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1 hour ago, EJ_LEWIS said:

There is no movement in Norfolk to redevelop Military Circle into a mixed use town center.  For now there is the mall.  The opening of two new small businesses in the mall points to the life that is still in Military Circle.  This is a good development.  Now that being said I would be really pleased if the city would start planning to make Military Circle into a walkable mixed use town center.  

I believe that is the long range plan for military circle. But one of the key steps to that is getting the Tide extended there and who knows how long that will take. Or if it will ever happen.

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First things first, I'm sorry for your loss.

It's always great to read accounts from someone visiting the area, and noticing the changes. I've been saying for a while, here and offline, that the next few years could really see Norfolk taking things to the next level. Even today compared to five years ago seems like a night and day difference.

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Not sure how old many of you all are but in the early 90's DT and Norfolk in general was a scary place to be any time of day. Homeless people and addicts everywhere DT and prostitutes on Church. East Oceanview was a wasteland occupied by hookers and crack houses all over. 

So yeah....Norfolk has came a very, very long way from those days. It still has its issues...like any city but I agree its night and day. 

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Larry “Chip” Filer to become Norfolk’s new city manager. 

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_f1a882a0-b48e-11e9-a171-9f700057dd50.html

This is a great move, IMO. When he gives his outlook on the region, he is frank and realistic about where our city and region lags. With him in that position, and the outgoing manager heading the area economic development office, I could see them both pushing for more jobs and working together as a region. Chip has been very critical of our inability to do both. 

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On 6/28/2019 at 12:29 PM, BFG said:

Norfolk is looking for another city manager, for the third time in as many years. While the outgoing manager going to the economic development office is a good thing, it seems like the city manager position is becoming a stepping stone to other jobs. 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_e9deeb72-98dc-11e9-a5ba-8ff56f0b806e.amp.html

Norfolk has named Chip Filer, ODU economics professor and Associate VP of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and as the new city manager;

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_f1a882a0-b48e-11e9-a171-9f700057dd50.html

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The Pilot says one of his top priorities is getting SPQ off the ground. I don’t know how much of that area is set in stone, but I do wonder if he will try and get more businesses over there and make that a true extension of downtown?

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7 minutes ago, BFG said:

The Pilot says one of his top priorities is getting SPQ off the ground. I don’t know how much of that area is set in stone, but I do wonder if he will try and get more businesses over there and make that a true extension of downtown?

I hope so. I know the mayor sees SPQ as a key project since it will get a big chunk of Norfolk back on the tax rolls. And getting more businesses in there would help in that regard.

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On 8/2/2019 at 12:11 PM, BFG said:

The Pilot says one of his top priorities is getting SPQ off the ground. I don’t know how much of that area is set in stone, but I do wonder if he will try and get more businesses over there and make that a true extension of downtown?

Anything short of this would be disappointing if you ask me. In fact, I've said this before, but I disagree with the Tidewater Garden's plan, the residential component as it stands. Keep in mind if this says anything, but Norfolk Southern relocated, we are down a fortune 500 (regardless if we knew it was coming or not). People in the area for decades talked about the area's dependency on the Navy and Government and now I think it's time to attract other companies, life adjacent to the Navy. i'm very disappointed they didn't or tried to bring Dollar tree HQ downtown. I was happy about ADP, but we need more acquisitions in the city like that. They need not to think about that retro and be more active now about planing that. SPQ is HUGE when you think about it from a land mass perspective, no reason why most can't be slated to attract those kinds of businesses and squeeze in your original plan within that area. I just think it is shortsighted, especially considering how long this has went on. We are now at that point were we just want something different other than what is there, and not a way to build Norfolk and the region strategically.

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Both Stihl and Maersk have their US headquarters in the area. The city should see if they can move some of their offices downtown. Personally I think the orange Stihl logo would look good on the top of that newly empty green office building.

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15 minutes ago, Virginia City said:

Both Stihl and Maersk have their US headquarters in the area. The city should see if they can move some of their offices downtown. Personally I think the orange Stihl logo would look good on the top of that newly empty green office building.

