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  1. I serve on the Architectural Review Board. We voted to demolish the building. We expect the ARB to take up the design of the project at our next meeting on March 9.
  2. Planning Commissioner here. Most, if not all, of the Planning Commission is not in favor of this project in its current form. Our objections are similar to what many on this forum have expressed, i.e. the suburban nature of the project. The power rests with City Council and this project is still alive and being pushed by the developer and some on City Council. Please take some time to write emails to City Council members expressing your concerns. Their email addresses are on the City's website at http://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=533 Thanks!
  3. Member of the Planning Commission here. We have not made a recommendation at all on Food Trucks, yet. Planning Department staff are the ones making the recommendations that you see in the newspaper. Staff will make a recommendation to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets this Thursday to discuss and vote on the proposed regulations for food trucks. We would love to see you and hear from you at the meeting. The meeting is at 6pm on the 10th floor of City Hall.
  4. I was able to get Mayor Fraim's opinion on this and I tend to agree with him. He preferred that we stay with the Mets and his reasoning was marketing. Apparently during Mets games they do an update on how the farm teams are doing and mention Norfolk quite often. Combining the Tides affiliation with New York and the Admirals affiliation with Chicago, Norfolk was getting its name mentioned in stadiums and newspapers in two of the country's largest metropolitan areas. If the Tides do align with a team other than the Mets, I don't think it will be the end of the world. As far as attendance and support for the Tides locally, I don't plan on seeing much of a change. Harbor Park really is a gem and it is still the best place to catch professional sports in this area.
  5. They are applying for their special use permit from the city. You can see the full document here: Link It lists the proponents as: Thomas Retnaver Hiren Patel
  6. Seven's will include: Basement: 2700sq feet, bar area, 25 seats for patrons First floor: 2600sq feet, small bar, 42 seats for patrons Second floor: 2700sq feet, pool table, 540sq foot dance floor Third floor: 2700sq feet, 541sq foot dance floor, VIP lounge with 18 seats Total capacity = 325 people. DJ's and live bands will be allowed. This is the location:
  7. Actually the company that originally partnered with ODU to build the maglev first approached Virginia Tech about building the maglev in blacksburg. Tech turned them down because they didn't believe that a maglev would fit in with the more rural blacksburg campus.
  8. From what I have heard, the hotel sale goes through this fall and the hotel is still scheduled for renovations beginning in november. As a side note, I stayed in the Sheraton on harborfest weekend and I was dissapointed with the shape of the rooms. The rugs were stained and fraying at the seams, the ceilings had multiple patches, and every balcony door has been screwed shut. Some of those upper floor balcony suites are listed at over $400 per night and they don't even get to use their balcony! I'd say some changes are in order at the Sheraton.
  9. I found this website today and it is a pretty excellent description of the light rail project. http://www.geocities.com/greg_vassilakos/n...norfolk_lrt.htm
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    Norfolk Pictures

    Those pictures don't do Harbor's Edge justice. I think that building has turned into one of the best looking buildings in Norfolk.
  11. Something will happen soon with the library. Remember, the city is on board with the light rail and for light rail to be installed, that building has to come down.
  12. I agree. "The Greater <insert any Hampton Roads City name here> area" would be more effective as a regional moniker than "Hampton Roads". People around the country do not identify Hampton Roads as a place because our own residents dont identify it as a place. When Hampton Roads residents travel outside of the area they do not introduce themselves as being from "Hampton Roads". And the family members that Hampton Roads citizens go on vacation to visit don't tell their friends that they have cousins who live in "Hampton Roads". Instead, they tell their friends that they have relatives from <insert Hampton Roads city name here>. And word of mouth is the best advertising you can get. No one says "I am going on vacation in Hampton Roads" or "Remember beach week in Hampton Roads" or "lets go partying on Granby Street in Hampton Roads." So yes, "Hampton Roads" is a great compromise for residents within our area so we don't have to fight over whether we should be called Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, etc. But the compromise hurts us in the long run. We are a place with too many names.
  13. From the Supplement to the Mayor's State of the City address: I am sorry that it came out so blurry.
  14. From the Supplement to the Mayor's State of the City address:
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