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  1. Here is the real reason Scope cannot be renovated - the buttresses: For a few years, Norfolk officials have discussed the possibility of renovating and expanding the capacity of the arena, which can hold up to 13,600 people and was built in 1971. In 2017, Norfolk asked the Oak View Group to explore the idea of adding around 5,000 seats. "We looked at it hard," Rhamstine said. The study unearthed a major construction roadblock – because of the way the Scope roof was built, it would be prohibitively difficult to to maneuver construction equipment between the top and the surrounding buttresses. The cost estimate for renovations ended up being at least $200 million or more, Rhamstine said. https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/article_04cef438-3a03-11e9-8f04-f383430ceea9.html
  2. Is it possible that it is not the casino operating license that is holding it up? As NFK pointed out, this project involves substantial waterfront pier removal, wetlands restoration/management along a navigable waterway. All of these require permits from Department of Environmental Quality, the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and a myriad of other state and federal agencies. All of these take time, and the Norfolk Building Inspector cannot issue a building permit without all of the necessary permits in hand. Ironically, it could be the City of Norfolk is holding up its own project, but their hands are tied.
  3. No, Zoom is not appropriate for this meeting. Zoom is great for penny-ante meetings like weekly status reports at work. Zoom barely works for City Council meetings. When you are trying to sell someone on a development plan worth half a billion to a billion dollars ($1,000,000,000), you want to be there live. You want to be able to look them in the eye and read their body language while you are making your presentation. You want to go to lunch with them before the presentation and have a few drinks after. Zoom doesn't work for that. Zoom would merely be a rehashing of the PDF proposals that have been posted on this forum.
  4. The 13News story says this project will take 16-18 months to complete. There are no buildings, just an open park with some fabric shelters. Four hours after EJ_Lewis posted this article, varider posted on the 400 Gravity thread. The Breeden Companies say they will build a six-story apartment building in 22 months. I must be missing something.
  5. Here's a comment from Bob Molinaro, Virginian-Pilot columnist, From September 10, 2021: Musical chairs: With the Big 12 about to absorb three schools from the American Athletic Conference, there will be more rumblings among excitable ODU fans for the Monarchs to ditch C-USA and join East Carolina, Navy, Temple, South Florida, et al. Getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? First, ODU football needs to make itself more attractive to a potential suitor. He has a point. Does anyone know what the financial penalty would be for ODU to leave C-USA?
  6. Unfortunately, in the photo EJ_Lewis posted, our tallest building, Dominion Tower, is barely visible. It's there, but you have to look very hard to see it.
  7. I agree. Here’s a photo of the same area, about 20 years earlier, showing the same acres and acres of surface parking lots. The city tried to market that site to developers for decades, with no takers. When Taubman proposed an upscale mall for downtown, who can blame them for jumping at the opportunity. I agree that MacArthur’s time has come and gone, but at the time, it was the best option available. Many thanks to NFKfloodcaptain. The best thing I got from his post on the MacArthur thread this week "When Replacing MacArthur Center, Double Down on Downtown’s Wins", was learning that NRHA has such a huge trove of historic photographs. https://nrha.photoshelter.com/gallery-list
  8. After looking at EJ Lewis' photo of Main Street, I wondered what part of Main Street is shown. I found this photo of the Victoria Hotel on the Chrysler Museum website. https://chrysler.emuseum.com/objects/20165/victoria-hotel-east-main-street-september-3-1960. The website says the picture was taken looking east toward Church Street on Main Street from Commercial Place. If that is true, then the buildings shown in EJ's photo are now the BB&T Building and the Plume Lane Parking Garage.
  9. The Tides are scheduled to play only 60 home games in 2021. What is the tie-in for the other 80 percent of the year?
  10. Last June, there was some similar discussion about what to call this area - Midtown, Atlantic City , Fort Norfolk. Someone even suggested SoCo for South Colley. Look in the River Tower thread, towards the end of Page 13.
  11. On 4/`6/2021 at 01:40 PM, EJ_LEWIS said: Yes I agree that many building demolished in this period were fine. Even though many of the pre-1960s office buildings were structurally sound, it was often not economically feasible to continue to use them as office buildings. One big problem would have been air conditioning. I am not talking about the initial cost of the A/C equipment since the equipment would have been required for new construction as well as remodeling. The buildings were not insulated adequately for air conditioning, but that could be resolved by added insulation on the inside of the exterior walls and giving up a few square feet of floor area. The big problem was the ceiling heights were too low. There was not enough headroom to add air conditioning ductwork and modern lighting and hide it all with a new suspended ceiling. There was no feasible way to mitigate that problem. Another problem would have been the column layout. The construction materials and methods used back then limited column spacing to 20 to 25 feet. That was okay when everyone had individual offices, but as businesses transitioned into open offices and cubicle farms, the tenants demanded open, column-free office spaces. The older buildings could not compete.
  12. Dr. Chip Filer, the Norfolk City Manager, and Ronald Jackson, the Executive Director of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, addressed the inquiries and the BET program in Sunday's Virginia Pilot. You can disagree with what they are saying, but I don't think you can claim they are ignoring the residents or hiding from them. http://digitaledition.pilotonline.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=45f8a1a6-f763-4166-93ab-643331ddc764
  13. I have to go with Baobabs on this one. Looking at it in the context of the 1980s when MacArthur was developed, it was the right call. Yes, downtown would have developed without the mall, but when? The mall site was cleared as part of the demolition frenzy of the 1960s. For over 20 years, it was a vacant 17-acre parking lot. Yes, there was a street grid, but the streets only served to separate the parking lot in one block from the parking lot on the next. The city and NRHA tried to interest developers to develop the site, either as one megaproject for the entire 17 acres, or as individual projects. There was some interest, but nothing ever progressed enough to put a shovel in the ground. Then Taubmann came to town and said they would build an upscale shopping mall and put those 17 acres back on the tax rolls. It was hard to argue “downtown will develop on its own without the mall” after 20+years of frustration.
  14. The land near the ground surface cannot support a high-rise building. All of the major high-rise buildings downtown are supported on piles. They piles are about 80 feet deep, and bear on a rock strata called the Yorktown formation. The Yorktown formation is probably capable of supporting a high-rise hotel tower.
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