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Like it or not, all agree billion development proposal is huge
By DEIRDRE FERNANDES AND CAROLYN SHAPIRO, The Virginian-Pilot
© December 22, 2006
VIRGINIA BEACH – A billion proposal to build skyscrapers, hotels and condos at the Oceanfront and a massive golf resort near City Hall has left many business leaders and residents stunned.
The plan by a South Korean company includes more than 3,800 condominiums, 1,500 hotel rooms and seven towers soaring up to 40 stories high.
"This is like Hampton Roads attracting a major league sports franchise," said James Koch, an Old Dominion University economist. "Economically speaking, it might be a great thing or may not amount to anything at all."
The size of the proposal by Sun Rise Development Co. Ltd., which covers more than 64 acres at the former Dome site, Rudee Loop, the Convention Center and the Tournament Players Club of Virginia Beach, surpasses any proposal the city has seen in years.
"The scale of it is enormous," said Deborah Stearns, managing director of the Norfolk office of GVA Advantis real estate company.
Virginia Beach’s Town Center had an overall master plan but "unfolded one piece at a time," Stearns said. The Korean proposal includes many more pieces, all unveiled in a single swoop.
"I can’t recall another announcement that would have that many square feet and that many developments proposed at one time," she said.
Bruce Thompson, chief executive officer of Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts, said Virginia Beach may be ripe for such a project, and he said few properties are as attractive as the ones Sun Rise has selected.
It was only a matter of time before a major national or international company "came to Virginia Beach and recognized what we’ve known all along," Thompson said. "This is the best beach on the East Coast."
But Thompson also raised his eyebrows at the cost of the proposal.
"We have a half-billion dollars in real estate at the Oceanfront," he said. "I know how long it took us to develop a half a billion."
Thompson said he was surprised that a project this big materialized without local property owners and developers knowing about it.
Don Maxwell, the city’s economic development director, said he is confident in the company’s ability to deliver on its proposals, even though little is known about Sun Rise.
Still, the cost of the project to taxpayers is unknown.
The city probably would have to build roads and hire more police for the Oceanfront, Koch said. The city also risks losing its largest employer – the Navy – in the process, he added.
The Navy is unlikely to support towering buildings right under the paths of jets from Oceana Naval Air Station.
The federal government already has threatened to move jets out of Virginia Beach because of development near Oceana, and other states would be happy to host them, said U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, who represents Virginia Beach.
"I don’t think this plan meets the Navy’s needs at all," Drake said. "And the important thing is that when the Navy says this doesn’t work, they take it very seriously."
Drake said city officials should consider all development proposals but must include the Navy in discussions from the start. City officials told Oceana leaders about the Sun Rise plans Wednesday, after it was made public.
Ellis Hinnant-Will, an Oceanfront resident and civic leader, worries that the plan would transform Virginia Beach into a city in the style of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with its tall hotels.
"I really can’t believe that we would really consider something like this," Hinnant-Will said.
Still, Sun Rise’s proposal could draw visitors who had never considered Virginia Beach before, said Brad Garner, who has studied Virginia Beach as vice president of Smith Travel Research, a tourism consulting company in Hendersonville, Tenn.
While Virginia Beach has more demand for hotel space than supply, Sun Rise would have to tap entirely new markets for visitors – particularly if it sought travelers from Asia – to fill the rooms it has proposed, he said.
The company would have to create a draw akin to Walt Disney World, Garner said.
"They’ve got to bring the entertainment component with it. They’ve got to bring the food and beverage component with it," he said. "They’ve got to bring the whole package with them."
The city also needs more condominiums along the Oceanfront, said Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson, a real estate agent who handles property at the resort.
"People want to be at the Oceanfront and want to be on the Boardwalk," Wilson said. "It’s all about the view."
Still, Wilson said, Sun Rise’s proposal needs more review. "Is it the right fit?" she asked. "We don’t know."
Staff writer Richard Quinn contributed to this report.
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Bill for 4 – Shanghai Dynasty
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Yumcha was ok, but nothing to write home about.
