Hundreds line up to work at new Waterside District

The line for a job fair at the new Waterside District on Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo courtesy: Stephanie Harris)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — If the line to work at Waterside is any indication, the new district is about to make a big splash.

“They were looking for people who liked to have fun and its a family environment so I thought that would be exciting for me to join,” Alexis Johnson told 10 On Your Side.

She was one of hundreds who showed up Tuesday morning to fill 1,000 positions. Officials said Tuesday 900 people showed up for Tuesday’s hiring event.

Photos: Drone 10 over Waterside

The resurrection of the family friendly destination has been a long time coming. It first opened in 1983 to great fanfare, but business began to fall off in the 90s. City council approved Cordish Companies’ proposal to remake it in 2013.

“We’re 100 percent leased,” said Cordish Chief Operating Officer, Zed Smith. “We’ll be turning over to our tenants early next year, so there’s no question in my mind that we’re gong to make it.”

Cordish has been rolling out the tenants in waves, first announcing Star Hill Brewery. Then, last spring, local favorites Cogan’s Pizza and Carolina Cupcakery and last month, Blue Moon Tap House, the Fudgery and Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse.

“We’re really excited about the new tenants coming in. They still have a few surprises up their sleeve. These guys are really good at making the big announcement,” said Norfolk Development Director, Chuck Rigney.

Cordish’s Chief Operating Officer, Zed Smith, wouldn’t give any clues about those surprises, but pointed to the progress on site.

Construction crews are on target for an April opening.

Cordish says there will be another job fair later and training beginning early next year. They’ve been working with Norfolk Works. The city agency has been training and preparing Norfolk residents who are looking for work in an effort to hire as many locals as possible.

The Waterside District is expected to open in Spring 2017.

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