Norfolk Thrive Project

U.S. EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Plan


City of Norfolk


Norfolk, VA



SGA is the lead designer and planner for a series of studies, analyses, and design recommendations for the City of Norfolk focused on the revitalization of Harbor Park: a post-industrial area along the Elizabeth River. The Norfolk Thrive Project is part of a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant awarded to the City of Norfolk by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Harbor Park is a cluster of brownfield sites located along the Elizabeth River in an area with rising tidal waters. The site is currently an isolated lot that exiles the Norfolk Tides Baseball Stadium from the rest of Downtown Norfolk. SGA envisions Harbor Park to be a brand-new, walkable community that links to the Downtown/Waterside District, Norfolk State University Campus (NSU), and the adjacent neighborhoods. This plan is complimented with mixed-use developments, complete streets, an extension of the Elizabeth River Trail, and a living shoreline designed to create a resilient water’s edge while supporting diverse marine life.

Recently, SGA unveiled their concepts to the citizens of Norfolk in a public open-house meeting. Some of the featured articles regarding the current proposal can be viewed here:

Wavy News
Pilot Online

Check out other projects related to Norfolk Thrive:

St. Paul’s Blue-Greenway
Water Street Openspace Park


Urban Design
Brownfields Reuse Planning
Project Implementation Management
Parks, Recreation, & Green Space
Resiliency, Green Infrastructure, & Landscape Utilities

Project Facts

113 Acres
16.3m gal Stormwater Capacity
24 Brownfields Sites


2020 VA ASLA Honor Award
2021 VA APA Resilient Virginia Community Planning