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DESTINATION: CITY LIFE ADP and Icon at CityWalk CityWalk is bringing the work/live/play experience to the Downtown Norfolk financial district. The project converts the One and Two Commercial Place office buildings into a residential and office mixed-use development encompassing 5.5 acres, spread out over three historic city blocks. The Atlantic at CityWalk is the former Two Commercial Place building. It has been transformed with over 288,000 SF of Class A office space leased to ADP, a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management solutions. ADP brings 1,800 new jobs with a capital investment of approximately $32.5 million. This is the largest job creation project in Norfolk for more than two decades.


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Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel and The Exchange Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel and The Exchange opened to great fanfare in Downtown Norfolk in March 2017. The 23-story, $164 million, 300 room Hilton project includes a luxury Hilton hotel and The Exchange, a 41,000 SF conference center. The hotel includes Grain, which is a rooftop lounge;Varia, an Italian Trattoria; and Saltine, a seafood restaurant. Fruitive, an organic fast casual restaurant, is also located inside The Main.



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DESTINATION:ENTERTAINMENT Waterside District Waterside District opened May 4, 2017 as an entertainment venue with a full range of culinary options, nightlife, and activities for all ages offering live music, festivals and other community events. Waterside District is anchored by The Market, an eclectic and vibrant food hall featuring local and regional favorites such as Starr Hill, Rappahannock Oyster Company, Carolina Cupcakery, Cogan’s Pizza, The Fudgery and Stripers. Waterside District also features premier national restaurants such as Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Blue Moon TapHouse, and PBR Norfolk. Waterside District represents a $40 million investment by the Cordish Companies and is bringing over 1,000 new jobs to Downtown Norfolk.



DESTINATION: REVITALIZATION 824 Military brings Movement Mortgage and Optima Health Movement Mortgage and Optima Health are the first two tenants of 824 Military, the former JCPenney building at Military Circle. The Norfolk Economic Development Authority purchased the 16 acre site and the City’s $18 million investment renovated the building to 135,000 SF of new office space. Movement Mortgage is leasing 90,000 SF on the first floor and will have approximately 750 employees by 2019. Optima Health will be leasing 45,000 SF on the second floor adding 200 new jobs in Norfolk in support of a statewide contract recently awarded to them by the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Simon Premium Outlet Mall Simon Norfolk Premium Outlets features 85+ designer and name brand stores and will open this summer. This 331,000 SF premium outlet center is located on Northampton Boulevard off I-64 on Lake Wright. A linear park around the lake will be a focal point for shoppers and recreation activities in the public park.

IKEA On June 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe announced that IKEA, the international retail superstar, will be building a new 332,000 SF store at Lake Wright East near the new premium outlet mall on the other side of I-64. The new IKEA location is on 18+ acres and will employ 250 at its scheduled opening in 2018. The Commonwealth of Virginia is making I-64 access improvements at Northampton Boulevard to accommodate both projects. 9

DESTINATION: COLLECTIONS Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotel The Royster Building, built in 1912 and formerly the home of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, is being redeveloped into a premier 120 room boutique hotel with a glass art theme. The hotel will be part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, and will include a rooftop bar, as well as gallery and event space. After a $27 milion investment, the hotel is expected to open in 2018. The exhibit gallery will include iconic commissioned and oneof-a-kind pieces by Chihuly, Peter Bremers, Stephen Powell, Lino Tagliapietra and others.

Perry Glass Studio The Perry Glass Studio of the Chrysler Museum of Art is performing a feasibility study for a possible expansion.

Historic Selden Arcade Plans for the Historic Selden Arcade include a maker studio, startup shops and food stalls.

ODU Barry Art Museum The ODU Barry Art Museum is a new 2-story, 24,000 SF building underway on the corner of Hampton Blvd and 43rd Street, adjacent to the Ted Constant Convocation Center.



House of Maya has opened a new downtown bridal emporium on Granby Street.

Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Fast Company, Wall Street Journal and more, after his Kickstarter Campaign went wild and set him on his path to produce fashion bags from recycled bottles and billboard wraps.Yep, that’s a Shark with him. PC&A in Norfolk’s Central Business Park has partnered with West Elm Workspace, the sought-after contract furniture brand that’s revolutionizing the workplace. The West Elm Workplace showroom brings the collection to the Norfolk market. ARDX is an award winning healthcare management and IT consulting firm. Angela Reddix, its founder, is spearheading a multiple U.S. cities campaign to inspire entrepreneurism and education for girls and young women with the help of business mentors. BizConnect is a woman-owned business and one of the area’s best networking groups for building quality relationships. Jollity & Co. is a new party boutique located in Ghent. Prince Ink is a high quality, artisanal, retro printing company that recently relocated to Granby Street. 11

DESTINATION: LIFESTYLE River Tower at Harbor’s Edge Harbor’s Edge, in Fort Norfolk, is a full-service, premier Life Plan Retirement Community on the Elizabeth River. Harbor’s Edge recently announced plans for an expansion. When completed in 2020, the 27-story River Tower at Harbor’s Edge will add 138 luxury residences and more than 95,000 SF of common space. Amenities include a ballroom, movie theaters, four new dining venues, all with chef-prepared meals, a heated pool, world-class spa and wellness center.

151 and 161 Granby Extensive renovations are underway for the former Savoy hotel, which is being converted into 36 units. 151 Granby is being converted into 8 apartments, and will include store front retail. $10 million investment.

First Colony Located on West 22nd Street in the former First Colony and Tea company complex, the $9.5 million project is being developed by Monument companies and includes 51 apartments.

The Edge@450 at 450 Boush Street will include 150 apartments with ground floor retail space.

Linde building Located on Colonial Avenue at the former Linde Air Products Company site (the Dagenhart building), the $3.5 million project will include 15 loft style apartments.

Saint Paul’s Apartments will be located in Saint Paul’s Quadrant east of Saint Paul’s Boulevard. The $20 million project being developed by S.L. Nusbaum will include 126 apartments with construction starting in Summer 12 2017. 

Atlas Flats Located on 22nd Street in the former BritishAmerican Tobacco warehouse, the $15 million project will include 88 apartments.


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Norfolk’s Beach. Ocean View

Church Street Station Studios 81 studio apartments with supportive services.

Front Street Flats Located in Fort Norfolk at the former Security Storage and Safe Deposit Company Warehouse built in 1916.

Bell Diamond A $13.9 million renovation is now under construction to transform Bell Diamond Manor Apartments in the Berkley neighborhood. All 128 apartment units will be updated.

Clairmont at Campostella Station Franklin Johnston development in Campostella. 150 apartments, $20 million investment. Opening Spring 2017.

Cove Pointe At The Landings This $18.3 million property is complete and features 122 apartments in the Larchmont area.

Westport Commons New waterfront townhomes under construction on Crab Creek. The $60 million investment includes 68 townhouses and 70 condominiums in addition to the 180 Watermark Apartments already completed.

Coastal Villas By The Bay 40 Condos in East Ocean View featuring rooftop living spaces. Banks at Berkley The Banks at Berkley is a new mixed use and affordable housing complex in the Berkley neighborhood. Completed by The Woda Group, Inc. in December 2016, the $9.3 million facility honors local civil rights leader George Banks. It combines 50 apartments with two commercial suites that will house medical services to residents and the Berkley neighborhood.

Villa Marina Mixed use project including 106 apartments in a four-story building. Project includes 13,000 SF of retail space.

Pinewell Station 146 apartments to be developed Breeden Investment Properties in Ocean View at the site of the Ocean View Senior Center and former Ramada Inn hotel.


