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The Main Hotel and Conference Center
22 Stories About The Main,
Norfolk’s New Luxury Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

The Main
    1.  Construction is underway on Norfolk’s 22-story new hotel and conference center at the corner of Granby and Main Streets. It is scheduled to open in March 2017.
    2.  The Main will create 1,500 construction and permanent jobs. The Main will create $2 million in annual taxes for Norfolk. That’s just an estimate; the number is expected to grow! 
    3.  The City of Norfolk invested $86.6 million in the $146 million development to build on Norfolk’s great momentum. This investment is consistent with Norfolk’s contribution to other projects such as the Waterside Marriott conference center (also city-owned) and the Wells Fargo building.
    4. The city’s public amenities fund supports the $52.5 million cost of the conference center. That fund is supported by money spent in Norfolk hotels and restaurants, at a rate of more than $5 million a year. That’s more than enough to pay for the conference center without competing for dollars needed for education, public safety and roads.
    5. The people who park in the new $19.5 million parking garage will help pay for it.
    6.  You won’t find another hotel/conference center like The Main in Hampton Roads or anywhere else in the country. 
      • The Grain roof top beer garden will be located on the 9th level, providing nightly entertainment; it will have interior space of 6,000 square feet with two adjacent outside areas of 2,000 square feet each. One exterior lounge will be on the Main Street side facing the Elizabeth River. The second will be on the Plume Street side, facing Granby Street and the city. 
      • The ground floor will host Saltine, a restaurant featuring shellfish, seafood, and spirits. It will include a 65-seat craft cocktail and raw bar, with service to the pocket park on the corner of Granby and Main streets. This restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. 
      • One floor up visitors will find Varia, a restaurant serving three meals a day. It will be visible through the glass atrium. Varia will include a 77-seat wine studio with piano bar, pizza oven, and modern trattoria fare.
    7.  The Main will feature the largest grand ballroom in Virginia, with 18,500 square feet. 
    8.  The Exchange, the city-owned conference center, has 12,000 square feet of pre-function space – plenty of exhibit space -- no elbow knocking here!
    9.  A state of the art, 90-seat tiered meeting room will feature tech support at each station. 
    10.  A multi-media “think tank” room will offer a comfortable, collaborative space with couches and coffee tables, white boards and glass sliding doors to write on.
    11.  The Main’s street level glass atrium is inspired by the Time Warner Building in New York City and stands 100 feet tall, 75 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
    12.  An indoor pool will feature an outdoor deck overlooking the Elizabeth River, which may just be the city’s best spot overlooking the water to Portsmouth.
    13.  The 300 room luxury Hilton hotel compliments the Waterside Marriott and Sheraton hotels. Those spaces will allow Norfolk to host mid-sized conferences.
    14.  With the addition of the Waterside District, Norfolk will boost its offerings as a walkable waterfront community, and begin to draw even larger conferences.
    15.  Gold Key is already booking new conferences that have never been to Norfolk before.  In 2017 Gold Key is planning $11.4 million in room sales, $9 million in catering and $6 million in food and beverage sales. Bookings include more than 45,000 room nights. Bookings for 2017 so far include 31 groups with another 34 groups in negotiations – and there are still five months left in this year! Of those groups, 70 percent have never been to Norfolk or have not been to Norfolk in five years. And five bookings required involvement from multiple hotels. 
    16.  Think Grand Central Station on the street level of The Main.  This public space passes through to the Selden Arcade. Two escalators take you up to the hotel lobby.
    17.  The Main’s interior design and architecture features are inspired from top destinations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
    18.  The Decker building façade is out of storage and has been incorporated into The Main’s exterior design on Granby Street.VIDEO
    19.  A 24-hour continuous coffee break café inside The Exchange – Drinks and snacks around the clock so the work doesn’t stop.
    20.  The second floor lobby features 40-foot ceilings and a long promenade to the front desk.  
    21.  Design elements incorporate Norfolk’s military heritage and nautical lifestyle.
    22.  The developer added an additional 28 hotel rooms (bringing the total to 300) at the last minute and expanded the Presidential suite, as the market facts about Norfolk continued to suggest there is increasing demand for this kind of luxury hotel and conference facility in Norfolk.  

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