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Advisory Committee Reviews New Block Plan for Barnes Lumber
Crozet Gazette Friday, September 04, 2015 at noon
The Crozet Community Advisory Committee was introduced to a block development plan for the former Barnes Lumber company property at its meeting August 19 and responded with a rare spontaneous round of applause as plan architect Warren Byrd ended his presentation.
White Hall residents Byrd and his wife Susan Nelson, also an architect, drafted the plan to demonstrate how the community’s goals, as defined in the Crozet Master Plan and the Downtown Crozet District, a special zoning area, can be realized in a design for the 20-acre lumberyard parcel. Now retired, they were both on the architecture faculty at the University of Virginia. They also ran a design firm in Charlottesville, then called Nelson Byrd Landscape Architects and now known as Nelson Byrd Woltz, for Thomas Woltz, who took over leadership of the practice. Their firm was selected by Albemarle County as the consultant for the development of the foundational Crozet Master Plan that was adopted in 2004. The firm developed an international reputation for sustainable design and among its numerous projects was the design of the 9/11 memorial park at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Byrd received the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s Medal, its top honor, in 2013. Woltz, who was also involved in the creation of the Crozet Master Plan and is now working on the Hudson Yard project in Manhattan, among several others, was named Design Innovator of the Year by The Wall Street Journal in 2013.

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