New roads, parks and casino included in Norfolk’s early Harbor Park plans

New roads, parks and casino included in Norfolk’s early Harbor Park plans


(ANITA) FIRST TONIGHT AT 11 — BUILDINGS ARE FALLING IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK— WITH THE HELP OF WRECKING CREWS. THANKS FOR WATCHING. I’M ANITA BLANTON. (TOM) I’M TOM SCHAAD. IT’S ALL BEING DONE TO TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN. THE CITY HALL NORTH PARKING GARAGE DEMOLITION IS ALMOST COMPLETE. WE REPORTED MONDAY—THE FORMER UPTON STORAGE BUILDING NEAR HARBOR PARK IS SLATED TO GO NEXT BUT TONIGHT 10 ON YOUR SIDES BRETT HALL SPOKE TO A MAN WHO HOPES EVERYONE’S IDEAS ARE TRULY CONSIDERED AS THE CITY DECIDES WHAT GOES THERE NEXT. (BRETT) THIS HERE IS WHAT NORFOLK’S ADMINISTRATION IS ENVISIONING TO REPLACE THAT RUN DOWN WAREHOUSE ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER. (BRETT) HOWEVER ONE MAN CAME TO A CITY OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT–A LITTLE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF WHAT PLANS DIDN’T INLCUDE. (BRETT) RICHARD JAMES IS A NORFOLK CHEERLEADER RICHARD JAMES, WANTS TO BUILD AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE MUSEUM “OH ABSOLUTELY, I AM A NORFOLK NATIVE. I WAS REINVENT ITSELF—JAMES WANTS TO BE APART OF IT. BUT DOES THE CITY FEEL THE SAME? RICHARD JAMES, WANTS TO BUILD AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE MUSEUM JAMES—AND A FOUNDATION HE IS APART OF REVEALED IN JANUARY THEIR VISION TO BUILD AN AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE MUSEUM—AND A HOTEL—ON LAND WEST OF HARBOR PARK ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER. BUT AS HE LOOKED THROUGH CITY RENDERINGS LAYING OUT THE POSSIBLE FUTURE OF THE HARBOR PARK AREA TONIGHT— HE SAW WHILE THE PROPOSED CASINO MADE THE DRAFT—HIS PROJECT DID NOT. RICHARD JAMES, WANTS TO BUILD AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE MUSEUM FEELINGS? ZUBIN ADRIANVALA IS THE PROJECT MANAGER. ZUBIN ADRIANVALA, PH.D., CITY OF NORFOLK BRETT ASKS “THAT WASN’T INTENTIONAL WAS IT?” IS NOT, FOR ANY DEVELOPMENT TO HAPPEN YOU NEED ACTUAL DEVELOPMENT PADS TO HAPPEN.” AND THAT IS REALLY WHAT THIS PLAN IS ALL ABOUT. YOU SEE–BEFORE THE AREA LOOKED LIKE THIS. IT LOOKED LIKE THIS. INDUSTRY DOMINATED THE WATERFRONT—AND IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REDEVELOPMENT—THE E-P-A NEEDS TO SEE WHAT IS THERE ZUBIN ADRIANVALA, PH.D., CITY OF NORFOLK “WE HAVE NOT FOUND ANYTHING YET THAT HAS RAISED ANY RED FLAGS.” ONCE THE FEDS AGREE WITH THAT ASSESMENT—MORE SOLID IDEAS CAN BEGIN TO BE PUT ON PAPER. AND JAMES HOPES EVERYONE WILL BE ON THE SAME PAGE. OF THE BEST PROJECTS TO THE CITY OF NORFOLK THAT IS GOING TO PROMOTE THE CITY OF NORFOLK AND AGAIN MAKE NORFOLK A DESTINATION .” (BRETT) BESIDES THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BUILDING THERE REALLY ISN’T TOO MUCH OF A TIMELINE YET. TO GET A LOOK AT THE PLANS REVEALED TONIGHT YOU CAN HEAD ON OVER TO

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