Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mixed-use tower now under construction in Downtown

Well, construction on Granby Tower has evidently started. I say evidently because until I actually see a crane on site, I'm going to have to take it on faith.
Construction has begun at Granby Tower, a 34-story condominium/townhome project that will be the city's tallest building, developer Buddy Gadams told the Downtown Norfolk Council today.

Gadams, president of Marathon Development, said Suburban Grading and Utilities of Norfolk recently began a "multi-million dollar" relocation of utilities in the area that will take several months....

Marathon began driving test pilings late last year, but for many months there was no construction at the site at Granby Street and Brambleton Avenue. That led to speculation, amid a nationwide slowdown in the housing market, that the project might be in trouble.

However, Gadams announced a timeline Wednesday for the 309-unit building that has it opening in July of 2008. "This project is moving forward," he said.

He also announced the project will include 15,000 square feet of office space. It will be on the second floor, atop 15,000 square feet of retail space. He said he decided to add the office space after several people who purchased condos asked about renting small offices.
I think this is great news for Norfolk and the southside of Hampton Roads. I'd feared the federal government was going to take the land eminent domain and scuttle the whole project; latest word on the courthouse expansion is that they're going to build up -- a seven story tower in the current courthouse courtyard -- rather than out.

Let's see the skyline change!

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