Up until 2002 you couldn’t even get a pizza delivered to East Beach. Being that East Beach was the worst crime ridden slum in Norfolk, that cost the city 2 more million a year in health & police expenditures. Crime was so terrible that there were only 300 families out of the 1600 homes that occupied the area.
In 1998 it was recommended that this unsafe un-zoned area be transformed into a beach front community that would be more pleasant for the city and would be able to increase tax profits for the underprivileged areas of Norfolk.
After all the meetings and legal lingo, the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) was prepared to make this beautiful dream come alive. A handful of options were provided to the remaining families that would help assist them with relocation.
And with all that, the building started and became what is now an Multi Award Winning Community.
So there ya go a little history on what was once the ugly duckling of Norfolk now the swan of the city.