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22 hours ago, BFG said:

Do we have a museum that features Norfolk's (or even HR's) history? Things like it's beginnings of a Colonial town, and how it grew over the years? A downtown/Granby exhibit would be very fascinating to me, esp. if you did before/after pictures of the area.

I know Hampton has the Hampton History Museum downtown but I haven't heard of any other city with one.

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Anyone have any contact with Buddy Gadams? (I wonder if he reads this website?) I think it is about time the old QS Building on the corner of Bank and Plume gets restored with ground level shops and apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Perfect location that could bring even more people to MacArthur Square. This building would also be a great place to put a rooftop neon billboard like they have in Roanoke. Something flashy but with a classic look where people will bring their camera's out for....


Example of what they have in Roanoke that would look great on top the QS building in Norfolk:
Roanoke_HC_web.jpg

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That reminds me of the Hotel Roosevelt in L.A. That would be pretty cool on one of the older buildings...I think the Western Auto building in Kansas City did a similar thing.

Meanwhile...the upgrades at Harbor Park have brought up rumblings of future development in that area.

http://pilotonline.com/sports/baseball/norfolk-tides/as-harbor-park-begins-th-year-its-future-may-rest/article_5b91b8f1-1aae-5838-b99a-7f08c76f6311.html

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On 4/7/2017 at 11:06 AM, zeppelin14 said:

Anyone have any contact with Buddy Gadams? (I wonder if he reads this website?) I think it is about time the old QS Building on the corner of Bank and Plume gets restored with ground level shops and apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Perfect location that could bring even more people to MacArthur Square. This building would also be a great place to put a rooftop neon billboard like they have in Roanoke. Something flashy but with a classic look where people will bring their camera's out for....


Example of what they have in Roanoke that would look great on top the QS building in Norfolk:
Roanoke_HC_web.jpg

Apparently signs like this aren't allowed in most of Norfolk, according to the Pilot.

http://pilotonline.com/business/biz-buzz/coming-soon--foot-letters-for-sign-going-up-on/article_6db996a6-f0a5-5397-9deb-dafd5294ecf5.html

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http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/from-state-delegate-to-city-attorney-letters-of-support-pour/article_c4cc9698-eb45-561a-b1a7-29e2cd590afa.html

I have been critical of Burfoot and his shady dealings and I'm glad he was eventually caught, but 17 years seems a bit much for the crimes committed. There are people who've done far worse and received far less. I hope this gets dropped down at sentencing. I'd settle for probation and a permanent ban from holding public office honestly.

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On 4/11/2017 at 2:09 PM, vdogg said:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/from-state-delegate-to-city-attorney-letters-of-support-pour/article_c4cc9698-eb45-561a-b1a7-29e2cd590afa.html

I have been critical of Burfoot and his shady dealings and I'm glad he was eventually caught, but 17 years seems a bit much for the crimes committed. There are people who've done far worse and received far less. I hope this gets dropped down at sentencing. I'd settle for probation and a permanent ban from holding public office honestly.

Any sentence that doesn't include jailtime will be seen as him getting off scott-free. Probation is seen as a slap on the wrist, as it essentially IS a slap on the wrist. As for a permanent ban from holding office, i don't think the Virginia courts can do that. The General Assembly would have to do that, and with that lot, i''m sure they haven't banned convicted felons from holding office.

 

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People will bear all sorts of inclement weather to get a drink. :lol: This wine festival has downtown busy as hell today. This has been a good few days for Norfolk.

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I learned a long time ago to do the Sunday Wine Fest, when the lines are shorter. :P I imagine it will still be pretty busy downtown with everything being open now...

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I was there and Downtown was very lively and even with the weather the wine fest was fun as usual.  My partner always comments on how clean Downtown Norfolk is.  I tell them that is a result of the Business Improvement District (BID) and years of planning on the part of the city.  Downtown looked great and it seems Norfolk is finally getting close to its full potential.

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Even though VB has the population advantage, to say it's a suburb of Norfolk does seem more accurate, no matter how much that would anger a VB resident to hear. :P

Great to see this area getting more and more publicity. It's becoming a hidden gem, and downtown's rebirth is helping. However, I noticed the article said 4,400 people live downtown. That's gotta be an old number? I thought we reached 6,000 in the last year, with that number growing when the Icon opens?

