The Laskin Gateway serves as a beach-goer entrance to the north-end of the resort area. Lined with a multitude of businesses ranging from fast food to clothing retailers, traffic congestion can, at times, pose delays along 31st Street and connecting roads.
The City is in the process of phasing the development. It will include new water and sewer lines, upgraded traffic systems, burial of overhead utilities, new sidewalks and streetscapes. To reduce congestion throughout the Laskin Gateway, the project also includes realigning the traffic pattern to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety. Plans include rerouting traffic through a roundabout on Laskin Road to 30th and 32nd streets. Laskin Road would become a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare with only two lanes of traffic and parallel parking along both sides of the street. Meanwhile, 30th Street would feature two lanes leading into the resort area and one lane westbound, while 32nd Street would have two lanes westbound and one lane leading toward the beach.
In the future, the Laskin Gateway will serve as an inviting entrance to the resort area. The new Beach Center development will be a bustling pedestrian-friendly corridor planned around 31st Street between Pacific and Arctic avenues. The development will feature sidewalk cafes, offices, apartments and condominiums.
The Laskin Road Gateway project will transform the area surrounding 31st Street and the Oceanfront into an exciting people-gathering place featuring upscale shops, restaurants, hotels and residential buildings – all in a pedestrian-oriented setting. This inviting activity-oriented atmosphere provides the local community, retail customers, hotel guests and other visitors a delightful place to gather, dine, shop, live, work or play in a lively high-quality environment.
What the Laskin Road Gateway is...
With direct access to the oceanfront along Laskin Road, this key gateway district is the Resort Area’s best location for a concentration of high-end retail that diversifies the retail offerings for tourists and locals alike.
The district was studied and detailed in the Resort Area Strategic Action Plan, which was adopted by the Virginia Beach City Council on Dec. 2, 2008. The plan envisions a corridor with a coordinated transportation and retail strategy that gets people out of their cars and on foot in a village-like setting. Development is sensitively scaled to the needs of adjacent neighborhoods, and mixes new residential opportunities with active street level retail uses that front on widened sidewalks to accommodate pedestrian traffic and outdoor dining. New development is reinforced by an open space system that combines streetscape improvements with strategically located green space, including a planned "circle" marking the arrival of the Laskin Gateway corridor to the beach.
Funded for $28.4 million of road, streetscape, landscaping and utility improvements, the Laskin Road Gateway project will deliver significant improvements to traffic flow and capacity featuring a two-way pair of 30th and 32nd streets. Capital Improvements Program item #2-143, this project will complete the 30th and 32nd Street “pair” road improvements, road and streetscape improvements, the underground placement of overhead utilities, and new sanitary sewer and water lines.
The improved infrastructure will support more than $60 million in new private development in one block alone featuring multi-use development to foster a live-and-work environment that includes:
Class A Office Spaces
What the Laskin Road Gateway is not...
A pedestrian mall
One-way traffic system
A grant to developers
Why should the city use public funds for this project?
Through a basic public-private partnership, we enable the private sector to create higher levels of investment, and the public reaps the benefits of that effort through increased tax revenues and improved quality of life.
The Laskin Road Gateway project also produces economic vitality, creating wealth in increased commercial land values and capital investment in private infrastructure.
Laskin Road Gateway Project Overview is the current preferred alignment. Some of the highlights of this plan are:
Total of four lanes eastbound and four lanes westbound when looking at the entire system (30th, 31st and 32nd streets).
Total of four left turn opportunities onto Pacific Avenue traveling north, including 30th Street (1), 31st Street (1), and 32nd Street (2).
On-street parking has been removed from 32nd Street to allow for an additional left turn onto Pacific Avenue; and, a right turn into the parking garage.
Pinewood Road is aligned at a 90 degree angle to 32nd Street, which discourages traffic movement to Pinewood from 32nd Street.