VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach city leaders invited the public to weigh in on the plan to bring new life to the central beach entertainment district on Wednesday.
City leaders and developers held a public workshop where you can comment on the proposal. There will also be an online survey.
The Dome site, located between 18th and 20th Streets off of Pacific Avenue, is currently a parking lot. But before it was bulldozed in 1994, the Dome featured big musical acts.
Deputy City Manager Ron Williams said the city has looked for decades to find the perfect project to put on the 10 acre lot. One of the most important aspects to the city is finding something that is an attraction year-round.
Williams said the city draws about 15 million visitors per year.
The city, along with Venture Realty Group, is conducting studies and analyses to help transform the area.
The concept will include:
- Minimum 3,500 seat capacity live entertainment performance venue
- Unique/new to market retail
- Unique/new to market authentic restaurants
- Additional entertainment concepts
- Possible residential units
- Year-round programming attractive to both locals and tourists
After getting public input and getting completing the studies, project leaders will know more about parking, economic impact, and have a better idea on the project price tag.
The total price should be calculated by May. Right now, Williams guesses it'll be about $300 million.
Developers hope to break ground by the end of this year.