Va. Beach exploring proposal calling for surf park at Dome site, backed by Pharrell Williams

Credit: Venture Realty Group

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A proposal calling for a year-round surf park — among other things — for the old Dome site will be explored by Virginia Beach.

The proposal comes from Venture Realty Group — which was selected Tuesday as the preferred developer for the site by the Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority.

Venture’s proposal calls for a mixed-use development of restaurants, shops, apartments, offices and entertainment venues. These venues will be centered on the surf park, according to the proposal.

“It’s more exciting to me than anything I’ve seen in four years on the Development Authority. I’m really looking forward to enjoying it,” said Dorothy Woods, chairwoman of the Virginia Beach Development Authority.

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The development authority’s vote Tuesday creates an exclusive negotiation period that could lead to a development agreement with Venture.

Virginia Beach native and singer Pharrell Williams signed on as a partner in the project. He told 10 On Your Side he remembers going to parties inside the Dome before it was torn down in the 90s.

I’ve never forgotten my Virginia Beach roots and I look forward to creating something that will be enjoyed by everyone who lives in Hampton Roads, as well as those from across the country.  As a development partner, I am excited to work together with the team to create something very special.”

Venture now has 180 days to conduct research, analysis and studies necessary to complete the term sheet and development agreement, according to a press release from the city.