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  1. I have my fingers crossed that this goes through and not at its minimum....
  2. So as far as I can see, this is all about what the impact of a casino will do to people who have gambling or potential gambling addictions and perceive public threat? You would think in a city like Baltimore, a casino (in downtown mind you) would do awful things to a city that has its own share of problems. Nope, quite differently. Baltimore didn't even bother to improve the area around the casino, not that its horrible to begin with. Keep in mind, they have a hue population of homeless who live literally yards away. A casino here acts more so like a gathering place. People come, they spend money, many just hang out, but its nothing like the death people are pretending it will be. Also, they are trying to breathe much needed activity into that area and additional purpose for the light rail stop. I like the move (gives me greater concern for that part of SPQ though). I do believe the rendering and specs is BS per typical Norfolk. Come in with a grand idea and then it is reduced considerably. I think i'm more so afraid of them half way doing that then anything. There are like 5 casinos here (MD) all within a hour's drive. 2 are less than 20 miles apart (Horseshoe in dt bmore, and Live near bwi). When MGM was built in the national harbor, they built out with a hotel component. When LIVE built out (the first casino in the immediate area), it did not have a hotel component. Then they rushed to add a hotel component after the fact; one suspects because they were going to loose the competition battle without it. Norfolk should urge the tribe to do it right the first time. Or build it in a way that allows them to expand when it comes the time. A casino will be super popular in the 757 consider its placement, lack of pro sports, and relationship to different activities you get in other areas.
  3. Is there any word/speak on what happens to the amtrak station there? We are talking about the same bit of land right? I guess it would be easy to move it or incorporate it.
  4. I was hoping they would include a hotel with this casino, great!. Classic mistakes made here in MD, now casinos are back tracking to build hotels now because of the MGM that was built. 750 seat venue sounds too small, especially with a hotel that size. Excited at the prospect. This is the most promising it has ever looked for casinos in va. 33 Million to Norfolk sounds low and I agree that money should have guaranteed usage. I don' t know about it going to flooding though unless they have a definite way of curving flooding Norfolk. So far, nothing I hate about it but the venue size. Do this VA, you need this. Everyone else is doing it with great results. Especially if pro sports never comes to the area.
  5. brikkman

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I wish I had a better understanding of the city manager vs city council's relationship. It was my understanding that the city manager carries out the wishes of the city council and handles the day to day workings of city hall. He gives the impression he is strategizing (sp*) Norfolk's future. I'm a little lost in this connection.
  6. brikkman

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Anything short of this would be disappointing if you ask me. In fact, I've said this before, but I disagree with the Tidewater Garden's plan, the residential component as it stands. Keep in mind if this says anything, but Norfolk Southern relocated, we are down a fortune 500 (regardless if we knew it was coming or not). People in the area for decades talked about the area's dependency on the Navy and Government and now I think it's time to attract other companies, life adjacent to the Navy. i'm very disappointed they didn't or tried to bring Dollar tree HQ downtown. I was happy about ADP, but we need more acquisitions in the city like that. They need not to think about that retro and be more active now about planing that. SPQ is HUGE when you think about it from a land mass perspective, no reason why most can't be slated to attract those kinds of businesses and squeeze in your original plan within that area. I just think it is shortsighted, especially considering how long this has went on. We are now at that point were we just want something different other than what is there, and not a way to build Norfolk and the region strategically.
  7. brikkman

