VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The resort area may be getting a taste of the Hampton Roads food truck scene this summer and, over on Shore Drive, a proposed residential development on the site of a closed school is making waves. The Planning Commission will take up both issues Wednesday.
The Hub, a proposed park featuring a rotating schedule of food trucks, artists, live music and craft beer in a grassy lot one block from the ocean, requires a conditional-use permit.
Eat The Streets 757, a network of nearly 20 local food trucks, would run the park on 8th Street between Atlantic and Pacific avenues.
“We’ve been dying to do a food court,” said Cassandra Ayala, who operates Eat The Streets 757 with Nichole Malbon.
They would lease land from Mike Standing, a resort-area restaurateur who owns the property at 712 Atlantic Ave. Eat The Streets 757 would then sublet spaces to about six food trucks and several small-scale local artists and vendors from noon to midnight, Wednesdays through Sundays.
Beer, wine and additional food would be sold from a cabana-like structure on site, according to the proposal. The site would feature string lighting and space for a small stage and cornhole games. Organizers are modeling the project after a similar food truck park in a neighborhood of San Francisco, Malbon said. Parking options would include the municipal garage at 9th Street. Planning staffers are recommending approval.
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