Norfolk outlet mall rezoning approved by city council

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Tuesday evening, Norfolk City Council voted and approved the re-zoning of the Lake Wright Golf Course so it can be turned into a retail outlet mall.

Council held a public hearing on the topic. Two people signed up to speak, with only one of them speaking out against the project.

“I think it would be a shame for the Norfolk City Council to approve the re-zoning of the property and allow for the destruction of a great golf course that served this city for 50 years,” said William Jackson, a Norfolk resident. “And for what? Another shopping mall.”

Deputy City Manager Ron Williams said project infrastructure is the next part of the project the city will focus on. There are already renderings for the Premium Outlets, which will be located on 40 acres of Northampton Boulevard on the Norfolk and Virginia Beach city line. The final design for the mall needs to be approved.

Additionally, roads will need to be added to the property. Williams said Norfolk and Simon Property Group, the project developer, will work with VDOT and Virginia Beach on developing a plan for roads throughout the property.

The majority of the outlet mall will be in Norfolk. Originally, a parking lot and a mall access road were planned for Virginia Beach. City of Virginia Beach spokesman Marc Davis said Simon withdrew a re-zoning request for the parking lot. Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch said that lot will now be on the Norfolk side.

Davis said a site plan for the outlets has not been submitted in Virginia Beach, which means the access road may or may not cross city lines.

Virginia Beach City Council recently voted on and approved a resolution that said city staff must brief council before moving ahead with a road to the outlet mall.

Williams said Norfolk and Virginia Beach are in constant communication about the project.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2015.

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