Developer of historic Norfolk building given Aug. 3 deadline



NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Savoy — downtown Norfolk’s infamous leaning building — could soon be torn down.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Monday that the city issued 25 building code violations to developer Tom Prioreschi. If Prioreschi and his development group, U.S. Development, do not fix the code issues or demolish the century-old building by Aug. 3, the city could tear it down, city records show.

Mayor Paul Fraim says he hopes the building can be saved because it is a Granby Street landmark.

The city has been waiting for more than a decade for renovations to the 1907 building.

In February, City Council members told Prioreschi to ramp up his planned $4.8 million conversion of the space into apartments and retail space.

Prioreschi told the newspaper he is still hoping to get the renovation started.

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