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  1. The discussion started with the news that Norfolk is creating more parking in OV for BEACH parking which is a positive development as the area continues to develop a lot and Norfolk has committed to maintaining and improving access to the beach for ALL residents and visitors. And yes, DT Norfolk costs to park in and they could learn a thing or two from VB TC about offering more free options to visitors to make it more business friendly. Can you admit the same about parking at the oceanfront? I bet I know the answer given how this interaction started and has continued on.
  2. Norfolk has free beach parking in big surface lots year-round, Virginia Beach does not. That's what they can learn from Norfolk. Changing the subject to DT NFK and TC is weird considering it was clearly a discussion about beach parking. By the way, MacArthur offers free parking during the holidays and you can get your parking validated inside the mall for free parking year-round.
  3. I'm not about to get in an argument with someone who doesn't live here full time. The lots get a lot of use in the summer and it's nice to see them expanding the amount of free parking as they allow more and more new development in OV. VB could learn a lesson or two there.
  4. Not sure why you would call it underused. Those OV parking lots are packed in summer.
  5. Thanks for sharing your photos. I feel like an jackass saying this in response to your work but the main thing those photos remind of is I wish we would just bury our power lines. They are such an eyesore.
  6. And none of the pictures are coming through for me.
  7. Retail will follow the people. Need the demographics to prove it's a good risk and would imagine it will follow the re-development. Take ODU for an example. It took three massive apartment (2 completed, 1 planned) complexes being developed, not to mention all the apartment redevelopment in Highland Park, before they had a committed grocer to agree to build on campus. And that has been one of their goals for 20 years.
  8. The design for block 6 is scheduled to be presented to the ARB on Nov. 14th. There are a lot more renderings at the provided link: http://norfolkcityva.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2125&Inline=True
  9. I know it's tempting to jump to conclusions about crime in a brief period but I would suggest taking a step back and look at the full picture. We have a major displacement of people occurring near downtown with the St Pauls re-development, the eviction moratorium ending, and the rise of homelessness due to Covid shutdowns. You can blame the police if you want, but they didn't displace those residents or take away those jobs. Socio-economic factors and a loss of community arguably have a bigger impact on crime than anything a police department can or cannot do. Further, I would ask you to take a step back and look at the larger picture of the homicide and crime rates over time. We had seen a major drop in both consistently over the years from the early 90s and an increase was bound to happen at some point.
  10. ODU continuing to expand in VB. This time at Town Center.
  11. Spirit Airlines will begin making flights out of ORF next March to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/spirit-airlines-coming-to-norfolk-international-airport/
  12. They asked the wrong politicians. Jason Miyares introduced the bill. Lynwood Lewis was involved as well. Now the Pilot needs to find out who was assigned to the authority and ask them what they think and if they have been involved with this project at all. https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB787&201+sum+SB787
  13. VB, Chesapeake and Norfolk came together in 2020 to create the Hampton Roads Regional Arena Authority. Military Circle was listed as one of the possible sites. https://www.wavy.com/news/top-stories/va-house-passes-hampton-roads-regional-arena-bill/
  14. ODU's capital construction projects page has been updated with two new projects. First is the Public Safety building, which will be a $4.5 million renovation of the ODU Inn. Second is a 48th Street Renovation which includes making it a paved walkway. https://www.odu.edu/facilities/construction/capital-projects
  15. We have some updated renderings of this mixed-use development on the City Planning Agenda for Oct. 27th. There are more renderings on the Agenda at the attached link. The agenda item is as follows: ODU REAL ESTATE FOUNDATION, for a change of zoning from C-C (Community – Commercial) to UV (University Village) at 1056, 1064, 1070, 1080 W 39th Street, N S W 39th Street (GPIN: 1428672669, 1428672647, and 1428670645), 1035- 1089, W 40th Street, 1041-1083 W 41st Street, and 3912, 4000, 4024 Hampton Boulevard. The purpose of this request is to allow a mixed-use development with 357 multi-family dwelling units. Staff contact: Susan Pollock at (757) 664-4765, [email protected] http://norfolkcityva.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2082&Inline=True
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