WC clean-up a success

September 15, 2014

wccleanMany thanks to Sheriff McCabe for having the inmate work crews clean-up Wards Corner last week.

They cleaned up Granby St from Little Creek Rd to Forest Lawn, the HRT transfer station  lot, and the City side of the exit ramps.

A total of 64 bags of trash was collected.  Thanks to Sheriff McCabe and Chief of Community Correction, Mike O’Toole or coordinating.  Thanks to the Wards Corner Business Association for beginning the effort as well!

Wards Corner updates

September 11, 2014

The following are some quick updates from the Wards Corner Task Force meeting held on September 11, 2014 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.


The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at W. Little Creek Rd and Armfield Ave will be installed by mid – late October.

The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at E. Little Creek Rd and the new Harris Teeter shopping center will also be installed by mid – late October.

Wards Corner Business Association:

A Wards Corner Business Association has been re-started thanks to the work and dedication of Elyse Kalfus.  The first meeting was held on August 19th and 14 of the businesses in Wards Corner were represented.  Top priorities of crime and trash were mentioned.

A cleanup has been arranged with the Norfolk Sheriff’s department and the Business Association is in touch with VDOT on cleaning up their portions of Wards Corner as well.

Norfolk Southern has also been contacted and has agreed to do a cleanup of their property in Wards Corner.

Kroger / Workforce Development Center property:

Everyone was reminded that the City has an option to purchase this property that was built into their lease for the Workforce Development Center.  This option comes up in 2015.  If the City has not found a development partner by then, the City needs to step up and purchase the property to preserve it for appropriate future development in the corridor.

Weigh in on Traffic Congestion around Wards Corner!

September 4, 2014


Greetings –

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is requesting the help of the Wards Corner Now in identifying causes of congestion on major roads around your community.  As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for Hampton Roads, we are responsible for transportation planning for the Hampton Roads area, and are required to identify the region’s most heavily congested roads and develop a series of strategies that help move people and goods around more easily.  This is known as Hampton Roads’ Congestion Management Process (CMP).

For the 2014 edition of the CMP, we’ve identified the 14 most heavily congested roadway segments in Hampton Roads, most of which we’re sure your familiar with, including the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (I-64), I-64 between I-564 and Indian River Rd., and I-564 between International Terminal Blvd and Admiral Taussig Blvd.  We’ve identified what we believe to be their major causes of congestion, now we need your help by telling us if you think our observations are correct.  The reason we are asking for your help is simple:  Segments such as I-64 and I-564 serve as important arteries in your community, and is likely traveled by residents on a daily basis.  We need folks to share their knowledge with us on what they think is causing the traffic.

It’s easy to participate.  Simply click on the banner at the top of this message, which will take you to our survey page.  Once there, select the stretch of road you would like to offer feedback on. If you are familiar with more than one roadway, please feel free to take more than one survey. Your comments and suggestions will be incorporated into the final Report, which will then be made available to local planners, engineers, and decision-makers for their consideration when developing project proposals for these congested areas.  The deadline to make comments is September 19, 2014.

Again, your help in making this request available to members of your community to share their experience and assist in the Congestion Management Process in Hampton Roads is most appreciated. If you have any questions or we can provide additional information on this effort, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

All the best,

Brian Chenault





Brian Chenault, AICP
Community Outreach Planner
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
The Regional Building | 723 Woodlake Drive | Chesapeake, Virginia | 23320
bchenault@hrpdcva.gov | http://www.hrtpo.org | Phone: 757.420.8300 | Fax: 757.523.4881

Frustrating lane closure at WC to end soon

September 3, 2014

Thanks to Ray Ransom and Freda Burns, both with the City of Norfolk, for their quick response to my inquiry about the lane closure on Granby Street in front of the new TowneBank.  

The cause for the closure is a sewer line collapse under the sidewalk.  According to Norfolk Utilities, the sewer line has been replaced and final restoration should be completed within the next two weeks.


Suburban Acres Civic League Picnic this Saturday from 10:30 – 1pm

August 22, 2014

The Suburban Acres annual parade was cancelled and they have now scheduled a picnic to be held this Saturday, August 22 from 10:30 to 1pm at Suburban Park Elementary.

This is the make-up event for the cancelled 4th of July parade and picnic.

Food (hot dogs, chips, and drinks) courtesy of Bryan Zenarola of Coastal Convenience Store Group/Tinee Giant.  Please bring a dessert to share for our dessert cook-off!  Prizes and bragging rights available!  Also thanks to Chris Perry and the team at Suburban Assett Management.

They will also have a patriotic bicycle and pet mini-parade, again with prizes.

Games for kids and the family, and the folks from Bay Star Homes will be on site with information on the new Bay Star Homes program.

Caton Park/Suburban Park Elementary School playground, 10:30 am – 1 pm

Firehouse Subs is open at Wards Corner

August 3, 2014

Firehouse_Subs_97625Firehouse Subs is now open at Wards Corner.

It is located in the Midtown Shopping Center located at the northeast corner of Wards Corner.  The official opening date was July 27, 2014.

John Knight wrote in saying:

“The restaurant is beautiful with a gorgeous mural depicting Midtown Shopping Center many years ago.  The owner’s and staff were all friendly and, of course, Firehouse makes the best subs!  This is a great addition to Ward’s Corner.”

Stop by and welcome Firehouse Subs to Wards Corner!


Wards Corner Rite Aid finishing up complete remodel

July 12, 2014

riteaidI spoke with the very pleasant Wards Corner Rite Aid store manager, Dan Lightfoot, about the complete remodel going on at his store at the northwest corner of Wards Corner.

The store was gutted on the inside and completely remodeled bringing  it out of the old drugstore model and into the new wellness center model that pharmacies are going to these days.

The expanded wellness service will include a wellness ambassador who will be armed with an iPad and be able to assist customers on the sales floor with vitamin needs, drug interactions, herbal supplements, etc.  The ambassador will have access to a printer to provide customers information on the products they are discussing.

Additionally, the remodel has allowed the pharmacy to become more accessible and expanded the organics options at the store.  Dan touted the new store as a full immunization store that will begin offering flu shots in two weeks.

The outside of the store received a fresh coat of pain and the landscaping was updated as well.  The parking lots will be resurfaced and repainted very soon.

The construction work is expected to be concluded by next week.



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