_City News

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Planning Commission backs requests for Armory, Comfort Zone, Phoebus pier

group with proclamation

Oct. 6, 2016 - The Hampton Planning Commission endorsed two measures that would allow the former National Guard Armory building at 504-520 N. King Street to become a brewpub, distillery and concert venue. The commission approved a change in zoning to allow the uses at that site and a use permit that would allow live entertainment. The city's Economic Development Authority recently approved a deal to sell the historic property to a group that would renovate the building.
Randy Thomas, the managing partner for the development group, said that the building will be very expensive to restore and develop, and part of making it work is the combination of the restaurant, brewery, distillery and live entertainment will create a venue "unlike anything on the East Coast." Thomas also said he was working to create sound wall fencing that would absorb noise and to move the patio stage away from the neighborhood, after some concerns were expressed.

In other actions, the Planning Commission:

--Approved a use permit to build a small public dock on Mill Creek on Water Street in Phoebus. A permit was previously issued but had expired. The city's Parks staff would be in charge of the pier, which would accommodate public launches of kayaks and canoes. It could also allow boaters to use a dinghy to visit Phoebus restaurants.

--Approved a live music permit for a new location for the popular Comfort Zone restaurant and dance club. The club needs to move from the current Riverdale Shopping Center, where it has been for 6 years, due to redevelopment. The new location is at 2165 Cunningham in Coliseum Corner.

--Celebrated a proclamation from Mayor Donnie Tuck naming October 2016 as Community Planning Month, noting Hampton's long and rich history of engaging residents, businesses and organizations in choices about the future of their community (see photo).

--Endorsed changes in the development that Franciscus Homes is building 1611 Power Plant Parkway. The changes allow for some of the buildings to be larger, creating more variety in floor plans and prices. The 125 units are projected to sell for between $180,000 to $250,000. The complex will include community gardens, kayak launch, walking trail.

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in _City News

snow graphic

Hampton snow-related closings

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Community Pool Days

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Prepare now for hurricane season

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Holiday closing list

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Turn in unwanted prescription drugs

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Neighborhood Award winners announced

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Race may lead to downtown detours

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Join the fun and walk Hampton clean

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

Posted on: March 17, 2016

It's time for time to spring forward

Posted on: March 11, 2016

City prepares for snow Friday afternoon

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Winter weather advisory issued for Friday

Posted on: February 11, 2016

Recycling dropoff sites available

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Health Insurance Enrollfest

Posted on: January 19, 2016

City preparing for snow, rain

Posted on: January 20, 2016