Storm threat forces Fall Homearama to end Friday

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 10:34 AM

NORFOLK - This year's Fall Homearama was supposed to end Sunday, but the threat from Hurricane Sandy forced officials to close the doors at the end of the day today.

The latest in home building techniques, home design, fashion and more are on display at the 2012 Fall Homearama.

The annual event from the Tidewater Builders Association is in Norfolk's East Beach community on the Chesapeake Bay.

Houses were built between East Beach Drive and Pleasant Avenue and are ready to for you to move in and settle into life at the beach.

The master plan for East Beach, a $500 million development, includes a minimum of 700 residences, neighborhood restaurants, boutique shops, a Bay Front Club, unique parks and public places, as well as business offices.

Event officials say the first streetscape in the neighborhood was created for Homearama 2004, after the city of Norfolk and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority cleared the once-blighted area. East Beach is a public-private initiative that includes the city of Norfolk, the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority and East Beach Co. LLC.

Six years later, the community was host to Homearama 2010, featuring nine homes, plus The Villas at East Beach.

This year's Homearama site represents the next to last phase of purely residential development being planned in the neighborhood, which is designed as a mixed-use community with commercial amenities in the mix, according to Bart Frye, managing partner for East Beach Co. LLC.

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