Downtown Norfolk Council is excited to announce a dog walk is being added to Downtown’s growing list of amenities. This project is a partnership between the City, Marathon Development and Downtown Norfolk Council.
Buddy Gadams, president of Marathon Development Group, reached out to Downtown Norfolk Council and the Downtown Norfolk Civic League in 2014 advocating the addition of a dog walk in Downtown. His company has been instrumental in several real estate developments that have brought new residents to Downtown including The Wainwright, 220 West, The Metro, The James, The Law Building, 450 Boush and The Rockefeller Norfolk. His company is also currently renovating the Bank of America building, which will add 300 more apartments within the next year, in addition to the Tazewell.
Over the past two years, Downtown Norfolk Council has worked with the City and landscape architect Ann Stokes to develop the concept. The site at 416 Granby is owned by the City, and Gadams donated $40,000 to cover the development costs.
“Approximately 30% of Downtown residents have dogs,” said Mary Miller, president and CEO of Downtown Norfolk Council. “This has been a great collaboration that will enhance the urban lifestyle and provide our dogs owners with a quality fenced dog walk. Downtown Norfolk Council’s team will manage the area to ensure it is an asset to Downtown.”
“Marathon Development is excited to partner with DNC and the City of Norfolk to help make the dog walk an asset for the city’s residents for years to come,” commented Gadams.
The location is adjacent to Muddy Paws, a boutique pet supply and services store at 400 Granby Street that opened in March. Muddy Paws also provides full grooming services for a complete pet spa experience.
“Hampton Roads is extremely pet friendly,” said Raffael Allen, regional property manager with Drucker and Falk. “Until now, we haven’t had a place in Downtown Norfolk for dogs to exercise and get some time outside. This addition is a huge benefit for residents and visitors.”
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space will finalize the design since it oversees the established dog parks in various City parks and open spaces. The City partners with civic leagues and dog park associations to provide these dog parks to the community. These parks provide an area where dog owners can allow their dogs to run leash free, subject to certain park rules.