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  1. Arctic_Tern

    ODU Development

    Nah, what's there right now where it will be located is currently parking lots and a stormwater area. The sidewalk abutting the brick is what is/was Elkhorn. Since the only thing that will be accessable through Elkhorn will be the cafeteria, I imagine it will only be used for utilitiy purposes.
  2. Anyone have any idea what's going on with this project? Just walked by last night, and it looked like there was no progress at all. Right now it looks like the interior is gutted in both buildings but that's about it. Marriott's website says this is supposed to open in August of this year, but it doesn't seem like it'll be ready by then.
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    Norfolk Stores and Retail and Resturants

    I just went on a walk of downtown last night. That whole block has a bunch of newly opened or opening soon eateries (and they aren't all bars even!). Also, that Moe's might just be the nicest Moe's I've ever seen. It takes up 2 floors, has gigantic windows, with intricate crown molding on the ceiling and pillars.
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    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    The West Norfolk route study reccommended "No Option" when it came to what route to potentiall pursue on the west side of Norfolk (Ghent, ODU, Navy Base Gates on Hampton BLVD). I would be surprised if we get light rail tracks over there within the next decade and a half. Expect for the city to push for rail lines to go through Military Circle, Janaf, and Wards Corner instead (terminus would be the east side of the Navy Base). I personally feel like this is an entirely misguided view, and that if the city wants the light rail to be successful it needs to go to Ghent, ODU, and Hampton BLVD. But that is not the direction the city wants to go.
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    Norfolk Pictures

    They've got another stage by the piers. I would assume this means no multi-stage concerts, for the summer at least.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    If you look at the properties section of these images, I think you can find the year it was rendered: URL: So it looks like these were made in 2014.
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    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    I think 21st would be receptive to LRT. A lot of those businesses have private lots, so light rail would probably bring more customers without driving away too many. I could see a line go up Monticello, take a left at 21st, take a right onto Colley, left on 45th, and right onto Hampton all the way to the base. Around 7.5 miles. Potential stops could be: NEON district, Monticello and 21st (with all the apartment complexes), 21st and Manteo (close enough to Colley to be the Historic Ghent stop), Colley and 35th, 45th and Monarch Way/Hampton (ODU stop), Larchmont, Joint Forces Staff College/NIT, NOB.
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    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    Other than the airport and navy base, where do people actually want to go on the Eastside right now? Are these the type of people that want to take LRT to get to these places, and if LRT does go to these places, is it better than the alternative? The tide has a problem in that it's got a bunch of TOD, and few current destination stops, and they're generally clustered in downtown. On the Eastside, I see those two spots, and potential TOD. Westside alignment gives people places that they actually want to go. It gets actual riders. It gives people a valid alternative to three places that people hate to park at (Ghent/ODU/Base). Depending on the line route, it adds to the TOD value of the Fort Norfolk, and other stops. I love the idea of the Tide, but if you don't give people destinations people aren't going to ride it and it loses its effectiveness as a tool for economic growth. The health of the system is better if we go with the Westside route over the Eastside, in my opinion.
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    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    Can't say I agree with Mr. Pascale. Denver airport serviced 5 million people this past May. ( 2017 Management Monthly Flydenver.pdf) ORF serviced 300,000. ( The comparison just isn't apt. ORF cannot produce enough riders per day to make an extension there anything but an incentive to try and bring more airlines/flights to ORF. The westside expansion would do a lot more for the day to day ridership.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I very much dislike that Greyhound station. It's a run-down building and is one of the first things people see in the arts district. Bleh. I hope they tear it down and turn it into an anything else. I agree that it's a gateway property and as such should present the NEON district in a much better light. What it should be I don't know. I personally would consider NEON to be a part of "downtown", but I don't think you'll ever see any towers there anytime soon. What will probably happen is when we do see new construction it will be of buildings around 3-5 stories in size. If you haven't been there recently, they've been competing demolition of an old building on the site of a new apartment complex. I think it's been discussed on here before. EDIT: Can't confirm it's the apartments being made, but that's what makes sense given the location and its history.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Didn't go to the Main, walked through Waterside for a hot second though on Friday and Saturday. Place was packed with people. Overheard a few of the security folks talking about liking Grain though.
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    Norfolk Pictures

    What business is in that first picture @vdogg?
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    Norfolk Stores and Retail and Resturants

    I think it's a very good idea. Not all that go through it will be successful, but having a place to start seems like it could be super beneficial to local small businesses.
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    Columbus Village at Town Center (Proposed)

    Along with the lack of height, one of the other things I don't really care for about this proposal is that it makes one big L-shaped superblock comprising of the City Hall, Apartment and Parking Garage/Hotel buildings and cuts off Columbus Street. Shouldn't VB be trying to do the opposite? Town Center's blocks are already pretty big, I personally feel like they should be trying to get smaller ones planned.
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    Waterside District

    What we're missing out on is not the size and scale of a large brewery, but the opportunity to have a smaller experimental system where you'd get strange/weird brews for the testing grounds. If one of these experimental brews worked and became part of Starr Hill's permanent line-up, I bet you either the name of the brew or the packaging would in some way reference Norfolk. Starr Hill, from my experience, has a better distribution network up in NoVA and further north than a lot of our local brewers, so having beers from NFK distributed by them helps get our name out there. Now, this isn't to say Norfolk doesn't have any experimental breweries (in fact, small-batch brewing is the mission of the soon-to-open Bearded Bird Brewing Co), or doesn't have good distribution (O'Connors in particular is starting to crack its way up north). But I do think having it as an actual brewery would be better for the city and for Waterside, and what it is now is a disappointing decrease in scale.