Norfolk gets $500,000 grant to revitalize former Boathouse site

A stretch of prime waterfront property in Norfolk is about to get big improvements

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The push to revitalize the waterfront near Harbor Park continues.

The city received a $500,000 grant to improve the site around the former Boathouse. 

The Boathouse was considered a popular music venue, but closed down in 2003. 

Later, it was bulldozed and the site has stood untouched since then. 

City leaders secured a grant from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance fund to transform the area into a site ripe for economic development opportunities. 

Norfolk City spokeswoman, Lori Crouch said this money is a big jumpstart for the project.

"This is building the coastal community of the future," said Crouch.

In total, Norfolk has now received more than $1 million investment from federal and state agencies over two years for this waterfront property. 

Crouch said, "So far we've done a lot of planning we've looked at you know testing remediation, understanding what was here to figure out kind of what we're dealing with, and this grant money will actually turn some dirt and let us do that."

City staff from the Office of Resilience and Public Works are reviewing options to improve the property.

An official rendering of the project from the city suggests adding a fishing pier, a kayak launch and relocating a ferry terminal to the area near the old Boathouse site. 

"We were looking at how do you make it more dense, more residential, bluer, greener more commercial," said Crouch.

Norfolk Masterplan Rendering by 13News Now on Scribd

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