4x 小点 Small AUD4.50 = AUD31
6x 中点 Medium AUD5.50 = AUD33
1x 特点 Extra Large AUD7.50 = AUD7.50
4x 茶 Chinese Tea AUD2 = AUD8
Total = AUD80 for 4
Shanghai Dynasty Restaurant 上海王朝
(03) 9663 7770
206 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Espresso – by Larissa Dubecki, The Age, October 6, 2009
Birth of a dynasty
THE 0 million redevelopment of the former Village City Centre complex into an Asian dining hub has signed Shanghai’s Dynasty for a 600-seat restaurant.
The press release touts the signing of Dynasty, a Cantonese and dim sum specialist based at Shanghai’s Renaissance Yangtze Hotel, as a coup for the LAS Group’s commercial redevelopment of the Bourke Street site, which backs on to Chinatown.
Dynasty joins the 120-seat Bund, which will also boast two five-tonne shark tanks, and the expansion of former lord mayor John So’s Dragon Boat, which is taking over two floors and will have a large open-air balcony. All going to plan, most of the complex will open by mid-month and Dynasty just before Christmas.
- Dynasty (Man Fu Lou), Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel – Frommer’s Long regarded as one of Shanghai’s top Cantonese restaurants, Dynasty boasts the same chefs (many from Hong Kong) who routinely cater dinners for visiting heads of state at special banquets and luncheons.
- The Dynasty, Renaissance Yangtze – Fodor’s
- Dynasty (Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel) 满福楼, 扬子江万丽大酒店 – by Wyatt Bixby, Best Food In China, Thu, 05/28/2009 – 06:46 Executive Chef Wong Chueng Kan has come from Hong Kong to share his 41 years of culinary experience with Shanghai.
Belly Up to the Bar
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Daily Photo – Belly up to the Bar
Here is another shot from the ultra-cook Hotel Sax, where we are having the party mentioned above. The Hotel Sax has tons of these really swanky rooms that have a very nice feeling about them. Now, I don’t drink alcohol at all… which makes awesome bars like this a little disappointing… but not so disappointing if there is someone interesting to talk to!
I actually, on occasion, end up with people who spend half the time talking about previous drinking experiences while having a drinking experience. I suppose this becomes a recursive function at some point… and I guess it’s no different than going out with photographers and talking about other photography outings!
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Took my Nikon D90 and a Tamron 28-300mm lens and shot the entire job with one camera on assignment for International Press Association to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I was to take shots and do site tours of two Iberostar properties, their new Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro and their Iberostar Bavaro, both on the same beautiful white sand strip. The Bavaro is for families and the Grand is for Adults Only. This hotel is an older and more casual resort with lush tropical settings and a beautiful lagoon type pool. It was bustling with activity during our visit, but unfortunately, we were not able to stay there to sample their facilities or their food. I hope this presentation will help you if you are thinking of staying here. Please see all of my other videos and reviews both here on YouTube and on our web site at: internationalpress.com Visit our new online magazine IMPress at ipaiimpress.com For great travel and photographic equipment reviews, photos and videos too.
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bookit.com Exceptional 4-Diamond Award Winning Luxury Hotel in the Heart of the French Quarter – 1 Block from Bourbon St & Canal St. Within walking distance of most of the area’s major attractions, restaurants & shopping. “The French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone.” This award winning hotel has just completed a million restoration including the addition of Spa Aria. You will not find a more luxurious French Quarter hotel with impeccable service! A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Historic Hotels of America, the Hotel Monteleone has over 600 luxurious first class guest rooms & has just completed a million restoration. It’s the perfect place to come back to & rejuvenate from a busy day or night exploring the consummate pleasures of New Orleans. And what a history these guest rooms have! The Hotel Monteleone has long been the home to some of the city’s, and the world’s, most famous and colorful characters. Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Truman Capote called it home as well as countless movie stars, dignitaries & royalty. The Hotel Montelone is also on the official registry of haunted places! The historic hotel, founded in 1886 by Antonio Monteleone, a count from Sicily, & currently owned by the fourth generation of the same family, has often heard ghost stories from guests, especially those who stay on the 14th floor (actually the 13th floor). The hotel offers a gift shop, 24 hour room service, two full service restaurants and …
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