NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A longstanding marina could soon be no more as a development boom continues in East Ocean View.
On Monday, Norfolk’s Architectural Review Board reviewed plans for a 4-floor, 132-unit luxury senior housing facility to be built at 4801 Pretty Lake Avenue. Named “Aspire at East Beach,” it will sit on the current property of the Little Creek Marina.
Little Creek Marina, LLC., bought the 3-acre property in August from current owners for $3.4 million.
Plans submitted by Cox, Kliewer & Company Architecture signal that the marina office, 36,000-square-foot boat storage center and on-site repair shop will be demolished as part of the project.
The senior housing proposal still has several steps to go prior to getting the green light. Current marina management did not return WAVY’s calls inquiring about a possible closing date.
Several boaters who have docked at Little Creek Marina for years said they would be sad to see the marina facilities leave.
“The good news is the marinas will be maintained and people will still have boats at all these marina properties,” said David Clarke, chair of the East Beach Economic Development Committee. “The investment level is pretty staggering.”
Little Creek isn’t the only property eyed for redevelopment.
“The Tern” is moving forward, after Norfolk City Council approved rezoning for 13,000 square feet of commercial space where East Ocean View Avenue turns into Shore Drive. Equity Development Corp. hopes to also build 96 townhomes starting in November.
In addition Vinings Marina was purchased by C&I Solutions Ii Reo, Llc, for $2.6 million last year.
“The new owner plans to move ahead with the planned 105 apartments and small amount of commercial,” according to minutes from the October 4 meeting of the East Ocean View Civic League.
“It’s exciting,” Clarke said. “To bring investment to improve the quality of life.”