New roads, parks and casino included in Norfolk’s early Harbor Park plans

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New roads, parks and casino included in Norfolk's early Harbor Park plans

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk leaders have revealed plans on how they would like to redevelop the city’s Harbor Park area.

What is now overgrown grass and former industrial sites in this section of downtown Norfolk along the Elizabeth River, could soon be parks and new economic development ventures.

Norfolk Tides baseball games are arguably the only thing drawing crowds to the area today.  

City management says they plan to use a $500,000 state grant to begin cleaning up the area. This week, the city will begin tearing down a long-abandoned building formally used by the Upton Storage Company.

By the end of the year, a park could possibly in its place.

“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 Zubin Adrianvala, a Norfolk City Management Analyst and project director.

What he and a team from Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates put together was a plan, funded by the EPA,  that focussed on research, planning and executing specific strategies for cleanup and redevelopment. 

“We have not found anything yet that has raised any red flags,” Adrianvala said. 

Several groups have already expressed interest in developing the site. That includes the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s plan for a Casino and the Foundation for the Advancement of African Descendants pitch for an African Museum of Arts and Culture

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