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As of current count there are 6600 people living downtown. That article was way off.

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2 hours ago, vdogg said:

As of current count there are 6600 people living downtown. That article was way off.

Somebody really needs to get a grocery store back into the ground floor space at Harbor Heights.

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I agree with the grocery store... I used to live in West Freemason and it was nice to be able to walk to it. However, it was way overpriced. Ideally, an urban Target with a grocery section would be awesome for downtown in my opinion.

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32 minutes ago, zeppelin14 said:

I agree with the grocery store... I used to live in West Freemason and it was nice to be able to walk to it. However, it was way overpriced. Ideally, an urban Target with a grocery section would be awesome for downtown in my opinion.

If downtown Norfolk's population is now 6,600, with all of the housing units soon to come online it will soon top 7,500. There needs to be a walkable grocery store for this population, and it needs to have pricing which is in line with what is available in Ghent.

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Grocery store is badly needed.  When we walked from Downtown over to Ghent a young gentleman asked for directions to Harris Teeter and I told him I thought it was over on Colonial Ave.  The young man said he walked from the Residence Inn looking for the grocery store.  I think maybe the market is ripe for a scaled down urban type of grocery store like Trader Joe's or Wholefoods.

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2 hours ago, NFKjeff said:

If downtown Norfolk's population is now 6,600, with all of the housing units soon to come online it will soon top 7,500. There needs to be a walkable grocery store for this population, and it needs to have pricing which is in line with what is available in Ghent.

Perhaps a grocery store with a butcher-shop that would supply cuts of meat to local citizens and restaurants. They could carve a need for that now.

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Not sure if we had a thread for this, but this is just shameful IMO.

 

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/columnist/roger-chesley/norfolk-cigar-factory-s-demolition-is-the-best-solution-to/article_616190a3-0507-5307-ac78-cccb73c16293.html

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No more false promises the building’s shell will become the centerpiece of a 155-unit apartment complex.

When you look at old pictures of Norfolk, its a shame what the city has destroyed. This building was actually  on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, the city should make it a point to persevere this building, even in that condition IMO. How many times have you visited other cities were they have re-purposed old structures into very nice businesses and living spaces. They have done it in recent years with a few buildings, but this task should have been taking on decades ago. With the right apt pricing, that building could have done a lot for that section of town.

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I forget where I read the article, but ideally they're looking for around 10,000 to support an actual grocery store. We have a ways to go. I think a scaled down concept may work, but it's going to take a lot to convince grocery retailers to take a chance on downtown again.

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I don't think we see 10,000 until they start on SPQ, Fort Norfolk or the area near Harbor Park, and all of those are about 5 years away IMO.

I get the reservations, but it is a little unfair to send people to Harris Teeter, if they want something within walking distance. Hopefully they change their minds on that one. 

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With Lidl making a big push into the US (and Hampton Roads) would be nice for them to give downtown a go. Somebody send somebody an e-mail.

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23 hours ago, zeppelin14 said:

I agree with the grocery store... I used to live in West Freemason and it was nice to be able to walk to it. However, it was way overpriced. Ideally, an urban Target with a grocery section would be awesome for downtown in my opinion.

Amazon Prime Now probably has an affect on putting an grocery store down there now. We would need to almost double the amount of people living DT

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Seems like the apartment boom might not be slowing down anytime soon.

http://pilotonline.com/inside-business/news/commercial-real-estate/favorable-business-climate-leads-to-gains-for-virginia-s-real/article_96bebe43-89e6-5a6b-bdc6-1902d83fae68.html

"Virginia’s residential real estate market saw substantial gains in the first quarter of 2017. During the first three months of the year, 22,859 residential transactions closed. That’s a 7.8 percent increase over the 21,213 units sold during the same period in 2016, according to the Virginia Realtors Association."

Fraley said Norfolk is the most popular market, followed by Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and Portsmouth.

This is statewide folks. We may be closing in on another population boom.:)

While this is more about real estate in general, this is indicative of the population trends in the state, and thus the demand for all types of housing including apartments.

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Hmmm...perhaps a new tower downtown or SPQ finally starts moving? I wonder if we reach 10,000 residents downtown by the end of the decade?

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