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2.8 Million Dollar Plot of Land Secured for Virginia Beach Pharrel-Backed Surf Park


If you didn't already know, American singer-songwriter, Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He ended up forming the R&B group, The Neptunes in the 1990s, and in 1999 he formed the group N.E.R.D., as the lead vocalist.

The Virginia Beach-born native is a backer of a multi-million dollar surf park project that would be built near the Oceanfront. Virginia Beach's development authority continued to secure the campaign for the development land by allocating nearly 3 million dollars to own a plot of land for the park this week.

Atlantic Park, the name of the surf project location, will break ground in the first quarter of 2022 and is planned to finish construction in the summer of 2023.

However, residents are leary over parking concerns and already allege that construction workers' vehicles are clogging the streets near the site. W.M. Jordan Co., the general contractor spearheading the venture is being asked to provide a parking plan before construction can begin.

What's next for the massive project? The developers of Atlantic Park will need to get past the city council for several aspects of the structure that don't meet city code. Including the proximity to the street and features of the parking garage. Hearings are to take place on July 14th and will ultimately be decided upon in August.

Pharell Williams' cousin, Donovon Lynch, 25, one of two killed people killed in an Oceanfront shootout in March of 2021. Williams said at the time in a post on the social media platform, Twitter: "The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency they deserve. VA Beach is the epitome of hope and we will get through this."

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