norfolk Tidewater Gardens
redevelopment project

About the Project

The redevelopment of Norfolk’s Tidewater Gardens will bring new construction with a variety of building types and uses adjacent to Downtown Norfolk. The City of Norfolk and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority received a $30M Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and have assembled an expert team of designers, architects, engineers, and developers to bring the City’s new vision for the St. Paul’s neighborhood to life.

Part of the HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) redevelopment of the Tidewater Gardens site,  the project has 618 units of functionally obsolescent apartments that will be demolished and replaced by 205 Replacement Units on the CNI site, 104 units off site, and 390 other units which will be converted to Housing Choice Vouchers. Along with this redevelopment of Tidewater Gardens, the St. Paul’s area of Norfolk will also receive new roads, utilities, and district-wide stormwater management.

The overall intention of this project is the rejuvenate the key corridor of Church Street and provide options for housing within the target area and downtown. The development sites will create a vibrant area to explore for residents and visitors, alike. Lastly, we anticipate that the uses of the Blue-Greenway will be amplified and create value throughout the community.

Partners in the Project

The housing development is being led by Brinshore Development, LLC (Brinshore) and its partners Banc of America Community Development Corporation (BACDC), The Franklin Johnston Group, and BBRM Norfolk Partners, LLC.

Brinshore Development, LLC

Brinshore Development, LLC., is an experienced real estate development firm with twenty-eight years of expertise based in Evanston, Illinois. As an industry leader, Brinshore excels at creating diverse teams to transform the most complex development challenges into well-designed and vibrant communities. Brinshore’s current portfolio includes 10,000 affordable rental housing units valued at more than $1.5 billion in fifteen states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

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Banc of America Community Development Company, LLC

Banc of America Community Development Company, LLC (BACDC) is a for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America, dedicated to the urban revitalization of cities throughout our nation, and is focused on the creation and preservation of affordable housing. BACDC is a leader in public/private partnerships specializing in master development of mixed-use communities and neighborhood reinvestment through the development of sustainable multifamily and senior housing.

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The Franklin Johnston Group

The Franklin Johnston Group is acting as the local developer of Blocks 19 and 20, the first phase of replacement housing for Tidewater Gardens. As such, TFJG is managing all due diligence, design, Virginia Housing funding sources, construction and property management.

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