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Emmitt Smith, Pharrell Williams among those working to transform former Military Circle Mall area

Military Circle Mall redevelopment proposal renderings
Military Circle Mall redevelopment proposal renderings
Military Circle Mall redevelopment proposal renderings
Military Circle Mall redevelopment proposal renderings
Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 18:21:30-05

NORFOLK, Va. - We're learning more about plans to revive the Military Circle area in Norfolk.

The Norfolk Economic Development Authority bought most of the area near Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard.

There are currently three proposals on the table. Some big names are part of redevelopment efforts , including NFL legend Emmitt Smith and musician Pharrell Williams.

Smith presented the “Crossroads” proposal Thursday in Norfolk. It includes an arena, a sports complex, a hotel, homes and businesses.

There would also be a park, open space, paths for walking and biking.

The second proposal is called “The Well.” There's a lake, parks and open space, as well as plans for an outdoor amphitheater and a rec center.

The homes will include senior housing.

Williams is the lead developer in the third proposal, called "Wellness Circle.” The plan includes a medical campus, homes, retail and a hotel.

It also calls for an arena and community space, including a YMCA and a wellness loop.

News 3 spoke to many people about the plans.

John Griffin said he supports the idea of a makeover. He said he spent years at Military Circle Mall, which used to be a popular attraction. But today, many people call it an eyesore.

Philip Scottie is the owner of the five Philip Michael Fashion for Men locations, one of which is across the street from Military Circle Mall. He loves the idea of redevelopment in the area and believes it would help his business.

"I do like that they would have a sports complex, housing and retail. I think that mix would be dynamite for the area," Scottie said."It will definitely increase visibility for our business. It’ll increase traffic."

One man told us he does not like change, but everyone else News 3 spoke to Friday supported the idea of this project.

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