again the clouds have parted and a voice came from above, not from the almighty, but from Frank Stoner giving an update on the building of Crozet Plaza. In a crowded room in the library, we once again viewed illustrations of what the future Crozet Plaza will look like. For a better look a the plans here’s a link to the Downtown Crozet Initiative, where you can see the illustrations and continue to get updates on the project. To tell the truth, not much has changed from 2015, when we saw the first renderings. That said, there seems to be progress in the permitting process, especially when it comes to VDOT approval, where there’s hope that within 30 days VDOT will give its blessing to the final road design. Aside from the Plaza, we also were informed the county will be improving “The Square”, with improvement in parking and drainage. So what’s planned for phase one? Of course there’s the Plaza, with all it amenities, including a large lawn and a water feature. Then there’s a hotel and another larger commercial building, which will contain a community performance arts center. Road construction is expected to start in 2024, with a completion date sometime toward the end of 2025. Projected cost for phase one is estimated to be in the range of 14 million dollars. Moving on to phase two, there will be the construction of additional commercial and about 4 acres going to residential development. The development group is currently working on developing architectural guidelines for that phase of construction. The good news, was the announcement that Warren Byrd, a noted landscape architect is part of the design team. Mr. Byrd has been an asset to planning in Crozet for years and his involvement can only mean that someone with Crozet ties will be a guiding force for future development. Another plus, as far as I can see, is the fact Mr. Stoner will be looking to work with local developers to work on the build out of phase two, rather than a single development group from who knows where. One more improvement also mentioned will be the removal of the old buildings on the Barnes Lumber site which will start to come down next year as the necessary utility infrastructure is installed. The only cloud on the horizon, and it’s a big thunder head, is the question of traffic. According to Mr. Stoner, the build out of the project will take from 10 to 15 years. On the other side of the coin is the fact when VDOT presented their road plan improvements for downtown Crozet to the Crozet Community Advisory Committee, the time frame for completion was 20 to 25 years. As they always say, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news, which do you want to hear first”.