Downtown Norfolk, VA

Undeveloped downtown transforms into a Regional Center

UDA has served as urban design consultant for the City of Norfolk since 1989, when we developed the Downtown 2000 Master Plan. Initial interventions like the Tidewater Community College downtown campus and the Granby Street improvements catalyzed an entire revitalization of Norfolk’s city center. UDA has since updated this plan twice and continues to inform drastic transformations to the downtown fabric including light rail, entertainment, retail, urban residential, true mixed-use (instead of multi-use), and civic interventions. 

All of our work includes a collaborative effort between the City departments, landowners, residents, and private development community. Our plans continue to create a framework for development in which individual projects, coordinated with public investment, rebuild the downtown as a 24-hours, 7-days-a-week center for the region.