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Posted on: August 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Military Circle Mall Redevelopment Online Public Input Forum

A process to solicit community input on each of the three Military Circle Mall Redevelopment Proposals

NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Economic Development Authority (EDA) is seeking public input on the future of Military Circle Mall.  The public is encouraged to provide feedback for the overall project goals and the three redevelopment proposals released August 6. This next phase in the redevelopment process ensures the community’s voice is heard on this strategic and vital property. Gathering community feedback at this stage of the process provides City leadership with valuable input which will be used in the decision-making process going forward. 

The EDA released the executive summaries of the proposals and renderings from the following teams:

  • The Crossroads Partnership
  • Norfolk MC Associates
  • Wellness Circle, LLC 

“The release of the executive summaries will provide the public an opportunity to review the overall scope of the development plans. City Council and the EDA Board has placed major emphasis on gaining public input as part of this process and this online forum is another step in that direction,” - Jared Chalk, Executive Director of the EDA & Director of Development.

To view each of the proposals, get detailed information on the Military Circle Mall redevelopment process and provide your input on the project visit: 

https://norfolkdevelopment.com/military-circle-mall-redevelopment/.

In 2012, the Urban Land Institute completed a Technical Assistance Report on the Future of the Military Circle Corridor. The Report for the Military Highway Corridor was requested by the City of Norfolk's Planning Department; supported by the Hampton Roads District Council of ULI and coordinated by a Community Outreach Committee.   In 2014, the EDA purchased the former JCPenney’s and parking lot for $2.3 million and redeveloped the space into the “820 Building”, a modern new office building. 

The Urban Development Area Plan was adopted by Norfolk City Council in January of 2017, and was developed over a year-long planning process, The vision for the Military Circle / Military Highway Urban

Development Area was built from the ground up with extensive outreach and citizen and stakeholder involvement. The four core avenues for involvement included an advisory committee composed of property owners, business owners and residents in the area, as well as a member from City Council and the City Planning Commission, key stakeholders in the broader community, civic leagues and City and HRT staff. In addition, the process included two well publicized citizen involvement meetings and work sessions and briefings with the City Planning Commission and City Council.

In May of 2020, the 824 building was sold for $20 million which facilitated the EDA to acquire the remaining Military Circle Mall and former Doubletree Hotel.

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