VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The future of a megaplex entertainment center in Virginia Beach is uncertain at best.
As the city strives to maintain its family friendly image, one councilman says the timeline for the Dome Site project is up in the air.
In January, city leaders said the Texas developer they're working with, Michael Jenkins, had hand-delivered a financial commitment. They said they'd have a "big announcement" to make in 30-45 days. That time has elapsed and no announcement's been made.
"I'll always be worried until we break ground. There's certainly opportunities for deals to fall through," Councilman John Uhrin told WAVY.com.
Uhrin says it's definitely taking longer than they'd hoped for. The hold up? Formalization of an agreement between the developer Michael Jenkins, and his investors, who for the most part are overseas.
"This is the first truly multi-national effort we've had as a public private partnership," said Uhrin.
He informed WAVY.com that while they wait to break ground on the project, Jenkins has spent millions of his own money toward design work, architecture fees, attorney fees, coordinating with construction company, and travel arrangements. We asked how long the city will wait for the building to begin on the venue that's set to include a Broadway-style theater seating 2,500 people, an ice skating rink, an indoor amusement park, a large Ferris Wheel and other attractions.
"Well it's such an exciting proposal and I think people look at it as legitimately a one of a kind opportunity. As long as we've got a developer that's stepping up and spending his own money we're going to stick with it. Just wait. It'll be spectacular."
Councilman Uhrin says they're not setting any more timetables. But he does think they need to stick with the developer they have because the project could take even more time if they changed.
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