Poor old South Norfolk began to fall into decline after it became a part of Chesapeake in 1963. In the past 15 years, however, there have been massive efforts to turn things around for the little town, including a new street scape, which included resurfaced streets, new sidewalks and crossways, and streetlights. The nearby Elizabeth River Park and boat ramp has been expanded, and though construction continues, this location is expected to be a popular new venue for festivals and concerts someday soon.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, many residents of the former South Norfolk believe their community’s growth was stunted 42 years ago when it merged with Norfolk County to create the city of Chesapeake.
They say the move siphoned tax dollars from their community and rerouted them to other parts of the fledgling city. Greenbrier and Great Bridge, which were just being developed, received much of the focus.
The Gateway at SoNo, the city’s first major redevelopment project generated by the city’s South Norfolk Revitalization Plan. When completed, The Gateway at SoNo, which will span 6 acres (24,000 m2), will feature 133 condominiums and loft apartments as well as 54,000 square feet (5,000 m2) of retail and office space. Harris-Judah LLC, the builder/developer behind The Gateway at SoNo, has announced that affordable, single family homes are available in Chesapeake’s South Norfolk area. The homes, which are row-style, are located on B Street and a total of approximately 15 will be available.