NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The city of Norfolk is looking to hit a home run by revitalizing the Harbor Park area.
It’s prime property, sitting along the water in Downtown Norfolk.
“It’s not lined with palm trees, it’s not that kind of waterfront, but it still has amazing potential, and if you see it with the right eyes, it has a lot of beauty in it,” said Norfolk City Management Analyst Zubin Adrianvala.
Right now, Norfolk Tides baseball is the only thing drawing crowds to the Harbor Park area.
Let’s be honest, the former industrial area isn’t very pretty.
Using a federal EPA grant, the city discovered mitigation will be minimal, meaing they don’t have a lot of industrial waste to clean up.
“I think once we start tapping into its true potential, then we’ll see that it becomes a true player for our residents and our citizens,” Adrianvala said.
They’re already working to demolish one boarded up building along Water Street. Adrianvala said that will come down within the next two weeks.
He told WAVY.com that the city is using state money for the cleanup, and by the end of the year it will be cleaner, more accessible, attractive and connected to surrounding neighborhoods, Norfolk State University and downtown.
He believes it will be a draw, especially for the younger generation. “If you look at other cities, the industrial-chic is catching on, and we have a working waterfront that has a lot of potential.”
Once people are down here using the property, he says it’ll become more attractive to businesses and developers.
“Giving people, and businesses and developers, and indeed the citizens, the freedom to explore what it can truly become.”
They do have some plans to show citizens what they think it could become. They’ll be revealed Wednesday during a public meeting.
You’re invited to attend from 4-6 p.m. at Norfolk City Hall.