Dubbed “Gateway to Charlottesville”, “Gateway to Northern Virginia”, “Gateway to the state capital” and “Gateway to the Blue Ridge” by the Greene County Economic Development Authority, Greene County, Virginia really is all four.
Centered at the crossroads between US 29 and US 33, Greene County is 100 miles south of Washington DC, 20 miles north of downtown Charlottesville, 78 miles northwest of Richmond, about 15 miles from Shenandoah National Park, and close to both US 64 and US 81.
It is a land of opportunity, with new commercial development erupting like a volcano along 29, the primary corridor between Washington DC and Charlottesville – and elsewhere.
The Gateway Market Center, anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Lowe’s home improvement center, sits at the crossroads of 29 and 33, the county’s gateway to the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah National Park. Both retail giants arrived within the last few years and now McDonald’s, Verizon, Subway, Hair Cuttery, Asian East Gourmet, a branch of Pioneer Bank, and the county’s only Virginia ABC store have joined them there.
The Greene House Shops Antique Mall, home to more than 50 dealers of antiques, unique gifts and collectibles, is on the corner fronting the Center, and CVS, Burger King, and a Meadows Farms Garden Center are across the road.
The county’s first garden apartment community — Terrace Greene – has been completed just down from Sheetz and Food Lion, and the abutting property has been approved for the development of townhouse condominiums and single-family homes.
Just south of Terrace Greene and about four miles north of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, is Tierney Plaza, anchored by the 122-room BEST WESTERN PLUS Charlottesville Airport Inn & Suites, winner of multiple top awards in the hospitality industry and recipient of a three diamond-rating by AAA. Fronting the hotel are Dunkin’ Donuts, Lord Hardwicke’s restaurant, the Anytime Fitness Center and more.
But that’s just along the 29 corridor.
A brand new Tractor Supply Company is nearing completion on 33 West, just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from 33’s intersection with 29.
Further up the road turn onto 33 Business toward the entrance to Shenandoah National Park and you’ll see why Greene County, Virginia has been declared one of Money magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live.”
Designer residential developments filled with homes priced below those in neighboring Albemarle County have popped up – and are popping up – along the road that leads to the beef, horse and alpaca farms that sprinkle the county, and to the welcoming country inns and select wineries that make Greene the destination for both shoppers and tourists it has become.
This road leads to Stanardsville, the county’s seat since 1838, and its historic hub of social and economic activity. Currently undergoing a revitalization based largely on the nationally-recognized Main Street program, the Town is home to the majority of Greene’s public schools, its branches of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library and Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Piedmont Virginia Community College’s new Eugene Giuseppe Center, fine restaurants, art galleries, a florist, and other small businesses.
These two faces of Greene County did not evolve accidently. the county’s comprehensive plan, with an eye toward developing tourism as an industry, protects rural areas from more intrusive uses by designating major areas of commercial and business growth in the county along the 29N corridor between Ruckersville and Albemarle County, and the 33W corridor between Ruckersville and Stanardsville.
Eye on Greene keeps watch over this small historic county, taking pride in the business men and women who have made—and are making—it the destination for both shoppers and tourists it has become.
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