Norfolk takes legal action against Savoy building developer

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The developer of a century-old downtown Norfolk building will have to meet the city in court.

City spokeswoman Lori Crouch said there has been no construction on the building at 161 Granby Street since city officials issued a notice last month for the developer to fix 25 building code violations or tear it down.

Most know that property as the leaning building downtown, but it’s been named “The Savoy” by a developer who purchased it to build condos and retail space.

The developer and building’s managing member, Thomas Prioreschi of Savoy Apartments, LLC, has tried to appeal the unsafe structure determination, but didn’t meet certain requirements for the appeal, and so no hearing was set, Crouch said.

Document: Criminal summonses for Savoy developer

He also did not meet the city’s deadline — August 3 — to submit a plan for repairs or demolition. Because of that, Prioreschi was served 12 criminal summonses for property maintenance violations, like failure to maintain exterior in good repair, failure to maintain foundation, and failure to maintain structural members.

The summonses were served Tuesday when Norfolk’s deputy city attorney met with Prioreschi.

WAVY News found several numbers for the developer, but was unable to reach anyone for comment Tuesday night. However, Prioreschi recently told the Virginian-Pilot he is still hoping to renovate the old building.

A court date is set for September 25 in Norfolk General District Court. The developer could face up to $30,000 in fines, if convicted.

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