VA-Residents skeptical about commercial Dev. of deaf and blind school property
Daily Press, Hampton, VA
By Ryan Murphy
June 22, 2016
A potential new direction for the site of a defunct state school for the deaf, blind and multidisabled off of Hampton’s Shell Road was met with skepticism and frustration from many local residents at an informational meeting Tuesday evening.
The city of Hampton bought the school property in 2010 from the state in the hopes of redeveloping the site. In 2013, city staff held meetings with the public to get their thoughts on what should go in there, after which the aim was to draw in a mixed-use residential development.
However, Hampton’s community development director, Terry O’Neill, said the concept has shifted as the city has failed to attract a mixed-use developer and potential buyers with commercial aspirations have been eyeing the property.