|John Marr Drive|
The award caught Garnett by surprise. “It’s quite humbling that they think that much of me,” she said. “I’m flattered and humbled at the same time.”
Garnett helped create the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee in 1984 and has worked tirelessly over the years in support of various redevelopment projects.
It’s also a bit frustrating, Garnett acknowledged, as she’s been working on efforts to improve Annandale for the past 27 years, and “it’s not where I want it to be.” It’s been difficult to put together a significant multiuse project because Annandale is carved up into many small parcels of land, she says.
The committee spent countless hours on several proposed projects that later fell apart when the economy tanked. A plan to develop an office/retail/residential project on the site of the AMF bowling alley went all the way through the zoning process.
|The bowling alley|
One successful effort of the committee was the streetscape improvements on John Marr Drive, which included brick sidewalks, the “acorn” streetlights, and plantings. Another was the development of Toll House park on Little River Turnpike.
Those efforts were aimed at making Annandale more attractive and a bit more walkable, but much more pedestrian-friendly development is needed. One hopeful sign Garnett points to is the new TD Bank, on the corner of Little River and Backlick Road, which should open in a few weeks.