HAMPTON—Hampton City Council recently voted to rezone a 3.2-acre parcel of land within the Hampton Roads Center North Campus business park, to create opportunities for retail businesses to come in.
With a 300-unit Lumen Apartments building already on an adjacent parcel, the City Council’s rationale is that providing better amenities will create more of a community atmosphere for people coming into the area to work at the existing National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the Huntington Ingalls Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence, which is expected to be completed at the end of this year.
The master plan developed for the park had a focus on creating a park within a park, which would allow businesses with similar requirements to be located adjacent to one another. The city-owned site was originally planned to be strictly an office park, but that focus has been shifting as city leaders are seeing the value of using mixed-use developments in attracting talent to the area.
Located on Commander Shepard Boulevard between Big Bethel Road and N. Armistead Avenue, the Hampton Roads Center North Campus is situated near Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, NASA Langley Research Center, and Langley Air Force Base. Capstan Brewing Company and Bubba & Franks Smokehouse BBQ are both nearby, but the City would like to create more of a neighborhood feel where people could walk to work and to retail opportunities such as restaurants, a dry-cleaning facility, potentially a spa, and more.