You mean, the orange Stihl logo would look great on a new tower in Virginia Beach.  :-)

They are actually building a new HQ building on their property now.  It seems they like to keep their management and manufacturing facilities close. 

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On 8/13/2019 at 9:34 AM, brikkman said:
On 8/2/2019 at 12:11 PM, BFG said:

The Pilot says one of his top priorities is getting SPQ off the ground. I don’t know how much of that area is set in stone, but I do wonder if he will try and get more businesses over there and make that a true extension of downtown?

SPQ?

 

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I wish I had a better understanding of the city manager vs city council's relationship. It was my understanding that the city manager carries out the wishes of the city council and handles the day to day workings of city hall. He gives the impression he is strategizing (sp*) Norfolk's future. I'm a little lost in this connection.

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Think of the city manager as a CEO and the city council as the board members. Strategy is essential for an company or in this case a city to plan for the future and succeed. 

Cities are in a way in competition with one another to attract people and businesses. Cities that don't plan, respond to change, or grow become less desirable compared to other cities. 

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The way Chip spoke, it makes it seem like the city manager is closer to the pulse of economic trends, among other things, and passes along suggestions or recommendations to council, with no pressure. I said this a few weeks ago, but I imagine he’ll offer his two cents on the development of SPQ. 

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Today's work session includes updates on the Hotel and Casino plans. I dunno if the 4:30 meeting is streamed, but I imagine the Pilot may have more info. As for tonight's meeting, this caught my eye.

PH-2 PUBLIC HEARING scheduled this day under the State law, public notice having been inserted in the local press by the City Clerk, to hear comments on the issuance of Notes on a revolving line of credit basis pursuant to which the City will be able to borrow, repay, and reborrow the principal amount of the Notes, provided that no more than $200,000,000 in principal amount of the Notes will be outstanding at any time.

Future arena funding, perhaps? I would think the city's contribution would be about 200M, with the rest coming from naming rights and sales tax increases, etc., and I can't think of too many other public projects requiring that kind of money.

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18 minutes ago, BFG said:

Today's work session includes updates on the Hotel and Casino plans. I dunno if the 4:30 meeting is streamed, but I imagine the Pilot may have more info. As for tonight's meeting, this caught my eye.

 

 

Future arena funding, perhaps? I would think the city's contribution would be about 200M, with the rest coming from naming rights and sales tax increases, etc., and I can't think of too many other public projects requiring that kind of money.

Authorization to Renew Revolving Credit

Looks like they’re trying to take advantage of lower interest rates. It’s an extension of an existing credit line that is capped at $200 million and is for CIP projects. 

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I walked through Monticello Arcade yesterday, and Work Place Architects (WPA) has an office there. From the main atrium of Monticello, you can see some of WPA's proposed or future projects. One of those projects appears to be something related to MacArthur Center. I couldn't make out details, so I'm not sure if it's the proposed Starwood property or a complete overhaul, but I do wonder whether we'll see something in the next few months?

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2 hours ago, BFG said:

I walked through Monticello Arcade yesterday, and Work Place Architects (WPA) has an office there. From the main atrium of Monticello, you can see some of WPA's proposed or future projects. One of those projects appears to be something related to MacArthur Center. I couldn't make out details, so I'm not sure if it's the proposed Starwood property or a complete overhaul, but I do wonder whether we'll see something in the next few months?

This caught me off guard, we have a Works PA in Portland and at first I thought you were talking about them, but looking up WPA in Norfolk, they look like a young firm that is doing some really quality work for Norfolk and that metro. Good to see architecture firms like this in Norfolk.

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Wondering if the Hampton Roads chamber of commerce is coalescing around the idea of a new arena in Downtown Norfolk the most urban city in the area?  Here is a quote from the Insidebiz article about the Chamber's recent visit to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC:  "The attendees liked what they saw when touring the PNC Arena in Raleigh but thought a Hampton Roads version should be closer to an urban center. "

https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/vp-ib-chamber-meeting-1014-20191010-urykmo5dyje6dpp6ezptj7yf3m-story.html

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