PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Portsmouth is gearing up for a new roadway with a very popular name.
City officials, along with the Finney-Smith Foundation and Portsmouth Public Schools, hosted a press conference Friday to announce new details regarding the Missy Elliott Street Renaming Ceremony.
Elliott, a five-time Grammy-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, was born and raised in Portsmouth.
The street serves the Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College, and the future Portsmouth Rivers Casino. The suggestion was presented to Portsmouth City Council by resident Erin Carter.
“I submitted a request for a street name change in the city of Portsmouth and the city council voted unanimously to change approve Maclean street and name it missy Elliot Boulevard,” explained Carter at Friday’s press conference.
Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover announced Missy Elliott’s return to the city for the unveiling set to happen on October 17.
A parade will follow the unveiling and be held at 3:30 p.m. on the Manor High School football field.
Several HBCU bands will be performing including Norfolk State University, Hampton University, and more. Governor Glenn Youngkin and Congressman Bobby Scott are also anticipated to be in attendance.
Stay with WAVY.com for local news, weather, traffic and day of coverage for the unveiling of Missy Elliott Boulevard.