Driving home from Roanoke yesterday, my family and I stopped for restrooms and refreshments at a BP Station off Exit 107, Interstate 64, toward downtown Crozet. This beautiful BP Station had well-supplied and clean restrooms, friendly customer service, and a wide selection of both fresh and dry foods. When I approached the register I saw a petition addressed to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, letting them know that local residents supported the expansion of the property to include a possible donut shop, with a drive through, and an auto repair and auto parts store.
Now, the western end of Albemarle County is beautiful, as it the drive from Exit 107 into the town of Crozet; however, local residents eating at the station informed me that the folks on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors don’t want to establish any more business outside of Crozet, fearful of drawing business away from the town. As any interstate traveler well knows, folks getting off the interstate won’t drive more than a mile away from the exit. Most of the time they are just looking for restrooms, refreshments, and a bite to eat. They aren’t looking to drive 3 miles to the nearest town to spend their money at local businesses.
As the population grows around the town of Crozet, folks there understand that they’ll need more jobs and more economic opportunity. So why is the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors so opposed to expanding a well run business right off of Interstate 64?
I don’t live in Albemarle and it isn’t my place to tell local folks how to run their county or their town. That said, if you do live in Albemarle County, give the BP Station at 6115 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet Virginia a try. You won’t be disappointed. After visiting, if you think this station is the sort of establishment you’d like to see expand, take a few seconds to sign their petition.
If you feel strongly about the need for more business, more jobs, and more tax revenue in your area, you can even attend one of your Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meetings on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 1pm. Public comments are held at both 1pm and 6pm. There are also public comments on the second Wednesday of the month at 6pm. You can email the Board of Supervisors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The Board of Supervisors is located at 401 McIntire Road 4th Floor, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.
If you don’t live Albemarle, just remember there is a beautiful BP Station off exit 107 with fresh food and clean restrooms.