March 2, 2015
A quick update with regard to the future of the Meadowbrook School site. It is expected that the next budget will include money to demolish Meadowbrook School and to build a new fire station on the western portion of the site. The remaining site will be left as open space to be used as a dog park or otherwise as may be decided in the future by the neighborhoods.
Once the budget goes into effect this summer, the City will begin the process of designing the fire station. Designs for both the fire station and the park will be in collaboration with the neighborhoods and civic leagues in the Meadowbrook area.
It is expected that the entire project will be complete within 2 years of when the budget goes into effect on July 1.
February 20, 2015
The below Letter to the Editor was printed in the February 19, 2015 Virginian-Pilot. Let’s continue to work to make Wards Corner a model of revitalization for the City!
Wards Corner envy
Is it possible for the Norfolk City Council to take over the corner of Fisherman’s Road and Chesapeake Boulevard to make a nice shopping area, as was done at Ward’s Corner?There could be a coffee shop, Wendy’s, a nice grocery store, hair and nails salon, etc. It would make life more pleasant and convenient for residents.
Barbara M. Medlin
February 12, 2015
Robert Tajan, Principal Planner with the City of Norfolk, presents to the Planning Commission on 2/12/2015 with ideas to curb parking in the lawns along W. Little Creek Road
For years the Wards Corner Task Force has complained to city staff and police about residents along W. Little Creek Road parking their motor vehicles in the grass and in their yards. Civic League presidents and Council members alike have complained of the grass parking and the answer has always been to hand out tickets and take the violators to court. This has been met with some success in the short term but usually within a few months the violations return.
Now, at the request of the Task Force, the Planning Commission and planning staff will work to come up with new regulations that will allow residents along busy thoroughfares in Norfolk to park their vehicles in a manner that will be both legal and allow for the safe ingress and egress of the properties.
The Planning Commission will vote at their February 26, 2015 meeting to initiate zoning changes. That vote will allow planning staff to begin working on options and recommendations. Those options and recommendations will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting in mid-March and the results thereof will be brought to the Wards Corner Task Force for comment and input before being adopted.
February 8, 2015
Denby Park properties to be purchased by City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties were purchased in 2014. RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.
I received the following update on the demolitions in Denby Park:
The subject properties which represent 88 units were officially turned over to the City for demolition by Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority (NHRA) on December 16, 2014 once the Right of Entry was signed by the City. Since the buildings were going to be demolished by the City of Norfolk, we began the bid process in preparation for demolition. The bids were sent to the contractors on January 14, 2015, with a scheduled walk through the week of January 20th.
The bids from the contractors were received on January 29th at 4:30pm and were opened on Friday, January 30th 2015. After evaluating the bids, the “Award Notices” were sent out to three winning contractors on February 5, 2015.
The remaining timeline for the demolition is as follows:
1. Expect contractors to sign their contracts the week of February 9th. Staff will then hand carry contracts through the signing process to expedite.
2. Expect contracts to be signed by Finance, Legal, Administration and Clerks Office by February 20th.
3. Expect contractors to be given “Notice to Process” by February 28th, which gives them 30 days to complete the Demolition.
4. Our expectation, barring any unforeseen glitches, is that the buildings will be demolished by the first week in April.
The City will continue to ensure the buildings are secured and trash and debris are removed.
February 4, 2015
There have been a few emails coming in asking what is being built at the northeast corner of Wards Corner. The BP station was torn down from that location last year and they are currently building a new retail store that will house a Mattress Firm.
The likely tenant type was mentioned at the Wards Corner Civic League meeting in March of 2014 and most comments were negative as there was already a mattress store at Wards Corner. That store was, and still is, Sleepy’s.
Since that time, The Original Mattress Factory announced they will be opening in Wards Corner as well. They plan a March 2015 opening date and are currently under construction in the Midtown Shopping Center at the northeast corner.
January 18, 2015
Many thanks to Louis Eisenberg for digging up some old photos of Uncle Louie’s Restaurant which closed almost 10 years ago at Wards Corner. More can be found at the Uncle Louie’s Restaurant Alumni and Friends Facebook page.
You can read a copy of the Uncle Louie’s Restaurant Menu from March 2005 here (PDF).
Entrance to a great time!
Entrance to Uncle Louie’s Bar and Grill from the Dining Room
The famous prop table in the front window of Uncle Louie’s. At times, we had to get that table so we would have seating for two more guests. Uncle Louie’s had 450 seats, The business that Uncle Louie’s would do on some days was absolutely amazing.
Teresa Boyle did a fantastic job creating the chalk menu boards
Uncle Louie’s dining room set for dinner service
Uncle Louie’s dining room set up for lunch service
Uncle Louie’s Banquet and Conference Room was a favorite of local politicians.
The best table in Uncle Louie’s bar and grill overlooked Uncle Louie’s dining room. This was Benjamin Clymer’s favorite table. Ben Clymer was Old Dominion University’s Reference Librarian from 1960 -1981
Art Deco Mural by Bev Sell and Teresa Boyle
First Colony Coffee seal. We served and sold over 100 varieties and flavors of First Colony Coffee.
Uncle Louie’s had one of the best Jewish Delis south of New York City
Uncle Louie’s Desserts were some of the best served in Hampton Roads
Suzy Daffron Allen, One of the Great Uncle Louie’s Bartenders
January 16, 2015
Please remember to come to the meeting on January 20, 2015 at the Fitness and Wellness Center at 6:30pm to view the designs and provide input. This will likely be the last chance to provide input before the project goes before Planning Commission and City Council.
The apartments and townhouses are planned to be constructed on Newport Ave, just north of Granby Elementary.
SOME CHANGES FROM THEIR LAST PRESENTATION:
1. The max height of the apartments is going from 47ft to 49ft
2. The max height of the Condominiums is going from 43’8″ to 49ft.
Community Gathering Space
Main Entrance and Pocket Park
Wooded Trail and Pool Area
Revised Apartment Elevations
Exterior Finish Materials
The entire PDF packet can be seen here.