Monday, May 16, 2022

Former Boathouse site to be revitalized with $500K grant

The city has received $500,000 to develop the former Boathouse site along the Elizabeth River in Harbor Park. (Courtesy of the city of Norfolk)

NORFOLK – When Hurricane Isabel descended upon Norfolk in 2003, it devastated parts of the Southside. A casualty to the powerful storm, local music fans lost the Boathouse located along the edge of the Elizabeth River in Harbor Park.

More than 14 years later, the city has been granted $500,000 the clean up the former music hall’s site along the river, clearing up waterfront space for new developments.

“We are grateful that the Commonwealth continues to support our work to become the resilient and environmentally sustainable waterfront community of the future,” Mayor Kenny Alexander said in a news release. “This grant is another example of the partnership with the Commonwealth support for our innovative initiatives that will strengthen neighborhoods and improve our quality of life.”

The funding from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund will support cleaning up the site deemed a Brownfield – a “property whose future use may be complicated by its legacy use and the potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

The city’s redevelopment of the Harbor Park is focused on resilience and working towards building the “coastal community of the future, create economic opportunity, and strengthen neighborhoods.”

To date, the city has received more than $1 million from federal and state agencies to clean up and redevelop property in and around Harbor Park.

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