Residents Invited to Share Ideas on Dome Site Development

Planning Workshop Set for Jan. 31, Online Survey Available Now

Thursday, January 18, 2018

​A public engagement planning workshop to discuss the Dome Site Project — the development of the former site of the old Dome pavilion — will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th St.). Ideas and comments about the project can also be submitted by completing a survey at

The Dome Site is 10.35 acres located between 18th and 20th streets, bordered by Pacific and Artic avenues at the Oceanfront. The site includes an additional property located between Artic and Baltic avenues. Built in 1958, the Alan B. Shepard Convention Center (Virginia Beach Civic Center), known simply as The Dome, was a 1000-seat venue that hosted music concerts and other events. In 1994, the iconic building was torn down and since then the site has been used for a parking lot.

The City, along with the selected preferred developer Venture Realty Group, is conducting studies and analyses to help transform the Dome Site into a family friendly, unique, mixed-use destination. Venture Realty Group has presented the City with an exciting original concept that will evolve with your input:

  • Minimum 3,500 seat capacity live entertainment performance venue
  • Unique/new to market retail
  • Unique/new to market authentic restaurants
  • Additional entertainment concepts
  • Possible residential units
  • Year-round programming attractive to both locals and tourists

Those attending the workshop will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide input to the planners about the site layout, land use and retail mix, public amenities and programming.

Complete the online survey at

For more information about the Dome Site Project, visit

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