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There are 41 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 19, 2012, titled Shops at Stonefield Customers Run into Parking Problems - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sp.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

If you've been to the new Shops at Stonefield in Albemarle County, you might have run into some parking problems.

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Hampstead, NC

#1 Nov 19, 2012
This report is terrible. Ed do a little investigating. Maybe get Henry to help you-he is fair and good. There are plenty of shopping centers who followed the rules on parking spaces relative to the buildings. Why is this the only center with different rules? Buildings opening without all work complete? Landscape not complete? Rules other developers painfully follow or the doors don't open. WHY???
County Resident

Marietta, GA

#2 Nov 19, 2012
Albemarle screws up AGAIN!

Not only is there not enough parking but the lanes are too narrow. We can expect to see some side mirrors missing if cars are allowed to park along the lanes as they were when I was there this weekend.

Thank you Board of Supervisors and the ARB for making such an ugly corner on our "Main Street". I guess this was another "midnight" decision when you were half asleep!

Ardsley, NY

#3 Nov 19, 2012
I think the whole place is confusing. I won't be going there on Saturdays.
Although, I did get a good parking space at Trader Joes! Got there at the right time!

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Nov 19, 2012
Just a newer version of Barracks Road springing up. Overpriced shopping and horrendous parking. Just wait until all the shops open and even now with the holidays approaching the body shops are sure going to be busy.

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Nov 19, 2012
What cracked me up was even the bicycle racks were way out on the outside of the shopping center near the outer parking lots. Guess they didn't want to see a lot of bikes locked up conveniently near the business the cyclist might want to patronize either... what a bunch of goof ball planners.

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Nov 19, 2012
Traffic may or may not subside after the lookey lookers have seen the stores and written home, but it is a bit of a maze, the lanes & intersections are cramped with stop signs slowing everything down.
Ernest Morris

Douglasville, GA

#7 Nov 20, 2012
There should have been traffic circles installed for that volume of cars. Its like we took Barracks Road Shopping center and compacted it into the Old Navy Parking lot.

Im probably going to avoid that place at all costs.

United States

#8 Nov 20, 2012
give it two years (tops) and there will be plenty of parking. All the stores will close and it will look just like Albemarle Square.

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Nov 20, 2012
I'm going to just point out Trader Joe's is a grocery store and this past weekend was the last weekend before Thanksgiving. I'm sure all the other grocery stores in town saw large crowds as well.
It Is Too Soon

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Nov 20, 2012
For shoppers to complain. Although EVERY complaint in this thread is spot-on! Traffic will get worse, especially after Friday, and as stores open. Driving our family auto (small crossover)- it was horrible trying to get into the shopping area and worse trying to get out. I only saw TWO entrances - I agree - the approvals must have been given after midnight, with ALL the members nodding off. Stupidity & usual for C'Ville.
Freedom of Choice

Front Royal, VA

#11 Nov 20, 2012
Went the other night. It was a nightmare! Got a parking at Trader Joe's, then no one would let us back out of the spot. Cars were lined up at each row and some people got impatient and actually started started going the wrong way in the opposite lane so that no one could turn in toward Trader Joe's. I won't be going back there anytime soon, that's for sure!
Um No

United States

#12 Nov 20, 2012
When they first talked about putting so many shops in there, I wondered if there would be enough space for the shops and ample parking. I went there one time and got my answer - not nearly enough parking.
GC Citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Nov 20, 2012
Is anyone really surprised at this? But we had to have it. Had to put a shopping center with too many stores, not enough parking at the intersection that's the most congested all day. Sounds like a fun shopping trip. I won't be going out there any time soon, no matter how many stores open up.

Crozet, VA

#14 Nov 20, 2012
We now have our own little slice of Northern Va. Welcome to Fairfax county south!

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Nov 20, 2012
Good lord. The place just opened. If you're expecting that you're going to zip right up to a brand new Trader Joe's and park quickly and easily the week before Thanksgiving, you're deluded. You got along in Charlottesville just fine before Stonefield opened...if you don't like it, don't take your business there.

I've only been there once, and I did find getting to TJ's from Hydraulic Road to be someone convoluted. But I'll wait until the crowds die down and the construction's over to say for sure.

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Nov 20, 2012
It's not a matter of excitement, it's a matter of there being a giant movie theatre with not enough spaces for their clientele.

Just looking at spaces per store, with ~10% of the stores open now, we are not going to see parking woes decrease by any stretch of the imagination.
common sense

Wytheville, VA

#17 Nov 20, 2012
of course parking and traffic flow is a disaster; it's Charlottesville and Albemarle's MO. Why would you think putting a shopping center at one of the worst intersections in town wasn't going to be problematic? It's typical Charlottesville, we can't have something functional we have to have something that's visually appealing. It's all about the look and perception... no depth.
quit crying

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Nov 20, 2012
If you don't like the traffic or bad parking, don't go! No one is making you visit those stores.

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Nov 20, 2012
There is no excuse for inadequate parking and blocked lanes. What happens if an emergency vehicle has to get through? I guess we have an "Architectural Review Board" that is more concerned about the visual aesthetics of the buildings, rather than customer and employee safety, to thank for this.

Crozet, VA

#20 Nov 20, 2012
ARB's are a total joke. They need to go back to "form follows function", something every architect worth their salt understands.

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