DESTINATION: HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCE CIRS CIRS will be relocating from Norfolk Commerce Park building a new 50,000 SF headquarters and laboratory at Central Business Park. CIRS is recognized world-wide for tissue simulation technology and the manufacturing of phantoms and simulators for quantitative densitometry, calibration, quality control and research in the field of medical imaging and radiotherapy.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is underway with a 5-year expansion and modernization project which includes additional floors on two existing wings, expansion and modernization of emergency department and operating rooms, replacement of a forty eight bed ward-style Special Care Nursery with a state-ofthe-art unit with private and semi-private rooms, and consolidation of the hospital’s 54 ICU beds onto two floors. The $199 million project to be completed in 2020. Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters recently announced an alliance with University of Virginia Children’s Hospital to improve the CHKD heart surgery program. CHKD Health System offers a network of comprehensive pediatric services in more than 40 locations that stretch from Williamsburg to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. CHKD is a 206-bed teaching hospital with special units for neonatal and pediatric intensive care, cancer care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, medical and surgical care, and transitional care. Shown is a concept rendering of the CHKD Medical Tower II. EVMS made headlines around the world in 2017 with the announcement of Dr. Paul Marik’s findings of a possible cure for sepsis. EOS Surfaces, a leading surfaces technology manufacturer, launched the world’s largest clinical trial in cooperation with Sentara Leigh Hospital, to test the efficacy of their copper-infused hard surface in reducing the bioburden and the hospital acquired infection rates in a healthcare setting. Bon Secours DePaul Earns Prestigious Designation as Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare. Bon Secours Virginia is the only health system on the east coast with two comprehensive stroke centers.


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Camp Allen School Elementary

Norfolk’s Public Libraries are community assets for all to enjoy. Broad Creek Library will be completed in 2017 beside the new Richard Bowling Elementary School. Southside Library will include the Nature Explorium, an outdoor learning classroom to expand STEM programming and is the first in Virginia. The award-winning Slover Library hosts just about everything, from NASA exhibits to PixelFest to fashionable fundraisers. City Council invested $133.1 million in the construction of five schools. No other municipality in the country has followed through on a commitment to build five new schools and new libraries in the span of 3 years. The Department of Defense provided $23 million toward the new Camp Allen Elementary.

Southside STEM

Larchmont Elementary

Ocean View Elementary

Richard Bowling Elementary




Governor’s School

Lamia’s Crepes

Coffee Tree

Bearded Bird Brewery


Muddy Paws Downtown

Rustic Tart

Leone’s On The Side

BenchTop Brewing


Mr. Shawarma

Buah Bistro

Jessy’s Taco Bistro

Pinot’s Palette

Dodge’s Chicken

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16 Artist Cafe Starving

Smartmouth Brewery

Dead Reckoning

People’s Pharmacy

O’Connor Brewing Co.


Steak N Shake

Coaster Coffee

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Quixotic Arts

East Coast Appliance





What Works Cities launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, is helping 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. Norfolk’s focus will be on Open Data and Performance and Analytics. Norfolk’s new Technology Zone was launched in 2017 and includes incentives for technology-based businesses located in the zone. Ampified IT assists schools and partners to develop actionable road maps for Google Apps for Education technology and to enable them to achieve their vision. Norfolk named one of America’s Top Ten Digital Cities for 2016 by The Center for Digital Government. TechArk Solutions is a privately held web and mobile apps company in the Freemason area. 757 Makerspace Workshop and Co-working Studios provides a “gym for inventors” – a community workspace for education, creation, entrepreneurial, and prototyping endeavors. It features a wood shop, metal shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, DNC machines, textiles, robotics, electronics and more. The HUD National Disaster Resilience Grant project is underway. The City signed an agreement with the Commonwealth in March 2017 to implement the Ohio Creek Watershed Project. Residents are working with City staff to ensure that the grant does more than just improve the infrastructure, but ensures connectivity, economic opportunity and amenities for all the residents of the neighborhood and the city. ODU Innovation Center opened its doors in July 2016 in partnership with the City of Norfolk. The center provides working space, business incubation and acceleration services for entrepreneurs.


