Newport News is working on several initiatives to encourage people to visit and move downtown.
The multi-pronged approach includes development, art and a new branding concept.
“The intent here was really to really revitalize downtown — to get people moving back to that area,” assistant city manager Ralph Clayton told the City Council at a June work session.
Downtown will soon be home to a mixed-use residential development project expected to include 32 one- and two-bedroom apartment units slated for completion in November. Part of the project includes space for three new restaurants — a taco and tequila bar, scheduled to open mid-summer; a Benny’s Pizza, scheduled to open Aug. 1 and a barbeque restaurant not yet been identified.