Developers reveal plans to redevelop Chesapeake Square Mall and surrounding community


9:00 ON FOX 43. (TOM) NEW TONIGHT, IT’S A MAJOR MAKEOVER IN STORE FOR THE AREA SURROUNDING ONE HAMPTON ROADS MALL. (ANITA) WE’RE GETTING OUR FIRST LOOK AT WHAT COULD BE THE FUTURE OF WESTERN BRANCH IN CHESAPEAKE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S BRETT HALL STOPPED AT MEETING TONIGHT AT CHESAPEAKE SQUARE MALL. HE SHARES HOW DEVELOPERS HOPE IT’S PLACE POISED FOR A COMEBACK. (BRETT) THE MORE THAN 30-YEAR-OLD MALL CERTAINLY ISN’T GIVEN HIGH PRAISE RIGHT NOW BY MANY LOCAL RESIDENTS—THERE ARE TWO VACANT ANCHOR STORES AND DARK PATCHES THROUGHOUT THE SPRAWLING SPACE. BUT NEW OWNERS ARE LOOKING TO PUT THAT IN THE PAST—AND CHANGE NOT JUST WHAT YOU SEE HERE—BUT THE WHOLE AREA. (BRETT) WHAT WILL CHESAPEAKE SQUARE MALL LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS? PETE ALEX KOTARIDES, KOTARIDES DEVELOPMENT DEPENDS ON HOW BIG OF A VISION WE CAN ACCOMPLISH.” A VISION PETE ALEX KOTARIDES–WAS EXCITED TO ROLL OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME—TONIGHT PETE ALEX KOTARIDES, KOTARIDES DEVELOPMENT “THINK WE CAN REALLY ENERGIZE THE COMMUNITY” HE CALLS IT DESITINATION WESTERN BRANCH. IT CALLS FOR THE PENINSULA TOWN CENTER TREATMENT TO THE OLD MALL—WITH A FOCUS ON ENTERTAINMENT ALONG WITH SHOPPING. PETE ALEX KOTARIDES, KOTARIDES DEVELOPMENT “KIND OF REGAIN ITS PROMINENCE LIKE IT HAD WHEN THE MALL FIRST OPENED AS KIND OF THE CENTER OF COMMERCE FOR WESTERN TIDEWATER.” IN ORDER TO HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN, KOTARIDES HOPES THE RETHINKING HIS COMPANY’S 50-ACRE MALL PROPERTY—WILL HAPPEN ALONGSIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE THAN 4-HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND JUST TO THE WEST. PETE ALEX KOTARIDES, KOTARIDES DEVELOPMENT “SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, CONDOS, A SENIOR HOUSING COMPONENT. AS WELL AS LOGISTACL COMPONENT ON 75 ACRES..” PERFECT FOR A 1-MILLION-SQUARE FOOT WAREHOUSE—OH AND MAYBE A BREWERY. PETE ALEX KOTARIDES, KOTARIDES DEVELOPMENT “IT’S ACTUALLY SEVERAL BIG PROJECTS.” EACH ONE BRINGING IN MANY QUESTIONS FROM NEIGHBORS CATHARINE ROWE, CHESAPEAKE RESIDENT QUITE COME TO PASS. SO I THINK THERE IS A CONCERN WITH PEOPLE HERE THAT IT WILL BE LASTING THAT IT WILL BE HERE FOR A GOOD LONG WHILE.” AND GRANTED, IT MAY TAKE A WHILE TO GET HERE. BUT KOTARIDES IS CONFIDENT OUT OF GATE. BRETT SAYS “CHESAPEAKE SQUARE IS NOT GOING TO BE SUCCESS. .” NOW THE FIRST STEP IN ALL THE REZONING OF ALL THAT LAND. THAT MEETING IS NEXT WEDNESDAY AT CITY HALL IN CHESAPEAKE–BRETT HALL 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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  1. Getting permission? Two of the planning commission members were at the 5-7 pm meeting, where they NEVER attend these functions.

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