NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Food vendors, live performers and artists are taking up space this weekend along Granby Street between Olney Road and Addison Street.
The city wants to make the now-deteriorated section of Granby Street an arts and design district. Before that happens, city officials are hoping to attract investors to revitalize the area.
"We have a lot of empty storefronts that just need to be built and we need more art," said Daevid Reed.
Reed has operated Daevid's Flowers and Decor business in the area for more than 10 years.
Jessy Davis, a local artist, is putting up her colorful artwork made of recycled metal on a vacant building at the corner of Olney and Granby.
"I am thrilled to see this," Davis said. "I've been waiting to do more public art so this gives me an opportunity to do something outside the box and get it up on a building. It's exciting, it's fun, and I hope everybody enjoys it."
Andrew Howard of Team Better Block is consulting the city for this event.
"This block has great potential for Norfolk," Howard said.
He expects once this event is over, he'll get a report back to the city within a month's time.
"We set out a plan for 30 days, 60, 90 and one year for us to continue the momentum and it's a different way from a normal project we wait years for. We can do it in days," Howard said.
The program is part of Norfolk's new neighbors helping neighborhoods which involves community members in local improvements.
The event will be held all day Friday as well as through Saturday afternoon.
Click here to learn more about the project and what you can expect to see this weekend.
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