NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - The construction of Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School is spurring downtown development.
Finishing touches have been put on Newport News Shipbuilding's new, state-of-the-art Apprentice School. It's set for completion in a few weeks and ready for classes in January.
"We're looking for the best and brightest students that the country has to offer. Today we have students attending from 29 states in the United States and we want to offer opportunities to come here tuition free and complete an education and work for a Fortune 500 company," director Everett Jordan told WAVY.com.
The apprentice school offers training in 19 trades like electronics, nuclear testing and ship fitting, plus leadership skills to more than 850 students.
"We already have incoming apprentices located in the housing just next door," Jordan added.
Development of the brand new Liberty Apartments came about because of the school, but are open to anyone, according to Wendy Drucker, managing director for Drucker and Falk, which started leasing the units in June.
"That's been really exciting and next our young military men and women have been moving in and we are also actually getting some of those patriarchs and matriarchs of Newport News coming and looking at the apartments, and we're hoping that we get a good mix of all living here," said Drucker.
Retail space is also available, according to the developer and Armada Hoffler CEO Lou Haddad, who said he's excited about the transformation along Washington Avenue.
"What we're looking for is a mix of services and food services to bring into downtown that doesn't exist right now. We have great interest in the property. We're in negotiations with at least eight tenants," said Haddad.
He expects to announce those tenants once lease agreements are signed. Groundbreaking for the projects started more than a year ago.
Newport News police officers are in the middle of a massive operation to get wanted criminals out of the neighborhoods. They are rounding up everyone who has an outstanding warrant.
Hampton Roads Transit customers could see higher fares to ride the bus, light rail and ferry.
Running a red light could cost you a hefty fine, even if an officer doesn't pull you over. Cameras are going up at intersections across Hampton Roads, and the most recent went live Monday in downtown Norfolk.