Why has so much time and effort been spent on developing a plaza for downtown Crozet? After researching many successful small towns across America, reviewing key studies on what it takes to build prosperous communities, and speaking with countless industry experts and advisors, one thing was apparent: the most successful small towns in America have a town “center,” the heart of the community.
Crozet is already a wonderful community that has captured the hearts of everyone who lives, works, and visits here. But, downtown could BE and offer so much more. The plaza will serve as the catalyst for what will be an even more vibrant and successful downtown. It will help Crozet attract the types of local businesses that will enhance everything that we love about our charming and quirky little community. Imagine kids running around playing games as you quietly enjoy your coffee from the park bench, friends meeting up at an outdoor café surrounding the plaza, outdoor events with food trucks and live music, movies under the stars…the possibilities are endless.
MAKING THE PLAZA A REALITY
Input and support from the entire community is vital to ensuring that downtown grows organically and retains the uniqueness that we’re all working to achieve. In order to attract and keep the types of businesses the community has requested: local cafes, restaurants, retail shops, a boutique hotel, and new industry (likely tech-based businesses), we need to keep rent rates affordable. To do this, the developer cannot solely fund the plaza. If he does, guess where he’s going to recoup that cost? Rent rates.
The developer, Frank Stoner, is donating the land, but the County and our community need to play a part in creating the space. Since Crozet has been designated a growth area by the County, it’s our job to make sure that when this growth occurs, it’s done in a way that will preserve everything we love about Crozet while ensuring it’s a success.
We’re seeking as much input from the community as possible. If you’re interested in joining us to help revitalize downtown Crozet and make this plaza a reality, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.