Hyperlocal community news in 3D

Charlottesville Tomorrow is pleased to share 3D visualizations of the
proposed Re-Store’N Station in Crozet, VA.

The Re-Store’N Station is a project currently under review by Albemarle County.  It is a convenience store with gas pumps and office space located on property zoned Highway Commercial on Route 250 West in Crozet.

Public input opportunities :

    Albemarle Co. Planning Commission – Tues., March 15, 2011, 6PM [ agenda ]

    Albemarle Co. Architectural Review Board – Mon., March 21, 2011, 1PM


A goal of our Cville3D initiative is to help our readers and decision makers see the community and proposed development projects in a whole new way. Taking the publicly available drawings, we can render a project in a three-dimensional real-world environment. Presto! You get more information to make an informed decision.

Funding for the Cville3D initiative has been provided by generous support of the Virginia Environmental Endowment and the Oakwood Foundation . The models are created by Bob Pineo, an independent local architect working under contract for Charlottesville Tomorrow. The final product is our best approximation of what this project will look like based on the material submitted to local government.

This is a prototype. Please add your comments below and tell us what we should model next.

Starting with the siteplan…

and the elevations…


then using Google Sketchup and Google Earth , we create the 3D perspective seen in this Flickr slideshow


The model can also be downloaded and manipulated in Google Earth.

Click here to access the model for download in your own copy of Google Earth to

    See the model without landscaping – What will it look like before landscape is mature?

    Select your own views and perspectives with real terrain – What will it look like from my backyard?


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