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Dec 29

Water Street Open Space Now Open!

Posted on December 29, 2021 at 8:58 AM by Stephanie Daniel

Water Street Open Space, located in Harbor Park at 1119, 1125, and 1155 Water Street, is now open to the public! 

The site is open to the public and provides visitors with a new, improved view in Harbor Park. Through the provision of the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) Site Remediation Grant, the City of Norfolk demolished an existing delipidated structure onsite and developed Water Street Open Space. Encompassed in the site design are native plantings, stormwater elements to include bioretention meadows, bioretention soils, and vegetated meadow areas, along with repurposing the existing slab remaining from a demolished former storage building into a plaza/gathering area. As a result of the VBAF grant, and Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield funds utilized to conduct environmental site assessments, a blighted site alongside of the Downtown waterfront corridor is activated and greatly improved the area through green space, environmental capping, and accessibility. 

Check out a video of the space here!

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