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Block 9 Progress

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An interesting article about a small theater coming to Town Center. Sounds like a good fit.

http://hamptonroads.com/entertainment/766044/2015/10/designed-experimental-artistic-hub-new-theater-town-center-thinks-small

This is the type of funky, eclectic thing you'd expect to pop up in a real downtown. More of this please, both in and around Town Center. I wonder if the permanent theater is referring to plans for block 9?

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I was also thinking block 9.  Hasn't it been advertised as an "entertainment" block for some time.  There were origial plans or a movie theater and such.

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Still hoping one day an upscale movie theater is buillt. That Regal is just so small. 

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On October 30, 2015 at 10:20:05 PM, urbanvb said:

Still hoping one day an upscale movie theater is buillt. That Regal is just so small. 

It's amazing how things change. I remember back in the day Regal was considered one of the best theaters, then AMC came along and blew them out of the water. The only reason I go there now is if there is a movie playing there that isn't playing at AMC (it happens).

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On the November 17th VBDA agenda.

CLOSED SESSION

1. PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY: Discussion concerning a prospective business or industry or the expansion of an existing business or industry where no previous announcement has been made of the business’ or industry’s interest in locating or expanding its facilities in the community, pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-3711(A)(5). (Town Center) 

Something's  afoot. Wonder if this is one of the projects we mentioned up thread or something different? Announcement of a block 2 tower would be a great Christmas present. :D

 

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Wouldn't that be great for another tower to go up? I too am hoping for something good to come out of this. 

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1 hour ago, vdogg said:

On the November 17th VBDA agenda.

CLOSED SESSION

1. PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY: Discussion concerning a prospective business or industry or the expansion of an existing business or industry where no previous announcement has been made of the business’ or industry’s interest in locating or expanding its facilities in the community, pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-3711(A)(5). (Town Center) 

Ikea maybe? I've heard rumors of one coming to this area, and the company denied any plans to come here a couple years ago. The HQ lot - as much as I'd love to see that developed into more towers - is a great location.

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Or maybe this is the rumored Wegmans coming to the old HQ lot.. though this isn't in Town Center proper. :huh:

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The proposed shops and theater, which would be built under a public-private partnership with Armada Hoffler Properties, will stand several stories high and connect via a skybridge to a neighboring block, said Davenport and Councilman John Moss. Moss said that skyway would go to a parking garage and that no additional parking is planned.

"Several stories high" sounds pretty intriguing. Crossing my fingers for a design resembling the new Cavalier...

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That must be it. I'll have to break this out into a separate thread when we get more details. I especially like this quote.

"The proposed shops and theater, which would be built under a public-private partnership with Armada Hoffler Properties, will stand several stories high and connect via a skybridge to a neighboring block, said Davenport and Councilman John Moss. Moss said that skyway would go to a parking garage and that no additional parking is planned."

I mean, 100 apartments and all that stuff on the smallest block in TC means they have to stack floors. It has to be at least as tall as the Cosmo. Might hit 20, don't think we'll see any 30's out of this one though.

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It does sound very interesting and very different that anything around. I'm looking forward to some type of concept drawing for this. The article also mentions there is a waiting list for housing in the area which is good to hear. 

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"Residential tower" I'm getting excited. In that location I'm guessing 15-20. 5 floors for theater, restaurant and entertainment, 10 for the upper apartment portion. Perhaps 20 if the apartment portion grows, which it might since there's a waiting list (Westin started at 32 and grew to 38). Whatever it is I'm really hoping for something that stands out in the skyline. We need to fill the gap between the Westin and Clark Nexsen.

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14 hours ago, tallguy81" said:

http://looplink.divaris.com/xNet/Looplink/Profile/Profile.aspx?stid=/broker/divaris&LID=15888409&LL=true&UOMListing=&UOMMoneyCurrency=&RentPer=PY&SRID=6525351733

Apparently the old block 2 tower plan must be back on track because the page was updated only 23 days ago.

That one's different. This proposed building sounds like it's going on Block 9, since it will connect to the Cosmopolitan.

I'm gonna miss having that parking lot during construction...

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1 hour ago, BFG said:

That one's different. This proposed building sounds like it's going on Block 9, since it will connect to the Cosmopolitan.

I'm gonna miss having that parking lot during construction...

During construction? That lot is going away forever. We really need to get some green space in that area now for public gatherings. That "park" across the street isn't going cut it.

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I say during construction because I thought there's going to be a garage as well. But yeah, a true park would be nice, esp. with a small amphitheater setup for shows.

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8 hours ago, BFG said:

I say during construction because I thought there's going to be a garage as well. But yeah, a true park would be nice, esp. with a small amphitheater setup for shows.

No garage with this one from what I've read. That's why they have a crosswalk to the Westin garage. This one is going to be all building, which is rare in this area.

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Things are picking up! I'm excited at the prospects. So do we indeed have block 2 and block 9 being looked at? 

I was riding around TC tonight and I have never seen so many cars exiting the interstate and cars parked around Barnes and Noble. Folks were driving around looking for spaces. Maybe something was happening at the Sandler Center. At any rate, folks were around town! :D

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Out of curiosity I checked the original 2007 tower article.  The office space sqftage is the same at 350,000.  It also mention 40,000 sqftage of retail, not to mention parking garage.

   My point is, then the 80,000 sqftage figure for block 9 is retail/business.

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