Front Street Flats (AKA “The Roebuck”), Norfolk, VA

In preparation for the future multi-family housing development on Front Street in Norfolk, VA, MSA was hired in 2014 to provide land surveying, civil engineering, environmental, and landscape architecture services.

MSA’s survey work including a partial boundary survey, topographic survey, hydrographic survey, office calculations, a resubdivision plat and courthouse research.  The limits of subaqueous bottom land were defined by survey field work that was performed using GPS and hydrographic techniques.  Courthouse research was performed prior to commencing field work, which served as a baseline for comparison of the field gathered information.   MSA’s surveyors then utilized GPS to tie the property line to the City of Norfolk horizontal control network.  A topographic survey was then performed of the existing concrete pier and of approximately 1,000 LF of shoreline.  Hydrographic surveying was performed to determine the seaward limits of the submerged toe of slope/limits of hardened shoreline.  Field data was then analyzed and used as the basis of calculations to create exhibits showing subaqueous areas.  These exhibits aided in the acquisition of subaqueous bottom land.

Environmental services provided by MSA included Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), wetland delineation and submittal of a Joint Permit Application (JPA) requesting removal of bulkhead, grading of shoreline and installation of 450 feet of riprap revetment, and reconstruction of the pier and dock.

MSA also provided civil engineering services including site plans, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), construction documents, and specifications for a new parking lot on the portion of property on Rader Street not occupied by the existing building.  MSA’s work also included design for the renovation of the existing building, new parking garage/apartment building on Rader Street, and new bulkhead.  MSA attended meetings with the city and client, then provided revised parking lot and landscape plans to satisfy the city’s CBPA buffer requirements and historical review comments.  MSA worked closely with the Project Architect and entire team to preserve the historical character of the building, which was originally built in 1916 and is an icon in downtown Norfolk.

MSA also provided as-built surveys, ALTA surveys, construction layout services, construction cost estimates, and elevation certificates.


Due to inclement weather, MSA will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Please call or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.


We moved, one floor up!  Please note our new address is 5032 Rouse Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA