Plans unveiled to makeover downtown Norfolk eyesore

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by David Ham

WVEC.com

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 27 at 7:06 PM

NORFOLK--The Downtown Norfolk Council is hoping for a temporary solution to makeover an eyesore in the heart of the city's financial district.

The DNC is working with volunteers to build a park at the two-acre space on Main and Granby Streets where plans for a Westin hotel never came to fruition.

Until a new skyscraper is built on the parcel, the DNC hopes citizens will enjoy a park called "The Plot". A team of volunteers designed the project that features the showcasing of reclaimed materials. The space will feature an entertainment amphitheater, space for vendors, public art and a basketball court.

"It's gonna make a significant impact.  You can walk by a vacant storefront in downtown and not notice it, but you can't walk by this vacant site and not notice it," said Kevin Murphy of the Downtown Norfolk Civic League.

"We're a great downtown area in many ways but we don't have the sort of leisure places to live and breathe and enjoy yourself, so this is additional green space, additional play space, and additional innovation.  It's very cool," said AltDaily Blogger, Jesse Scaccia.

Organizers hope to start construction by February and are aiming for it to be open in time for OpSail in June.

 

 

 

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