Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School & Mixed-Use Development

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School & Mixed-Use Development

Date: 24 Jan 2015
Category: Downtown

The end of 2013 saw the opening of the Apprentice School mixed-use redevelopment project in the City’s traditional Downtown. The project included an 86,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Apprentice School, 197 market-rate apprentice and workforce housing units, 30,416 square feet of retail and a 382-space parking garage and green area in a campus-like setting on an approximately six acre site. The transformational project came to life in 2014. The new Apprentice School bustled with classes, sporting events and activities. The excitement about the new facility remained high at year-end. The EDA’s parking garage was fully operational, supporting the Apprentice School, housing and retail.

The EDA exercised its option to purchase the parking facility, resulting in significant savings to the City. The retail component began leasing up. Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tidewater Physical Therapy and others join the EDA in leasing storefront space on Washington Avenue. The EDA-leased space will be programmed by the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism for recreational and educational community activities. Finally, people are living in the apartments, enjoying the proximity to the Apprentice School and the Shipyard. The dramatic aesthetics and vibrancy of the Downtown can’t be missed.

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