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  1. gosscj

    Granby Tower

    Norfolk says work on Granby Tower will resume This article is more or less a repeat of what Fraim said about the project, but there are some other good quotes as well.
  2. I would be very disappointed if this is what we get. I'm still a fan of the old Hilton design. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what we get when a new rendering is made public. I was hoping we'd get something out of Fraim's State of the City address.
  3. Builder plans office and retail complex in Ghent Cooper Realty of Norfolk plans to build a $30 million office and retail complex in one of the city's most popular and historic neighborhoods, officials announced Friday. The project will be developed on a 5-acre parcel at the west end of 21st Street in Ghent, Mayor Paul Fraim said during his State of the City address. The project, to be called Ghent Station, will be anchored by a five-story office building and will have three one-story buildings of retail space, all built around a public promenade.
  4. Great going, Norfolk! Can't wait to hear more!
  5. gosscj

    Granby Tower

    Or like putting a balloon inside a bottle so that you can still blow it up some, but only a little because of the bottle.
  6. I agree, vdogg, it's too vague to make a judgment. If this were done right, it could be an excellent design. However, I have my doubts. With Portsmouth's financial situation it would seem extravagant if they built their new courthouse in brick and stone. They'll probably go with the least expensive materials, and they're perfectly justified in doing so. There are good arguments for building a courthouse as a public monument, and there are good arguments to be made on the side of fiscal responsibility in hard times as well. As a person who is happy to call Portsmouth home no matter where I live, I sorta hope they'll build a great courthouse. But if not, I'd understand.
  7. Not just the facades of those other buildings though. I'm pretty certain the current tenants of the Granby St buildings (Emerson's, American Rover, etc) will remain. I assume, then, that the Decker facade will be reconstructed adjacent to the row of buildings that currently fronts Granby St on that block?
  8. Saving the face of local history in Norfolk This is an incredibly interesting article about the dismantling of the Decker Building facade. Evidently, it will be reconstructed in about 18 months - I wasn't sure if we knew the time-frame yet. Also, will it be incorporated into the Hilton or part of another structure?
  9. Norfolk plans premiere park for Town Point
  10. I agree, here in Philadelphia you can barely tell you're entering the main gay district except for a few gay bars and the rainbows the city council recently installed over all the street signs in the area. They're neat, I admit, but it's another sign of the neighborhood losing its former ("real") identity and becoming just a spot for tourists to hike through. As to your point about the continuing problem of homophobia, you're spot-on. It's just not as overt as it used to be. I used to think there were promising signs, and sometimes I still do, but I'm far less certain. (Imagine they're both the same gender, doesn't matter which.)
  11. That is a real loss for the city. I feel like they were probably holding onto that space in anticipation of the much-spoken-of development north of Brambleton (which will probably be a while, as thing stand today). I saw some great local art at the JAC - and hung a few things myself. It's said to see it go.
  12. It was in today's Times, burt. Here you go: Famous Mayor Under Fire in Virginia
  13. Henry Ryto, just curious: What do you think are the odds of these options happening and what do you think about the time-frame? I'm especially curious about your #3. Am I remembering correctly that you are personally involved with the planning at HRT?
  14. gosscj

    Granby Tower

    What baffles me is that so much money has already been pumped into this project. How could any developer, at this point, look at the situation and say the best option is to quit now with all this built up debt? Is there really nobody willing to invest in this kind of development?
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