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Downtown Norfolk Council

Downtown Norfolk Council Annual Meeting




More than 600 Downtown supporters gathered on June 15 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for the DNC Annual Meeting. The main activity is to honor Downtowners selected by the DNC Board of Directors. This year’s honorees were Mayor Paul Fraim with the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award and Meredith and Brother Rutter with the Peter G. Decker Downtowner of the Year Award.

Guests networked and visited a variety of exhibitors prior to the program. Remarks from the honorees were inspiring and spoke to the amazing and ongoing transformation of Downtown and the passion and dedication it takes to make our community such a success.

We also welcomed the elected officers and directors for the upcoming year. Chair, Jim Wofford, General Manager, MacArthur Center; Vice-Chair, Melodi Albert, Vice President Management Development, Dominion Enterprises; Treasurer, Taylor Harrell, Senior Vice President Hampton Roads Region, Southern Bank. Newly elected to the Board of Directors are: Hugh Cohen, Cohen Investment Group;  Kathy Ferebee, TowneBank;  Joe LaFond, McPhillips, Roberts & Dean;  Andrew Paul, Norfolk Southern; Mel Price, Work Program Architects; Eva Wiggins, Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate.

If you missed the meeting, or just want to see them again, you can check out the full video tributes produced by Bear In Mind Strategies.

Lifetime Achievement Award, Mayor Paul Fraim.

Peter G. Decker Downtowner of the Year, Brother and Meredith Rutter.

Summer Restaurant Week is July 17 – 24

Who wants to cook on a hot summer night? Get out of the kitchen and take advantage of Downtown Restaurant Week savings and delicious dining options July 17 – 24.

Make plans for Restaurant Week (reservations are recommended) to enjoy lunch or dinner, or both!  And remember, monthly parking pass hours are good until 9pm and on-street parking is free after 6pm.

Also, look out for our Restaurant Week contest where you can #DowntownRW to show off your fantastic Instagram-worthy food pictures for a chance to win a $50 Downtown Restaurant gift card

You can check out participating restaurants and menus here and a big thank you to our generous sponsors who help make Restaurant Week possible.


Hunter House Victorian Museum Free Tours 

During the month of August the Hunter House Victorian Museum is offering FREE tours for Downtown residents and workers. Click here for the coupon. This is a great opportunity for locals who have never been to experience this historical treasure in Freemason or a fun activity to do with out of town guests. Click here for more information and hours.


Downtown Development Opportunities

As Hampton Roads’ center of commerce and a major lifestyle hub, Downtown Norfolk offers valuable advantages for the business community. Right now, Downtown Norfolk is home to a number of unique commercial properties that hold opportunity for those looking to invest in a historic building and create an authentic urban experience for clients and employees alike. Many can also be adapted for residential on upper floors and retail or restaurant uses on the ground floor. Sites like the School of Rock, the former Quality Shops and Palace on Plume are rich with history and character and often much more affordable than ground-up development. There are a number of buildings also eligible for historic tax credits. Browse Downtown Norfolk Council’s commercial real estate listings and available street level properties for more options.


First Fridays will not take place in July. Please enjoy the 34th Annual Great American Picnic and Fireworks July 4th at Town Point Park. 

Recent News Articles

The Brick Anchor Helps Secure the Future of Granby Street, June 2, 2016, HR Scene
Go In with A Plan When Dining at Texas de Brazil, June 5, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot
Norfolk’s arts district about to get public neon display, June 7, 2016, Southside Daily
Developer proposes 120-room boutique hotel for Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk, June 10, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot
ON THE PAYROLL SOON: Spokesman says ADP will be open for business in Norfolk on June 27, June 10, 2016, Inside Business
In Orlando shooting's aftermath, Hampton Roads businesses offer support, June 13, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot
A vision in glass: Norfolk's planned art-themed hotel, June 14, 2016,The Virginian-Pilot
The Fudgery plans return to revamped Waterside District, June 14, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot
Rutters and Fraim honored by Downtown Norfolk Council, June 15, 2016, Inside Business 
Norfolk and Portsmouth hoping to ride toward bike-sharing program together, June 15, 2016, WTKR
Roger Chesley: In with the old and the new, June 18, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot
Virginian-Pilot editorial: The engineer of Norfolk's growth, June 26, 2016, The Virginian-Pilot

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Each month, we will feature some of our favorite Downtown Norfolk photos shared on Instagram. Post your pictures and tag #DowntownNorfolk to be featured!

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