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  1. vdogg

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I have made a minor adjustment. I’ve unpinned all the general discussion threads, including the light rail thread. I will only pin major project threads (those encompassing buildings 10-stories or higher or mid-rise projects that span several city blocks). I will keep the off-topic thread pinned so it’s easy to find. This should streamline things a bit and make it easier to find projects of interest.
  2. vdogg

    American Cigar Company Garden Apartments

    This was on the January 7th design review docket. Renderings included in packet. https://www.norfolk.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/4683?fileID=9374
  3. vdogg

    Norfolk Gateway

    You will get a colonial brick building and you’ll like it too!
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    African Art Museum

    This would be a good project for the St. Paul’s lot. And don’t worry, this won’t pass design review as is.
  5. vdogg

    African Art Museum

    https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/african-arts-museum-and-26-story-hotel-could-come-to-downtown-norfolk-near-harbor-park/1707620766 This article has a bit more detail on the scope of the project and where the financing will come from.
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    Casino in Norfolk

    Vegas has hundreds. Two won’t break the bank, and if they work together, the casinos can be designed to compliment each other instead of compete. Dedicated ferry service between casinos with events scheduled at each could really make the area take off. Again, I don’t want us to turn into Atlantic City, but 2 can easily be done.
  7. vdogg

    Portsmouth Casino

    https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/pamunkey-tribe-says-it-s-willing-to-jumpstart-norfolk-casino/article_515848ad-bb18-5b81-aa19-1b60a1acaa5e.html “Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian Tribe said Tuesday that it’s willing to fast-track its planned casino in Norfolk by opening it under commercial gambling laws instead of waiting on federal approvals for a tribal casino... The tribe is modifying its plans in an attempt to be involved in current General Assembly deliberations about possible casinos in Bristol, Danville and Portsmouth. The federal process for a tribal casino could take years, raising the possibility that the tribe’s project wouldn’t be ready to proceed until after other casinos are up and running. At a news conference Monday, Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, a sponsor of the commercial casino legislation, said she saw no reason Hampton Roads couldn’t have multiple casinos. “There’s room at the table for everybody,” Lucas said.” Is that regionalism I smell? Now this is what I’m talking about! Let’s work together on this and the whole area will benefit. There seems to be a slow but palpable shift towards more cooperation amongst the area councils. I think getting the HRBT approved really opened area leader’s eyes to what they can accomplish when they work together. I am cautiously optimistic.
  8. vdogg

    Casino in Norfolk

    https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/pamunkey-tribe-says-it-s-willing-to-jumpstart-norfolk-casino/article_515848ad-bb18-5b81-aa19-1b60a1acaa5e.html “Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian Tribe said Tuesday that it’s willing to fast-track its planned casino in Norfolk by opening it under commercial gambling laws instead of waiting on federal approvals for a tribal casino... The tribe is modifying its plans in an attempt to be involved in current General Assembly deliberations about possible casinos in Bristol, Danville and Portsmouth. The federal process for a tribal casino could take years, raising the possibility that the tribe’s project wouldn’t be ready to proceed until after other casinos are up and running. At a news conference Monday, Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, a sponsor of the commercial casino legislation, said she saw no reason Hampton Roads couldn’t have multiple casinos. “There’s room at the table for everybody,” Lucas said.” Is that regionalism I smell? Now this is what I’m talking about! Let’s work together on this and the whole area will benefit. There seems to be a slow but palpable shift towards more cooperation amongst the area councils. I think getting the HRBT approved really opened area leader’s eyes to what they can accomplish when they work together. I am cautiously optimistic.
  9. vdogg

    Norfolk Gateway

    I should’ve realized it earlier, but the “State of the City” is in the next 60 days. I bet you anything that the tenant will be announced then.
  10. vdogg

    Norfolk Gateway

    I'm honestly most excited about this one because it will have a stunning presence on the freeway coming from Portsmouth into Norfolk.
  11. vdogg

    Norfolk Gateway

    I will be closely watching the design review docket. I doubt they will hit their original 2020 schedule, but 2021 seems doable. Must be a pretty major tenant to anchor that building. Perhaps a replacement fortune 500 or a large shipping company.
  12. vdogg

    Norfolk Development 2

    Good news on CHKD. Could it be that Norfolk is finally going to overcome it’s building boom curse, and we might finally get some of these buildings off of paper and into reality? I often visit DC, and I’ve always been jealous of all the construction cranes and buildings that seem to always be rising from the ground. I’ve been visiting DC regularly for about 20 years now, and there’s always been something major under construction when I went. It’ll be nice to see some of that down here for a change.
  13. vdogg

    Norfolk Development 2

    On the casino issue my gut tells me that Portsmouth is far closer to making this happen than Norfolk is. They have the momentum and bipartisan political support. I think they’ll win this one, which I don’t mind, they deserve a win. Plus, a 600 room hotel will likely bring a new tallest.
  14. vdogg

    Norfolk Development 2

    So you’re just gonna gloss over Gateway Tower as though that’s not the headline news... And at 22 floors that’s been increased from 20. Mind making an additional post in the Gateway thread so we can discuss it there? Not sure what to make of the River Tower news. Well established developer with preleasing goal met should be a slam dunk. That’s disappointing. Any color you can add to that?
  15. vdogg

    Portsmouth Casino

    The lady from the religious group who tried to say that Chesapeake and Suffolk should have a say in whether Portsmouth has a casino because they’re so close really got on my last nerve. No, just, No. Portsmouth can handle themselves. Chesapeake and Suffolk do not get veto power over what Portsmouth does, that’s not how cities work. If you don’t like what’s going on in Portsmouth then stay the @#$*%! out of Portsmouth and mind your business. Wish I could remember which of the several videos that was but wow, that got my blood boiling.