Contemporary Townhomes Set Stage for Central Hampton Boulevard Revitalization

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Thu, 11/04/2010

A ground breaking for 14 contemporary EarthCraft townhomes will be held at 11am November 12 on 26th Street between Hampton Boulevard and Bowdens Ferry Road. Keynote speakers will include Norfolk Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot and EarthCraft Virginia Executive Director KC McGurren.


Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is teaming with Howerin Construction on the green-built residences, expected to be priced from $169,000 to $215,000, and are within walking distance of Ghent and Old Dominion University.


The development is a key component in the revitalization of the Central Hampton Boulevard corridor which has the major goals of improved traffic flow, enhanced walkability, resolve land use conflicts, attract neighborhood-oriented retail businesses and foster a vibrant mixed income community.


Nestled in the historic Lamberts Point neighborhood, the units will feature two and three bedrooms, with options of two master suites, ranging from 1,280 to 1,440 square feet. These two-story units feature higher quality and higher amenity levels over larger size. The residences will be distinctly positioned in the market at reasonable/great value price points, contemporary architecture and urbane interior design appealing to young professionals. Units will have rear garages and on-street visitor parking.


Units will meet EarthCraft standards by including low voltage and energy efficient fixtures, programmable thermostats, EnergyStar appliances and equipment, tankless water heaters, dual-flush toilets and flow-restrictor shower heads. Interior finishes will include recycled material countertops and flooring, renewable forest wood flooring and cabinets, natural or recycled fiber carpeting and padding and more. Green construction methods are expected to be employed, such as pre-engineered wall sections, a maximum of 5% materials waste and donation of surplus materials to the Habitat for Humanity Store in Norfolk for recycling.


Reflecting a departure from the usual styling of local townhouse projects, the concept of this new development will strike a balance between the traditional architecture of Norfolk’s heritage neighborhoods and full-fledged modern design.


Site improvements to the area have been completed and consist of rebuilding and reconfiguring West 26th Street west of Hampton Boulevard including the intersection with Bowdens Ferry Road. Improvements to 26th Street include a parking lane, widened sidewalks and upgraded storm drainage. New water and sewer lines and all overhead utilities will be placed underground.


Lamberts Point was originally intended for commercial and industrial use during the late 1800s when more docks were required for the booming coal business. A residential area sprung up nearby in order to house the families of coal workers. According to Norfolk’s historian, Peggy Haile McPhillips, “turn-of-the-century census records indicate that many early residents of Lamberts Point were involved in the coal industry, an example of an industry or commerce-driven neighborhood developed in order that laborers might live close to their jobs.”

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EarthCraft VA
EarthCraft Virginia provides a certification process for single family and multifamily projects. It serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduces utility bills and protects the environment. EarthCraft House is your best assurance for a quality home.

Lamberts Point Neighborhood Amenities

Lamberts Point Recreational Center
This new 24,290 square foot community center is adventure-themed and features a 25-foot climbing wall. Other amenities at Lamberts Point include a regulation-sized basketball gym, computer lab, arts and crafts room, fitness studio, game room and meeting room with commercial kitchen. Lamberts Point is the City of Norfolk's first official "green" building with many environmentally friendly elements. The community center is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.


Lamberts Point Golf Course
Located behind the Old Dominion University Campus, Lambert's Point was designed by one of Americas best known golf course designers Lester George. The City of Norfolk made the commitment to design not only a golf course, but a complete Game Improvement Facility capable of supporting National Championship Collegiate golf. The beautiful 9-hole waterside golf course includes a 7500 square foot chipping area, 10,000 square foot putting green and covered and heated driving range.


Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university for high-performing students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a fast-paced and profoundly multi-cultural community.
With an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, the university offers 70 bachelors, 60 masters and 36 doctoral degree programs and 2 educational specialists’ degrees. ODU's eminent scholarship and innovative and engaging teaching foster nationally recognized programs. A determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships with government, business, industry, organizations, and the arts.
In addition to its 185-acre main campus in Norfolk, Old Dominion operates higher education centers in Hampton, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth and a thriving distance learning network.


The University Village
The University Village is a 75-acre mixed use development initiative by Old Dominion University. With the University, and its 24,000 students and 2,400 staff and faculty, in addition to the Ted Constant Convocation Center as anchors, The University Village is a destination all its own with restaurants, retail, recreational facilities, hotel, residential, office and research facilities.


The University Village provides indoor and outdoor dining with an eclectic collection of restaurants and casual dining establishments. Café tables dot the pedestrian area along Monarch Way and provide a gathering place for ODU students, staff and surrounding neighbors. There are two parking decks conveniently located adjacent to the retail area. They are located on 43rd and 45th Streets.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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