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i was hoping for some better looking spanish steps, but that hope because of the rendering of them above has now faded.  if it rises at least 100ft. then its a highrise.  it will definitely add to the skyline.  think about how it will look going down 264 east at witchduck.

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I really like the design of this building. Fits well at pedestrian level to the streets/foot traffic around it. I wouldn't mind seeing some design like this in DT Norfolk tbh.

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Looking at the renderings again and getting a better idea of where this building is going, it definitely needs a little more height IMO. Maybe raise it to 12-15 stories. By my count, the Cosmopolitan is 14 stories, including retail, so I think it should be closer to that.

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I think the name of this theater is quite funny in that my favorite band is called Dream Theater!  hahaha.  They are named after a now closed theater in California...though they are from Long Island.  :/

Does anybody else know who they are?

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This project received a preliminary positive vote of 9-2 tonight by city council. I know the final vote for the arena is next Tuesday, so I'm assuming the final vote for this will be held at the same meeting.

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It's progressing. They're still ironing out some final details but construction is slated to begin in June.

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According to southsidedaily.com the block 9 development has been green lighted. This looks like a great mixed use development encompassing residential, retail, entertainment, and public art and greenspace. Kudos to VB City Council on this one!

http://southsidedaily.com/2016/05/18/votes-send-nine-story-town-center-development-on-to-construction/

 

 

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20 hours ago, Virginia City said:

Looks really good but i wish it was taller.

I agree, the design of the building would actually look even better if it was 12-18 stories tall.

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On 10/4/2016 at 11:21 PM, metalman said:

 Deep breath-

"Zeider's American Dream Theater and Cabaret lounge public plaza retail restaurants and trendy apartments with a cool pedestrian bridge"

Block 9 it is. :lol: Think I'll just call it "Block 9 Progress"

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Nevermind. Despite what appears to be a media blackout...so far, I was able to find a video of the groundbreaking ceremony. I don't know how to link it here. It's on Facebook. 
 
In any event, there is nothing to report. For contrary to last week's news reports indicating that A/H would be announcing tenants at groundbreaking, Mr. Lou Haddad failed to do so. 

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Inside Business says the tenants apparently asked Armada Hoffler to hold off on the announcement.

Two “well-known, upscale tenants" were to be announced during the groundbreaking ceremony, Armada Hoffler said in a news release earlier this month. But the new retailers that will occupy space in this new mixed-use development asked to hold off on announcing their store openings, Armada Hoffler said Monday.

http://pilotonline.com/inside-business/news/commercial-real-estate/newest-town-center-project-breaks-ground/article_04ac9d43-9940-5b00-8182-ca9583e8024b.html

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Has anyone heard anything more about the retailer/restaurant list for Block 9...or been by to see how things are looking?  Even though it's not a skyscraper, this project is significant in terms of massing, new-to-market retail and overall $$ investment. Plus I think the architecture is refreshing for this area.

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