High end bowling alley, brewery proposed for former industrial land at Lamberts Point

High end bowling alley, brewery proposed for former industrial land at Lamberts Point


(ANITA) THERE’S A PITCH FOR A NEW ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT IN NORFOLK. THE SITE SITS ALONG HAMPTON BOULEVARD BETWEEN THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD TRACKS AND WEST 27TH STREET. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LAURA CASO HAS REACTION FROM THOSE WHO WORK AND LIVE IN LAMBERT’S POINT. (LAURA) ACCORDING TO NORFOLK’S PLANNING DIRECTOR, THE PLAN IS TO TAKE FIVE EXISTING STRUCTURES (LAURA) — SEVERAL OF WHICH ARE HISTORIC — AND RENOVATE THEM USING HISTORIC TAX CREDITS. (LAURA CASO) A TOTAL TRANSFORMATION. YOU’RE LOOKING AT A SKETCH OF A BREWERY, BOWLING ALLEY, RESTAURANTS AND SO MUCH MORE IF SOME DEVELOPER’S HAVE THEIR WAY FOR NORFOLK’S LAMBERT’S POINT. IT’S TOTAL TRANSFORMATION OF THIS INDUSTRIAL SPACE INTO SOMETHING ITS NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET – WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN. DANIEL SHORT/OWNER, FANTOMWORKS CONCERNED.” HE OWNS THIS CAR RESTORATION COMPANY. THIS IS ACTUALLY A CAR I BUILT FOR MY WIFE. AND SAYS WHEN HE BOUGHT HIS BUILDING IN 2010 – WE ARE JUST TRYING TO GET THIS ONE FINISHED HE REVITALIZED IT. DANIEL SHORT/OWNER, FANTOMWORKS “THIS BUILDING WAS A TRAIN WRECK AND IT TURNED INTO AN ABSOLUTE DIAMOND THAT CAME OUT OF THE ROUGH. THE BUILDINGS AROSS THE STREET THEY NEED THE SAME THING, THEY REALLY LOOK BAD AND THEY COULD BE SO MAGNIFICENT.” HE DOESN’T THINK IT WILL HELP HIS BUSINESS, SINCE MOST OF HIS CLIENTELE AREN’T FROM THE AREA. BUT STILL, HE’S READY. DANIEL SHORT/OWNER, FANTOMWORKS “WHEN I LOOK ACROSS THIS ROAD ITS WORSE THAN EYE SORE, I SEE CRIME, I SEE ABANDONED BUILDINGS, I THERE. THAT ENTIRE AREA NEED TO GET REVITALIZED OR BULLDOZED AND I’D MUCH RATHER SEE IT REVITALIZED.” BUT ROBIN BERNATH WHO WE MET WALKING HER DOG IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD DOESN’T HAVE HER FOOT ON THE GAS PEDAL – AS MUCH. INCREASED TRAFFIC, THE NOISE AND LITTER AND THE AFFECT ON THAT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.” SO, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS? THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD WILL HEAR PLANS FOR THE PROPOSAL IN EARLY AUGUST. DANIEL SHORT/OWNER, FANTOMWORKS “I WANT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROPERTY ACROSS THE ROAD PROBABLY MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE IN HAMPTON ROADS. (LAURA) NORFOLK PROPERTY RECORDS STATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE LAND IS OWNED BY HALL, NANCY B REVOC TRUST AGREEMENT. LAURA CASO, 10 ON YOUR