Here is a timeline of City actions regarding this plot.
November 2023: At its Nov. 14 meeting, City Council adopted an ordinance establishing Capital Project #100667 and transferred $4 million from the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) Fund as Pay-As-You-Go funding for the procurement of design services.
October 2023: Michael Kirschman, director of the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, presented a recommendation for a Request for Qualifications, or RFQ, procurement action at the Oct. 17, City Council Briefing. The City Council requested that a resolution be brought forward to advance the RFQ, which would establish a pool of qualified bidders. Once the resolution is written and sent to City Council, it will be open for public comment, then Council will vote on it.
September 2023: Following a status briefing from Planning Director Kathy Warren on Aug. 15, 2023, and discussion at the Retreat, City Council directed staff to cancel the Request for Information and Ideas (RFII) and asked the city manager to develop a recommendation for a Request for Qualifications procurement action. This would identify and hire an established park design consultant team to assist with moving the project forward. A timeline for that process is currently being developed.
March 28, 2023: City Staff and WPA briefed City Council on the results of the community engagement. City Council requested that a workshop be scheduled in late summer of 2023 to discuss funding/operational models, such as a conservancy.
Aug. 16, 2022: City Council was briefed on the four proposals submitted:
- Bruce Smith Enterprise, Madison Marquette Development Team and Armada Hoffler.
- Gold Key | PHR: Option 1 and Option 2 (Option 2 includes property not owned by the City).
- The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation and EDSA: Option 1 and Option 2.
- Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.
City Council requested that residents be provided an opportunity to provide their comments and input on the proposals. City staff partnered with Work Program Architects (WPA) and conducted community outreach that included the following opportunities for the public to participate:
- SpeakUpVB.com survey – “Reimagining Rudee Loop” – was open Nov. 21, 2022, through Jan. 29, 2023, for residents to review the amenities of each proposal and select their favorite. They were also able to comment on what they would like to see, and what they don’t want to see, in Rudee Loop. Over 16,900 people viewed the survey and 4,269 people participated, providing over 12,404 comments. The questions and public responses can be viewed at SpeakUpVB.com/RudeeLoop.
- City Departments, community groups, businesses and business/trade associations met one-on-one with WPA to provide input on behalf of their organization.
- Two Open House events: the first, from early morning to early afternoon onsite at Rudee Loop on Jan. 27, 2023, and the other in the evening at the Kempsville Recreation Center on Jan. 31, 2023.
May 2022: City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Development Authority issued a Request for Information and Ideas, or RFFI, soliciting proposal on how the parcels owned by the City and VBDA might be developed.
2019: Virginia Beach residents identified green space as a top priority in the 2019 Resort Area Strategic Action Plan update.
If you have any questions concerning the community engagement on this issue, please contact Nancy Bloom at email@example.com or (757) 385-6279.