Urban Outfitters is on the Norfolk Design Review’s agenda for this Monday. Does it mean anything?
There’s good news and bad news for those of us who are champions of Downtown Norfolk, and who desperately want to see it thrive.
The good news is that if you look at Norfolk Design Review Committee’s preliminary agenda for its September 19th meeting, you will find this line, innocously listed under ‘B. Downtown Certificate of Appropriateness’:
b. 269 Granby Street/Urban Outfitters – Exterior Renovation/alteration, installation of signage.
According to Norfolk City Planner Frank Duke, “A CoA is a requirement for exterior modifications to a building in an historic district. This would include proposed signage.” The meeting is scheduled to take place Monday at 3:00pm in the 10th Floor Conference Room at City Hall.
The bad news is that I have had a draft of an article with this exact headline in AltDaily’s backend system since September 10, 2009 at 10:43 am. So this talk has been going on for a while without any movement.
According to Bobby Wright of The Wright Company, owners of the building–which currently is the home of Time Lounge–while there have been discussions with Urban Outfitters, there is nothing to report right now. He said he was not sure how the project ended up on Design Review’s agenda.
More to come as details emerge.