PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - As you drive through Downtown Portsmouth, you may notices changes in the scenery. That's because developers are revitalizing the area, adding more living areas amidst the restaurants, shops and museums.
The Whitmore Company is building more than a hundred apartments off London Boulevard. They're calling it "The Quarters at Park View." The company also plans to build a 63-unit apartment complex and office building next year off Court Street called "The Sterling Court Building."
"Developers have a renewed interest in downtown," said Portsmouth Economic Development Director Patrick Small. "Part of the city's strategy is to get more residents into its downtown. It's a growing trend nationally. So, the project on London is very important in that regard."
Small says that renewed interest represents a multimillion dollar investment. Plus, the city is also making infrastructure improvements downtown with new sidewalks, curbing and water and sewer lines.
"I think it brings a lot of activity downtown, and a lot of business and more people to enjoy the restaurants and what downtown has to offer," said Allen Bynum, a downtown business owner.
The city is also offering matching grants up to $25,000 to businesses for exterior improvements.
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