NORFOLK, Va. - The City of Norfolk unveiled plans for Waterside Marketplace andefforts to make it more family friendly. For years now, the cityhas been wrestling on what to do with the complex and now, thewaterfront icon is getting more than a facelift.
Waterside is undergoing a make-over that started two weeks ago.Walking past the area you can hear the sound of construction, whichcost about $400,000 of the city's money. It debuted 26 years ago asa festival marketplace drawing tourists, families and others fromthe community. In recent years, Waterside has lost merchants andfoot traffic. The city now wants to change all that and is sprucingup the place.
Lane Brown, Waterside General Manager, told WAVY.com, "We'regoing to bring Waterside back to the family oriented, vibrant placeit used to be that everybody remembers and it's going to be a majorplus for downtown and for all of downtown Norfolk."
Construction crews expect to wrap up their work early nextmonth, just in time for Harborfest and July 4th weekend.
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