In 1968, the city of Newport News purchased 700 acres of federal land to create the Oyster Point Business Park. The park grew quickly through the 1980s with private business development. City leaders began thinking about ways to further invest in Oyster Point to ensure growth and sustainability. The resulting project was City Center which would encompass about 50 undeveloped, publicly-owned acres within Oyster Point.
It was during this period that the City began working with citizens on its first comprehensive plan, Framework for the Future. This citizen-based approach to long-range planning started in 1989. The first plan was adopted in 1993, and two major updates were made in 2001 and 2008. The Oyster Point Business District has been a consistent and fundamental element of all three comprehensive plans.
Much of City Center's development is focused around the prominent 5-acre fountain and surrounding plaza. It is the fountain that sets the stage for the high-quality private development and functions seen in City Center to this day.
City Center is a true Live, Work, Shop, and Play atmosphere. This atmosphere has been a great draw for new restaurants and businesses wanting to enter the Hampton Roads market.