Architectural Survey Public Information Session to be Held April 19

Friday, April 06, 2018

The City of Virginia Beach Planning and Community Development Department will host a Public Information Session on an upcoming architectural survey project for the northern half of the city. The session will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library auditorium, located 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

The public is invited to attend, learn about the project and provide suggestions for properties and neighborhoods to be considered for the survey. Input from the public is especially valuable since many interesting and rare cultural resources are often hidden in neighborhoods and in out-of-the-way locations.  This reconnaissance level survey will help to update the city's inventory of architectural resources of historical interest. The study area is Virginia Beach north of North Landing, Princess Anne and Sandbridge roads.

Localities coordinate their cultural resource database with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and conduct surveys to state standards. Buildings 50 years or older are candidates for inclusion in a locality survey. Virginia Beach completed its first comprehensive survey of architectural resources in the northern half of the city in 1992 through a grant from DHR. The database of cultural resources has evolved since then to include National Register of Historic Places nominations, required cultural resource surveys primarily associated with road construction projects, and several focused architectural resource studies.

Virginia Beach has contracted with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. (CRA) to perform this architectural survey. It is anticipated that they will survey up to 50 neighborhoods and will add 100 newly surveyed individual resources to the city's cultural resource database. CRA will be looking at neighborhoods for potential eligibility for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Individual properties will be inventoried, including a wide range of uses such as houses and commercial, industrial and governmental buildings; bridges and other infrastructure elements; and utilitarian buildings such as oyster sheds, stables and kitchens.

Please contact Mark Reed at mreed@vbgov.com or (757) 385-8573 for additional information about the April 19 public information session on this architectural survey.

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