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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Due to slow ticket sales and a dip in dontations, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra begins the season already $1.5 million in debt.  Last year, the Symphony started with no debt, thanks in large part to Norfolk Southern Corp. and this year they are trying hard to raise money but as they are finding...

By Josh Schlesselman
(Long Realty)
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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A huge project like the light rail system in Norfolk called the TIDE needs to be transparent.  Apparently Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) doesn't think so.  Council members want numbers and projections and are not getting them.  The city nees to stay on top of this issue as many millions of dollars a...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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A while back I wrote a post on whether Waterside would stay or go.  Recently Norfolk city council decided Waterside would stay for a while.  The 25 year building will be getting a minor makeover costing several million dollars over the next few years.  When first built Waterside sparked a rebirth...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Arthur Collins is going to build a 385 unit condominium complex near Wards Corner in Norfolk.  The $60 million project is on Newport Ave and will replace the Riverside Terrace Apartments.  The new development has views of the Elizabeth River and will be called WaterMark.  The condos will be built...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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A man was arrested for openly carrying a gun to a festival at Waterside last year turned out to be bogus.  Apparently it is ok to walk around Harborfest in Norfolk or anywhere else you want with a six shooter strapped to your side.  The police arrested the man and where none to nice to him as he ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Wonder where the Nofolk Botanical Garden had its start?  It was part of the WPA 70 years ago.  It was created and dug out by over 220 African American women and men.  They worked for 25 cents an hour from dawn til dusk.  Now these people are being remembered with the WPA Memorial Garden.  The off...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Did you know that at times it takes an act of Congress to sell land.  Apparently NOAA owns a piece of land in downtown Norfolk on Front St that it bought from Norfolk back in the early 1970's.  Norfolk needs the piece of the land for its light rail system and the rest will be towards redevelopmen...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Here is something to think about as you bring your buyers along and they ask a a seemingly innocent question about what to do about the big tree down by the street.  Be careful how you answer because this is a true story.  A family on Melrose Parkway in Norfolk, Va recently decided to put a drive...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Sheriffs' in Virginia Beach are receiving $100 a month if they are proficient in Spanish.  The jail population here is growing larger every year and there are over 100 inmates who don't speak English.  The police department is looking at implementing a similiar program but need to find a source o...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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CM Developments' president will be liable for $9.1 miillion in debt.  This was because of an agreement filed in bankruptcy court recently.  Once the bankruptcy case is closed, creditors will be allowed to file claims against Cary McEntee in civil court and place liens against his wages and any re...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Norfolk schools will be getting new attendance zones by 2010 if school officials go through with plans recently announced.  The move could end crosstown busing that was imposed on the city decades ago by the courts.  Because the zones for the five hight schools haven't been redrawn in such a long...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Recently mosquitos in the Glenrock and Stoney Point area of Norfolk tested positive for the West Nile virus.  Both areas have been treated by the mosquito control division but as always the public should be careful.  People over 50 are at a greater risk then younger people.  What can you do to re...

By Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography
(B. Payden Photography, LLC)
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Below is a High Dynamic Range Image of the Mr and Mrs Alfred F Ritter Jr. Fountain at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The fountain is part of the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden. This image was recorded summer of 2008, the day was particularly hazy due to the wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp th...

By Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography
(B. Payden Photography, LLC)
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The Norfolk Botanical Garden is an 155 acre botanical garden with arboreatum located in Norfolk, Va. It is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged. The gardens date to the mid-1930s, when the city of Norfolk set aside 75 acres of high, wooded ground plus 75 acres of reservoi...

By Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography
(B. Payden Photography, LLC)
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Below is a recent example of a high dynamic range image created using Photomatix Pro 3. The image is of the Coronation Court at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The Coronation Court is where the Queen Azalea is crowned every year at the Norfolk International Azalea Festival. This image was created ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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I probably would not have mentioned this but the paper broke the big secret.  A big electrical storm recently hit the Norfolk International Airport.  The security cameras for Homeland Security were damaged and no longer work.  They won't be fixed until next year.  The airports security system sti...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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The city of Norfolk is looking for design proposals for two Town Point Park outdoor sculpture projects.  One project is an artwork that will act as a fence between Waterside Dr and the park near Nauticus.  The city will give $20,000 to the chosen artist.  The other design is for a water feature, ...

By Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography
(B. Payden Photography, LLC)
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Below is a recent HDR image I blended together using Photomatix. After Tone mapping I use the Tone Compressor function to keep the colors as close to the original as possible. This also has the effect of keeping the image looking more like a photo and less like a painting which the details enhanc...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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In another casualty of the economy, the former Clarion Hotel on Granby St in Norfolk will become office space.  Originally it was to become condos.  Then they thought maybe the city would buy it for the new library.  Now it is scheduled for to be a little above Class A in the rent department.  It...

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