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Came home for our family reunion this past weekend. First time in a long time I was able to drive around parts of Norfolk and I must say, Norfolk is looking good. I was surprised and shocked how much cleaner the city looks. I totally expected (especially the areas where I'm from) certain places to look worst but to my surprised things looked extremely positive. Trashed has been picked up, homes are being kept up to code, new homes built, the entire city just looks clean as if it took a step up. Downtown looked great, I was shocked, it looked great. Granby street and the neon district just had this level of maturity it seemed. Good vibes, scooters zooming around, people walking, talking, seeming to have a great time. Restaurants looked packed and vibrant, it was bright and airy. Building built that I never seen before and they are still doing construction which is positive. Just wanted to come here and give Norfolk a head nod today, I'm proud of home. Unfortunately, I'll be back for a funeral now :(.
  8. Think about what Cordish did for waterside in short order for a sec! Did they really do anything revolutionary for real? In my opinion NOT AT ALL. Waterside represents governing body that does not have the correct ideas or depth to will the simplest high yield ideas. Cordish probably spent more time on crafting the deal with the city vs what they were actually going to do with the space, etc.. Years ago someone made a comment on this board to say that in the stretch that Fraim was mayor, overall he had done a lot. No doubt, but there is no true way to benchmark the true success during his tenure. All these years later we are just now seeing some real movement on Tidewater park and now we have this issue with the mall. Without some solid creative ideas Norfolk stands to rise in one regard and fall in others and that is unfortunate. I'm tired of seeing the same approaches like they always work. Its time to step their game up a little. This space is another opportunity, lets see their final choice.
  9. I'm not seeing how a Target survives in a space like that. At the end of the day, Target is still just a classy walmart in a lot of ways. I'm not sure we are at pedestrian mass to support a target there. Keep in mind, people still have to pay to park. I do not feel that way about Macy's though, but that is a different kind of shopping experience. I like the idea of opening it up with glass, at least the 3 floor possibly if possible to like a Dave and Busters type of establishment with direct views of Monitcello and LRT station. This would do a few things, breathe life and interest to that area, show activity, provide unique style (which we are seriously lacking in Norfolk/DT) while not closing off other low style opportunities. Think about it, that is a great space to add uniqueness Norfolk is definitely lacking... maybe a small lane bowling alley coupled with that Dave and Busters type thing? Its definitely enough room for it on one floor. It maybe just me, but DT Norfolk seems more about eating and finding a place for beer. We need more interest down there.
  10. Sad, but we are use to this. Most building that come through Norfolk are redesigned almost like its a game... Get them to like it visual, then change it once its approved..
  11. This is going to be crazy. I like it though..
  12. Just wanted to share my experience with staying in the hotel for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Nice building, definitely did not have the "Hampton Roads" feel once you step inside and quite honestly, outside either. The hotel is definitely a step up from what I'm use to from the area and I think it may have a lot to do with the location. The restaurants were classy, parties going on in different locations. Paintings and decor were nice as many have stated. The hotel was 100% booked, so needless to say, it was a ton of traffic. The sat. night I was there, granby was modest, activity, but not bustling but I believe first friday was the night before, so I would have expected it not to be as crowded. Disappointments: The room costed me $300 a night, more than I typically need to lay my head down at night, but whatever. The beds and bedding was less than stellar. I've had far superior beds at lesser priced hotels. and my lord, the bathrooms, I would give it a 4.5 out of 10 for the price point. I had to call the front desk and say "Hey, my room as a tub in it". I was probably disappointed with that th emost Breakfast was definitely overpriced, about $20 a person, not including a drink for the most basic of breakfast food. They call parking validation, but it really ins't. Overall, I guess my kids enjoyed it, they were their most of the time while me and the wife attended a wedding. I guess I have a neutral experience with it but i'm not giving up any room on those bathrooms (just terrible). They were a total disappointment at that price point. You can definitely see where they skimmed on a few things, bathroom being one of them. The condos at the top originally planed should have been a keeper. I see how that could have been a gem for many people and the area.
  13. That is a significant walk to the nearest LR station to be considered TOD!
  14. brikkman

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Yup, my office is right off inner harbor in harbor east (most would consider it inner harbor if you are tourist), literally a 3 min walk... adjacent to our building an apartment complex is going up. I know at least two others that are apartments as well that are going up. And another tower across the street looking out my window now was just completed the end of last year... When I first caught wind of SPQ being redeveloped, I thought that would be Norfolk's jump point, but they contend to redo housing instead of building up its business district. Its sad to see that they raised taxes like that and continue to do it on the backs of their real estate taxes but no one is doing better than ten years before... That's a sad thought.
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