The Public Weighs in on Virginia Beach Project

On February 14, 2018, the last of the participants in a written survey turned in their answers to the question: What should be done with the old Dome site in Virginia Beach?


The “Dome” was the nickname given to the Alan B. Shepard Convention Center, also known as the Virginia Beach Civic Center, which was built in 1958 between 18th and 20th streets. The 1,000-seat facility at the oceanfront was the site for concerts and events but was torn down in 1994.

The City of Virginia Beach contemplates transforming the vacant site into a mixed-use, family-friendly destination. To that end, City officials put out a survey asking residents what they would like to see built at the 10.35-acre location. More than 2,500 people responded. Here are a few of their suggestions:

  • Live music venue
  • Entertainment venue and cafes with a “park feel”
  • Skate park
  • Areas for food trucks and outdoor dining
  • Surf park

Only 12 percent of the respondents turned thumbs down on a surf park. However, water was high on the list of priorities: More than 90 percent of respondents wanted refill stations for water bottles. Many survey participants also liked the idea of accessibility with bus or trolley service, bike racks and the availability of bike rentals.

The City of Virginia Beach will take the results of the survey into consideration as they go forward with planning the rebirth of something new and different at the old Dome site.


The Local Scene

Fun Summer Events in Newport News

If you are new to our area, you may be looking for fun things to do this summer. Here are three events in Newport News you won’t want to miss:


A World-Famous Attraction

If you like amusement parks, you’re definitely in luck if you are a Hampton Roads resident, because you are practically within shouting distance of world-famous Busch Gardens Williamsburg.


Fun Dining Off the Beaten Path

If you’ve just arrived in Newport News, you are probably busy trying to find your way around town. That’s hard work and sooner or later, you’re going to get hungry. While you can find virtually any kind of food you want in our area, you may be interested in knowing which restaurants have long been favorites among the locals. Here are two that, while as different from each other as night and day, might offer just what you’re looking for in a satisfying dining experience.


At One with the Sea in Hampton Roads

“Water, water everywhere,” is what you might be thinking if you just moved to the Hampton Roads area from, say, the corn belt or the mountains of Utah. Perhaps you’re here to take up a new job, or you’ve come to our area to be closer to your grown children and their families. Whatever the reason, we’re delighted you’re here, but we also realize that life in southeastern Virginia may represent a bit of a change for you.


Getting Out and About in Newport News

If you like the great outdoors, you’ll love living in Newport News. Thanks to the moderate weather, you can be outside much of the year. If you are new to the area, here are a few suggestions to start you off on the right outdoor track:



Staging your Home for Sale—6 Great Tips

As a REALTOR®, I have witnessed many a prospective buyer’s reaction to the appearance of a home that is up for sale. I have listened to their comments and made mental notes about their likes and dislikes, what they found attractive and what turned them off. Some of the comments were universal, and I’ve put together a list of those I’ve heard most often. With that list as the foundation, here are six great tips for staging your home so you can impress the next potential buyer who comes through the door.


Location Matters

You no doubt have a wish list for your dream home, and that includes the location. The things that are important to you now will likely have an effect on the value of your home in coming years, if and when you decide to sell. But finding a good match—dream home vs. location—is not always easy.


Choosing Your Ideal Neighborhood

If you’ve lived in the Hampton Roads area for a while, you may be familiar with many of the neighborhoods. However, if you’re coming here from another state or a distant city, finding the neighborhood where you and your family will feel most comfortable will take a little research.


Will a Move to Newport News Benefit Your Business?

If you’re looking for a mid-Atlantic location that offers more exposure for your business plus the kind of family environment you want, Newport News might just be the answer.


Soothing the Moving Blues

Everybody hates moving, beginning with the task of finding the most responsible movers at a price that won’t make you faint. I’ve been in your shoes, and as a REALTOR®, I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to offer some advice to my clients both from my own experience and from the “adventures” that others have shared with me. To that end, here are five tips that I hope will make the effort of moving from one home to another a bit easier.



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