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On 4/3/2020 at 3:51 PM, urbanvb said:

A massive green battery factory is going up at the former Owl’s Creek golf course.

https://www.pilotonline.com/business/jobs/vp-nw-global-technical-systems-0402-20200402-o6a3j2x6gfbwhmhkdm2ty3cylq-story.html

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This would be a good time for an alternative weekly paper to move in and become the local press.

Apartments=year round residents year round residents=retail demand year long, year round amenities demand There fore less low quality touristy shops on the beachfront

Site plans have been filed for two different mixed use proposals by McLeskey & Associates. The first is for a site on the south side of Rudee Inlet at the foot of the bridge. It calls for a h

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Between this and the Norfolk employees being moved to the Daily Press offices, I have yet to see one good thing Tribune has done since acquiring this newspaper. The disregard for the history is one thing, but to say to hell with local journalism for a mid-sized market is disgusting. I really wish someone who knows journalism could step in and take care of this.

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So we'll have no local presence at all? I love Richmond, but this doesn't make sense. HR contains the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest cities in the state. They already have a newspaper. This is absolutely nonsensical. I'm so tired of our area being treated this way. 

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43 minutes ago, vdogg said:

So we'll have no local presence at all? I love Richmond, but this doesn't make sense. HR contains the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest cities in the state. They already have a newspaper. This is absolutely nonsensical. I'm so tired of our area being treated this way. 

I understand the frustration. As with all things “newspaper” this is strictly a cost saving measure. Tribune gets to sell a valuable industrial property in VB, and at the same time divest itself from overhead and any of it’s inherent liabilities. I don’t like it either, yet from a purely cost savings view point I do understand it.

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20 hours ago, vdogg said:

So we'll have no local presence at all? I love Richmond, but this doesn't make sense. HR contains the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest cities in the state. They already have a newspaper. This is absolutely nonsensical. I'm so tired of our area being treated this way. 

That's what happen when you live in the countries largest geographical cul-da-sac. If there was a large interstate that went through and didn't just end HR would be considered a much bigger deal. There is no "just passing through" stopping here. If you are here it's because you mean to be here and that hurts the area.

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This has been going on for years. Note the top article is dated 2016 and Virginia has done NOTHING toward this. Also, this will still not solve the problem of HR build a  cul-de-sac. That interstate just links Norfolk to Raleigh. No one driving from D.C. or Richmond will swing through HR to get to Raleigh if that's their destination.

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This is why the region needs to find more reasons to lure people here outside of a beach and a few arts districts. You’re a cul-de-sac that doesn’t offer anything that any other East Coast cities don’t, and on top of it, you can’t even agree on which city should take the lead, and you just lost a Fortune 500 company. 

 There’s no reason why Hampton Roads should be this far behind the curve on everything non-military. 

Are there any other metros our size that are also cul-de-sacs, not off a major interstate?

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On 5/28/2020 at 1:02 PM, BFG said:

This is why the region needs to find more reasons to lure people here outside of a beach and a few arts districts. You’re a cul-de-sac that doesn’t offer anything that any other East Coast cities don’t, and on top of it, you can’t even agree on which city should take the lead, and you just lost a Fortune 500 company. 

 There’s no reason why Hampton Roads should be this far behind the curve on everything non-military. 

Are there any other metros our size that are also cul-de-sacs, not off a major interstate?

Not our size, but my brother lives in the Charleston, SC metro and the growth in that area has been astonishing over the past 15 years. They have been able to attract alot of business. 

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Expect an economic development announcement from Northam at some point today. VBDA is scheduled to vote on ‘Project Pinnacle’ tomorrow and states it will be announced by Northam today. No indication on who/what or if it’s related to the Breeden proposal. 
 

Edit: ASGN will also invest $7.4 million to expand its operations in Virginia, adding 147 new jobs in the City of Virginia Beach - Press Release

Expansion of an existing business. 700 new jobs across the state. 

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On 5/28/2020 at 12:20 PM, zeppelin14 said:

This has been going on for years. Note the top article is dated 2016 and Virginia has done NOTHING toward this. Also, this will still not solve the problem of HR build a  cul-de-sac. That interstate just links Norfolk to Raleigh. No one driving from D.C. or Richmond will swing through HR to get to Raleigh if that's their destination.

Dominion Blvd bridge in Chesapeake was part of the future I-87 plans. There are plans to upgrade that portion South as well but there really isn't alot to do, NC has the majority of the construction.

Also, it's not so much the traffic from DC or Richmond, it's the traffic coming through the Eastern Shore from destinations such as NY, Philly, and Boston that will use this route more by avoiding the heavily congested I-95 corridor. 

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On 6/14/2020 at 3:54 AM, ronsmytheiii said:

Apartments=year round residents

year round residents=retail demand year long, year round amenities demand

There fore less low quality touristy shops on the beachfront

 

Well, um, obviously. LOL. Nobody wants crappy shops.  Everybody wants more year-round residents.

What I would like to see there is a high-end, mixed-use development with private condominium residences, flats, better quality retail and possibly an entertainment component. A first-class project with great architecture and real presence. 

This an extemely prominent, gateway property.  Kind of like the one in downtown Norfolk that everyone wants to see just whatever slapped up there.  

This type of redevelopment opportunity does not come along but once in a generation ...or three...or four. It's too bad the owner of the property can't wait around for something better,  but I certainly understand that a bird in hand is worth ...several in the bush.  However, one would like to see the property developed to its highest and best use. $$$$

Hopefully these "apartments" will be more than just "apartments."  Unless you're thinking that's enough.  Ymmv.

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I like what's become of the upper end of The Strip. I think that in the next decade, we'll see more spill over to Pacific and Arctic, and VB really reaches its true potential as a vacation destination.

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I don’t see a Virginia Beach photos page, so I thought I’d post this here since this is Beach “development.” Nice bit of density here built up over the past 7-15 yrs or so. In particular with the left upper quadrant of this photo. 

Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t really capture it as well/the same as the human eye, and I couldn’t get very high up today, but it’s pretty interesting to observe the changes here to the general 31st Gateway area from this perspective.  Here you are looking from Beach Garden Park on the causeway which leads from Holly Road to 30th, and Laskin as well. 

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New proposal for 250 + Keys + Apartments and Garage next to (East of) the Convention Center in between 19th & 21st. 11 parcels, private property, land acquisition negotiations underway. Tory Breeden + a nationally-renowned upscale hotel developer. $150-$200M.

https://www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-virginia-beach-convention-center-1210-20201209-imjey3srdjdrtetkbpiujiecaq-story.html

 

 

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