August 20, 2008

Beach Hires Consultant for Hotel Proposals City News at a Glance

VIRGINIA BEACH | City officials have tapped a consultant to help sift through four proposals for a headquarters hotel at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The selection of national firm HVS was announced Tuesday by the Virginia Beach Development Authority.

HVS will be paid nearly $98,000 to do a feasibility study, help evaluate the four plans and potentially work on any related agreements in the future, said Rob Hudome, an economic development official.

The City Council isn't expected to make a decision on which plan it might choose until early next year.

The plans being reviewed are from Armada Hoffler; Garfield Traub Development, a Dallas firm working with the architects who designed the Convention Center; Harmony Hospitality, a local firm that operates the Doubletree Hotel on 19th Street; and Garrison Walker Financial LLC, a development newcomer to the Beach.

- Richard Quinn

Virginia Beach

city looks at values of burton station

The city will pay $45,000 to find out how much land might be worth in a redeveloped Burton Station.

The Virginia Beach Development Authority approved a contract with LandMark Design Group on Tuesday to look at land values under three potential development plans, said Warren Harris, the Beach's economic development director.

The fate of the Burton Station neighborhood, near Norfolk International Airport, has been debated for decades.

Harris said the plans under consideration include redeveloping the area into mostly commercial property, keeping it mostly residential or creating a mixed-use corridor that blends the two.

Steve Herbert, deputy city manager, expects the report to be done in a matter of weeks.

- Richard Quinn


storage lot towing fees increased

It will cost you more if your car or truck is towed to a city storage lot because it is improperly parked.

The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Tuesday increasing fees for two of three classes of cars and trucks.

The fee for most cars and trucks will increase to $135 per vehicle from $105. Heavier trucks and cars, weighing 8,800 pounds or more, will cost $165, up from $150.

Any vehicle weighing 18,000 or more pounds will cost $285, which remains unchanged.

The fees were increased to compensate tow truck operators for rising fuel costs.

Cars and trucks are usually towed to the city storage lot by private towing companies for being parked illegally on public or private property.

- Harry Minium

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