Thursday, August 07, 2008

Let's hope the Portsmouth Planning Commission doesn't "settle"

Seems that the developer of New Port at Victory here in Portsmouth has decided they don't want to build condos; they want to build apartments.

From the Virginian-Pilot's own Jen McCaffery: Portsmouth defers vote on changes to New Port plan.
The city's planning commission on Tuesday deferred a vote again on the final phase of the New Port development.

Owner Portsmouth Venture One, which is affiliated with Virginia Beach developer L.M. Sandler & Sons, asked that their request be taken up again in November.

The owner is seeking to change the final phase of the project and build 300 apartments and retail space, instead of 427 condominiums.
I say they either build what they said they were going to build or they build nothing at all and the land remains fallow.

I make the same recommendation for the old Holiday Inn property along the Elizabeth River. If you can't do it right, don't do it at all.

My fear, of course, is that our elected and appointed leaders would rather have something, even if it's way past second best, than nothing.

How wrong that would be.

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