Pollen, pollen, pollen – everywhere! My allergies are in full swing but I do enjoy the beauty of early spring and the warm weather.
March was a fun month with many opportunities to speak to groups or attend community meetings to listen to the latest. I spoke to residents of Harbor’s Edge on a Friday afternoon and provided an update on all things related to the city and answered a variety of questions. The new Harbor’s Edge building is just beautiful with stunning views of the Elizabeth River.
The Belvedere Civic League encompassing the Belvedere neighborhood along Granby Street has started to meet again after taking a hiatus for a few years. About twenty five neighbors attended their March meeting where they heard from Norfolk Police Officer Toth, Transit Director John Stevenson and me. I am happy to see Belvedere come together again and advocate for their neighborhood.
I attended the Railroad District Business Association meeting that took place at Veil Brewing Company in Park Place. It was good to hear about the new businesses coming to the area and the street/pedestrian improvements happening along 23rd Street. Norfolk is hosting the International Downtown Association annual meeting in late April and attendees are going to tour the Railroad District to see how this area has come to life with so many restaurants, breweries, apartments, small businesses etc. While the Railroad District isn’t considered “downtown” the success of the area has merited this interest among other downtowns attending the conference.
Norfolk City Council voted in favor of a rezoning of the old DePaul Hospital property located on Kingsley Lane/Granby Street to become a Planned Development. Marathon Development, who has redeveloped many other properties in Norfolk, will reuse the current building and repurpose to become a multifamily residential development with 488 apartments on the property. Marathon will add a variety of amenities including a pool, club room, dog wash station and more. Additionally, the development will include a mixed-use building fronting Granby Street that will include a restaurant. Marathon has agreed to pay $100,000 to the City of Norfolk to make improvements to the Riverpoint Playground adjacent to the DePaul property. The sale of the DePaul property was a private transaction between Bon Secours Mercy Health direct to Marathon and didn’t involve the city. However, Norfolk City Council did have to approve a rezoning from Institutional to Planned Development. This is an exciting change to this property and I look forward to see it come to life in the next few years.
I wish you all a fun weekend.