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Here’s an update on that coworking space in Newport News

This building is located in the southeast community in Newport News. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood newsletter)
This building is located in the southeast community in Newport News. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood newsletter)

A building in the southeast community of Newport News is getting a facelift and a new purpose.

The new coworking space, 2506 Jefferson Ave., will be used to help small businesses and business startups with technical assistance, management workshops and expert advice on business planning, industry research, accounting and capital sources, according to the Marshall-Ridley Choice January newsletter.

The building is part of the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood Initiative and was supposed to be complete in the first quarter of 2020.

It’s now scheduled for the summer of this year.

“The few months difference can be attributed to the challenges of dealing with an older building and that things just took a little longer than anticipated,” Kim Lee, spokeswoman for the city, wrote in an email.

The original evaluation for the building was made in November 2018 and was “our best guess at the time,” Kim added.

The $1.7 million project is being funded by city bonds and a $480,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

The goal is to renovate the structure and preserve the building’s facade.

Ritchie-Curbow Construction Company Inc., based in Newport News, has started working on the site and later this month residents will see more activity there, according to the city’s newsletter.

The construction company built the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport parking garage as well as other projects on the Peninsula, including the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

The Newport News Economic Development Authority and a third party entity will manage the site once the project is complete.

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Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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