Norfolk’s proactive efforts to seek grant funds to improve the waterfront near Harbor Park just paid off again.
Norfolk was awarded $500,000 from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund to improve the site around the former Boathouse. The improvements will assist in transforming the area into a site ripe for economic development opportunities.
“We are grateful that the Commonwealth continues to support our work to become the resilient and environmentally sustainable waterfront community of the future. 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,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander.
The City of Norfolk is viewing the redevelopment of the Harbor Park area through a resilience lens as we design the coastal community of the future, create economic opportunity, and strengthen neighborhoods. Counting the Governor’s recent grant announcement, Norfolk has received more than $1 million in total investment from federal and state agencies over two years for this strategic waterfront property.
City staff from the Office of Resilience and Public Works are reviewing options to improve the property. Remediation efforts will target improving the waterfront and the shoreline to stimulate redevelopment.
A brownfield is a property whose future use may be complicated by its legacy use and the potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.