Distinctive Coastal Residences Underway in Norfolk’s East Ocean View

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Ed Ware


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For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 04/25/2018

Breaking ground at 6th Bay Street

From left: John Kownack, NRHA Executive Director; Ann Bolen, East Ocean View Civic League President; Councilman Thomas Smigiel; Mayor Kenneth Alexander; Don Musacchio, NRHA Board of Commissioners Chairman; Councilwoman Andria McClellan; Douglas Smith, City Manager; Ken Benassi, NRHA Board of Commissioners; and Suzanne Puryear, NRHA Board of Commissioners.


Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) and City of Norfolk officials broke ground April 25 on the first of 40 distinctive new coastal residences nestled next to the Chesapeake Bay and the new 11-acre Bay Oaks Park on 5th to 7th Bay Streets in Norfolk’s East Ocean View neighborhood.

 Special guests included Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Councilman Thomas Smigiel, NRHA Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Musacchio and East Ocean View Civic League President Ann Bolen.

 Infrastructure construction on the 5th to 7th Bay Streets Development began in 2017 with extensive site re-grading, creation of a comprehensive underground storm water retention system and new street construction on 5th and 6th Bay Streets which includes a grassy median with a brick plaza and 16-foot granite median on 5th Bay Street. 

 Forty single-family homes will ultimately be developed with projected completion by summer 2019.  Phase 1 construction on the first 20 lots will begin this year in late-spring or early-summer for completion in late 2018.  Price points are expected to be in the $330,000 to $550,000 range.

 Nine members of the NRHA Builders and Designers Guild were selected to build the first 20 homes.  They are Associated Contracting Services, Inc. (two homes), Classic 3 Group, LLC (one home), EDC Homes (two homes), G & D Builders, Inc. (two homes), Howerin Construction Corp. (two homes), Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders (two homes), Murray Homes, Inc. (four homes), Real Developments Inc. (one home) and Richardson/Viridian Homes (four homes).

 Architecture of the new residences, which have Bay views, park views or are midblock, will be traditional Ocean View vernacular best expressed in the East Beach development 16 blocks to the south.  East Beach, co-developed by East Beach Company and NRHA, is the most awarded and successful residential development in Hampton Roads over the past decade. 

 NRHA-approved plans for two- and three-bedroom homes ranging from 1,792 to 2,583 square feet will be compatible with established architectural standards and designed in traditional coastal styles with contemporary interior finishes.  Plans will include carriage houses with two-car rear garages featuring living space above.

 All homes will be designed to meet nationally-certified energy efficiency and green design standards such as US Green Building Council LEED or Earth Craft.  Architectural and site details will include underground utilities, alleyways, porches, crawl space construction, fiber cement or natural cedar shingle exteriors and professional landscape planning that emphasizes native coastal plants. 

 Adjacent to the new development, 11-acre Bay Oaks Park features a diverse combination of natural open fields, native undergrowth, and stands of mature, towering trees including the live oaks for which the park is named.  Currently being developed by the City of Norfolk, the park will serve as a natural green space for the community.

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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 is an important driver of the local economy.

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