Developer closes portion of Atlantic Avenue for resort cul-de-sac in Virginia Seashore

The town of Virginia Beach’s controversial conclusion to enable developer Bruce Thompson to forever close

The town of Virginia Beach’s controversial conclusion to enable developer Bruce Thompson to forever close a portion of the street following to the ocean is now a actuality.



a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field: Construction continues on the new cul de sac entrance to the Marriott Hotel, closing the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.


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Design proceeds on the new cul de sac entrance to the Marriott Lodge, closing the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

Previous week, across from Thompson’s Cavalier Hotel, personnel installed a building wall to block Atlantic Avenue the place it fulfills Pacific Avenue at what is informally referred to as 42nd Street. The website traffic sign at that intersection has been removed, and a new sign is operational at 40th Road.



a traffic light hanging from the side of a road: A new traffic light at the intersection of 40th Street and Pacific Avenue serves as a detour to get around the closing of the intersection at Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.


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A new website traffic mild at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Pacific Avenue serves as a detour to get all over the closing of the intersection at Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Virginia Seashore on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

It’s all part of a learn strategy for the Cavalier “campus” that Thompson introduced five a long time back.

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Whilst the Cavalier was undergoing renovations, Thompson reported he wished to recreate the legendary “grand lawn” that as soon as stretched from the historic hotel on the hill to the Cavalier Seashore Club throughout the road.

That strategy is now coming to fruition with some modifications.

Thompson succeeded in convincing the town that a curved area of Atlantic Avenue should be closed to make a motor court docket for the new Marriott Virginia Seaside Oceanfront Lodge and to set up a unified Cavalier campus.

The cul-de-sac strategy, Thompson contended, will alleviate traffic on Atlantic Avenue for the reason that resort friends will be capable to pull into the motor court docket for valet company.

A remaining transform lane has been added to Pacific Avenue at 40th Street for southbound motorists to obtain Atlantic Avenue. Drivers heading north on Atlantic Avenue from the vacation resort space will achieve the detour at 40th Street.

Gold Important 5/8 PHR, led by Thompson, is paying out for the highway realignment after previous City Manager Dave Hansen twice attempted and unsuccessful to protected a state grant for the undertaking.

“The developer supplied to pursue the challenge and pay back for administration and design,” stated Monthly bill Purcell, senior project supervisor for Virginia Beach front. Metropolis inspectors oversee the general public works’ aspects of the cul-de-sac, Purcell mentioned.

The price tag tag elevated from $2.5 million a couple of decades in the past to $3.5 million, Thompson explained on Monday.

Thompson’s enterprise created the $125 million, 300-home Marriott throughout the street from the Cavalier Resort. It opened in the spring. Gold Essential also programs to make a 12-tale Embassy Suites next to the Marriott.

The city kicked in income for the cul-de-sac job, which includes all-around $245,000 for the initial highway design and style and an unexpected $380,000 in January to substitute an getting older water line and sewer pipe in the vicinity of the the foundation of the 40th Street targeted visitors signal pole.

The Marriott motor courtroom will be completed by January, Thompson stated.

Stacy Parker, 757-222-5125, [email protected]

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