DESTINATION: INTERNATIONAL In May 2017 thirty countries participated in the ODU Resilience Collaborative, joining the City and NATO, in the world’s first conference exploring the interdependence of the military, private and civil sectors in building urban resilience. Norfolk NATO fest presented The Patrouille de France this year with a flyover of the Scope-Chrysler Hall plaza at the beginning of the NATO fest Flag Raising Ceremony, and performed to large crowds at NATO fest’s parade downtown. As tradition, the Virginia Arts Festival’s production of the Virginia International Tattoo took place during NATO fest and featured an extraordinary cast of over 1,000 performers from many nations.

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NATO member nations – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

First Two Mid-Atlantic Subsea Transoceanic Cables Connecting Here MAREA is a trans-Atlantic cable for digital bandwidth data from Bilbao, Spain to Hampton Roads connecting network hubs in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia to be completed in 2017. Facebook and Microsoft are partners. The Patrouille de France this year with a flyover of the Scope-Chrysler Hall plaza

BRUSA is stretching from Brazil to San Juan to Hampton Roads. It is slated for completion in early 2018. 19


Largest. Ship. Ever. On May 8 the Port of Virginia hosted the world’s largest container ship, the COSCO Development. In related news, work is also underway at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) on a $320 million expansion project, the first of two planned expansions that will increase the port’s overall annual container capacity by one million container units by 2020.

Norfolk is the most intermodal city in Virginia.

Norfolk’s Institutional Network (iNet) is advancing a regional broadband strategy. The $4.1 million project to replace the perimeter backbone and switches will provide opportunities to connect communities and strengthen opportunities for economic development particularly for biomedical research and advanced manufacturing as well as facilitate partnerships with institutions of learning. 20

DESTINATION: CONNECTIONS Pilot Bike Loop Project with the goal of promoting safe, healthy and inclusive neighborhoods, this project implements a portion of the Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan with a 4-mile Pilot demonstrative loop of various bicycle facilities along 35th Street, Llewellyn Avenue, W. Olney Road, 26th Street and Colley Avenue.

Elizabeth River Trail Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation aim to enhance and expand the Elizabeth River Trail as a recreational, social, and educational destination that improves environmental awareness, neighborhood connectivity, and innovative economic development in Norfolk.

The I-564 Intermodal Connector project is a collaborative transportation partnership project.The new high-speed roadway will connect the existing I-564 through two of the region’s economic powerhouses – Naval Station Norfolk (NSN), the largest naval base in the world and the area’s largest employer, and to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), the Virginia Port Authority’s largest terminal in Hampton Roads. Completion is Fall 2018. Willoughby and Vicinity Beach Nourishment - The project consists of placing 1.2 million cubic yards of sand, which will widen the beach by about 60 feet and raise the recreational area of the beach to an elevation of about 5 feet above mean low water. Sand placement will stretch along the entire 7.3 miles of shoreline. I-64/I-264 Ramp Improvements Project includes a ramp widening and new system of collector-distributor roads to be built from I-64 at the twin Bridges (over the Elizabeth River) to I-264 before the Newtown Road interchange. The $158 million project is slated for completion in 2019. Military Hwy CFI will be first Continuous Flow Intersection in Virginia with completion in 2018.



Virginia Zoological Park


Chrysler Museum of Art

Nauticus and Half Moone Celebration Center

Norfolk Botanical Garden

MacArthur Memorial

Perry Glass Studio

Town Point Park – Festival Headquarters

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

MacArthur Center

Glass Wheel Studio

Ocean View Beaches

Harbor Park – Home of the Norfolk Tides

Wells Theatre – Home of the Virginia Stage Company

The Plot

Ocean View Park

Spirit 22 Cruise Ship

Harrison Opera House – Home of Virginia Opera

Slover Library

Hague SailBot Launch

Berkley Family Reunion


Holidays in the City


NSU Football Games

Hurrah Players


Virginia Arts Festival





Hurrah Players

Little Theatre of Norfolk

Chrysler Hall

Ted Constant Center

Kroc Center

American Rover

Historic Homes

The Norva


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Norfolk state of the city brochure 2017  

City of Norfolk State of the City May 2017 Brochure

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