Greyhound station to become TCC art, culinary hub in the NEON

This is a rendering of what the "Patricia and Douglas Perry TCC Center for Visual & Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management" may look like. The center will sit on the site of the Greyhound Bus Station, currently located at the corner of Granby and Brambleton in Downtown Norfolk (Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)
This is a rendering of what the “Patricia and Douglas Perry TCC Center for Visual & Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management” may look like. The center will sit on the site of the Greyhound Bus Station, currently located at the corner of Granby and Brambleton in Downtown Norfolk (Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)

NORFOLK — The NEON District’s Greyhound bus station will soon be transformed into an artistic and culinary education hub via a new partnership between Norfolk and Tidewater Community College.

At the March 9 “State of the City” address, Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander announced the new partnership between TCC and the city, which aims to transform the NEON District by providing increased educational and economic opportunities for Hampton Roads.

The Patricia and Douglas Perry TCC Center for Visual and Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management — named for its lead donors, the Perry family — is slated to open in the summer of 2020.

The 47,000-square-foot Greyhound bus station, located on the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Monticello Avenue, was donated to TCC by the city and will host educational programming, as well as a student-run restaurant, according to a Norfolk news release.

In the new space, TCC aims to expand its visual-arts program, as well as create a hospitality and restaurant management program. The campus will allow startup culinary businesses to rent kitchen space and host culinary competitions, the release states.

The space will also allow TCC to nearly triple its culinary arts enrollment, which currently has 224 students.

It will be funded entirely by private donors through the “Go Further! Tcc’s Campaign for a Competitive Workforce,” according to the release.

“This is an incredible opportunity to build on the vibrancy and opportunity that is being created in the NEON District,” Alexander said in a news release.

The Perry family has also donated their Glass Wheel Studio building on Olney Road to TCC. There, students will learn about glassblowing and fusing, as well as ceramics and sculpture. There will also be public art exhibit spaces in the building, the release states.

That portion of the project, dubbed the Pat and Doug Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center @ NEON, could launch as early as summer of 2019.

The Perry family have supported the arts and the NEON for years, donating to the construction or renovations of the Chrysler Museum’s Glass Studio and the Hurrah Players’ move to the NEON.

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