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Came home for our family reunion this past weekend. First time in a long time I was able to drive around parts of Norfolk and I must say, Norfolk is looking good. I was surprised and shocked how much

You mean the Hamptagon… I'll see my way out.

Norfolk and Virginia Beach's CVBs have joined forces to promote both cities.  I love to see the state's largest and second largest cities that are joined at the hip cooperating with each other for a c

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I understand your down vote.  My friend works out of the DC office but he travels frequently to the Norfolk Headquarters.  I talked to him Friday about the situation with NS and he also added on top of the air service that NS owns a lot of land in Midtown Atlanta and for cost efficiency it may be better to consolidate corporate employees into one location and build on the land NS already owns.  

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On 9/18/2018 at 8:10 AM, skylinefan said:

A friend of mine told me that the biggest drawback for Norfolk in keeping NS headquarters there is the airport.  It is just too costly and too hard (Connecting flights) to get from Norfolk to major hubs.  Altanta's  airport is huge and offers direct domestic and international flights.  NS employees are able to find a lot more direct flights to where they need to go for business.  Norfolk International needs to be greatly improved. 

I so wish the whole metro would have gotten behind building a new airport out in Northern Suffolk because they could have had a much better airport by now that would have been able to keep up with other major metros. Though without it, that does make sense that a company like NS would be looking to leave. I know my biggest drawback to Norfolk International is how small it is, for me to ever fly back it would cost a small fortune, and honestly I would rather spend that much money flying to someplace better.

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The church on the corner of 35th Street and Colonial in Park Place is for sale, including the big lot behind it, parking lot as of now. This used to be the largest congregation in the state but declined to about 20 members over the last couple years. Whoever takes this place on, probably needs a ton of work, could be a cool mixed use project. Would make an awesome place for a bunch of artist studios...Anyone heard anything about this?

 

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On 9/25/2018 at 12:42 PM, Norfolk757Kid said:

The church on the corner of 35th Street and Colonial in Park Place is for sale, including the big lot behind it, parking lot as of now. This used to be the largest congregation in the state but declined to about 20 members over the last couple years. Whoever takes this place on, probably needs a ton of work, could be a cool mixed use project. Would make an awesome place for a bunch of artist studios...Anyone heard anything about this?

 

Not 35th, but a few blocks down on 31st and Colonial, there are plans for something like this.

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_33f49d88-43ca-11e8-8eae-d30aca3dd1b1.html

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Again, if Norfolk doesn’t take this as a lesson learned and use this as another thing they need to grow as a city, they weren’t paying attention. There’s been too many reports that reveal why people aren’t coming here outside of military, and now you’re about to lose a Fortune 500 company. 

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On 11/6/2018 at 9:42 AM, BFG said:

Again, if Norfolk doesn’t take this as a lesson learned and use this as another thing they need to grow as a city, they weren’t paying attention. There’s been too many reports that reveal why people aren’t coming here outside of military, and now you’re about to lose a Fortune 500 company. 

I would argue that all of Hampton Roads needs to look at this as a major issue. Expanding the airport and building a regional transit system should be a priority. The area needs to true metro government that deals with things like this.

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On 11/23/2018 at 4:45 PM, urbanlife said:

I would argue that all of Hampton Roads needs to look at this as a major issue. Expanding the airport and building a regional transit system should be a priority. The area needs to true metro government that deals with things like this.

This definitely sets up an argument for a stronger regional network, as well as transportation and the airport. I think the regional government would serve as the umbrella for everything else, with leaders from other cities mentioning how much this hurts them as well.

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12 minutes ago, lil-bear said:

Me thinks that this area around the outlet mall and IKEA is ripe to BOOM.

New hotels, New stores, eateries...

Without a doubt. That IKEA will act as a beacon to many retail and service developers. The infrastructure has been upgraded to handle the new volumes of traffic. The next 10-15 years will see a dramatic change to that corridor.

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Carnival returning to Norfolk with cruises to Cuba, starting in 2020.

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_2af54c70-f8c2-11e8-949c-8f81a6e5a788.html

That is good news the question here though is will the Sunrise stay in 2020? Then Norfolk woukd have 2 home port ships from Carnival. Even if the Sunrise doesn't having a ship that goes to Cuba will definitely be a big draw.

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Hanbury Intern Project

Hanbury, the architecture firm behind the Wave proposal in Virginia Beach, had their summer interns work on a project that proposed the redevelopment of Tidewater Gardens & the areas around Harbor Park. The major components of the project included a redesigned interchange, a canal to provide drainage for Tidewater Gardens, a ‘boomerang’ waterfront, and the extension of downtown to Harbor Park & Tidewater Gardens. Although not a true proposal, it’s worth a quick look. 

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City of Norfolk needs to take a close look at that presentation. Those students did an excellent job. I love the idea of there being an extension of the skyline on the other side of 264, as well as park space. Especially the "Boomerang".

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