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  1. Hooray! I am bummed that this isn't going in at the Oceanfront or Town Center though. Seems like a pretty out of the way spot.
  2. I'm really glad to see that this project is based around an outdoor promenade. The earlier developer's renderings suggested one big building – which sounds a lot like Waterside. If the mix of businesses is right, this place has the potential to be really nice. There are some DC area developments like this that work quite well. A lot of the Pilot commentors are being childish about the bowling alley concept, but the one in DC's Chinatown (Lucky Strike I think?) was always full – and that's with really expensive drinks.
  3. It's a bummer that we'll have to wait longer, but I sort of understand it. There is a presumably 200-500 million dollar investment going into a space this large, and not a ton of precedents to study like arenas/stadiums. It's good to hear that the creative part of it is done. Progress!
  4. Peterson got another year extension to conduct economic viability studies. Some details in this article though: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/06/va-beach-dome-site-developer-gets-oneyear-extension-project The company envisions building a complex with a theater, upscale bowling, performance venues, exhibit halls, restaurants and stores, built around an open-air plaza, he said. It would feature a parking garage with at least 1,500 spaces.
  5. Thanks for the replies. I think BFG nailed it when you say " there's still something missing, and I can't pinpoint what it is." I guess that is the crux of what I'm asking. Things I'd love to see: Better restaurants, even if they are national chains – Aside from a few standbys (Waterman's, Mahi Mahs, Catch 31, Doc Taylors) there are a ton of lowest common denominator joints with subpar food, atmosphere, and high prices. While I'd rather see cool local restaurants, I think well placed national chains could really improve the area. How about a Morton's Steakhouse, Mellow Mushroom, or a shoot, even a Cheesecake Factory? BW3 and Starbucks on Laskin are the only chains I can think of down there. Shopping, and not just sunscreen and tshirts – Atlantic, even a stretch of it, should be Virginia Beach's Rodeo Drive. We need a mix of cool local boutiques, as well as national brands. There's a huge Quiksilver/Roxy store in Times Square, we should have one here. There are cool local places like Dobson's on Laskin, why isn't a spot like that on Atlantic? Regulated Visual Standards – A lot of my problem with the Oceanfront is that it looks tacky, or worse yet – uncared for. Stores with sun-faded signage in the windows, cheap vinyl signs, etc. I'm not expecting VB to become Charleston, Savannah, or Cape May, but we could stand a healthy dose of charm. Like them or not, the Goldkey development around Laskin is doing a good job of this. Cool, higher end shops and restaurants that don't look so dingy. Does the city have anyway to enforce design guidelines for businesses? Big trees, and more of them – The little wimpy head high whatever they are trees on the strip aren't cutting it. Live oaks, cold hardy-palmettos, whatever. It makes the streets look better.
  6. I'll preface this by saying I love Virginia Beach + Norfolk. There is such a great mix of urban, historic, modern, rural, and so much access to the water. It's a really fun place to live, work and play. I've noticed however, that a portion of the residents in Hampton Roads really have a disdain for the oceanfront, which is one of the area's notable spaces. Many people on Pilot articles are quick to proclaim how they "never visit the oceanfront" or would "rather drive to the Outer Banks." I often wonder what the area would be like if some of the shopping in Hilltop was up and down Atlantic Ave, or what the revitalization of 17th street with the arena and arts district will make the area look like in a few years. Lots of other cities have a tourist area that is pretty intermingled with residential and commercial areas. Locals and tourists living together in harmony. I'd love to approach the city with some ideas, or at least find someone to talk to about the vision for a more integrated district. if more residents spend time at the oceanfront on a regular basis, a better or more diverse quality of business will open, maybe we'll even see some mixed-use businesses relocating to get closer to the action. My question is: what would you do to make the oceanfront more desirable to residents and tourists alike?
  7. I rode my bike by on Memorial Day. The tower is all gone. Looks like they're going to incorporate the entryway to the beach club with the domed roof, but everything else is rubble.
  8. That would be amazing. That KMart is a dump and doesn't get a ton of traffic with the Target across the street. I feel like that parking lot is never full.
  9. Looks pretty nice. It will be right next to the new shops/restaurant complex behind the pier between 15th and 16th too. Hopefully the south end of the strip will start to see some redevelopment. Can someone bulldoze the clubs at the end of 17th street please?
  10. Article about officially recognizing the area and providing tax credits to qualified businesses in the Pilot today: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/04/creative-way-build-community
  11. The six month extension has to be nearing it's end right? I'm hoping to hear something about this soon. http://hamptonroads.com/2014/11/developer-more-time-needed-beach-dome-project
  12. Green Flash has a lot of info on their site about their upcoming VB location – including on their homepage. They also had a big ground breaking party with the Mayor and stuff. I've got to imagine they are still on and just delayed. I certainly hope so!
  13. I think they are knocking down the "new" hotel at the beach as well as the one story beach club that is next door.
  14. I agree, these new residences are a bit more compact, but there isn't any kind of mixed use shopping or anything like that nearby. The extended stay signage and branding are a freaking tragedy of "graphic design" Ugh.
  15. Yeah those are really nice. Anything to break up all the beige tones along Atlantic. I think this is the area around 27th, I hope they can come to some agreement to buy up and redevelop the other side of Atlantic. I think it's an Econo Lodge right now.
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