Norfolk homicides almost double in 2007

December 31, 2007

Another sign of failed City policies is the near doubling of homicides in Norfolk. The City Manager and her assistants are trying to preserve substandard housing stock in crime ridden areas like Denby Park so they can proceed with their plans of tearing down Public Housing in the Saint Paul’s Quadrant area. The Greater Wards Corner Partnership will not stand still or remain quiet while the City Manager and Council continue on this course. Click on this link for the Pilot Online story.

Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th at 7 pm

December 31, 2007

I received the following email from Elyse Kalfus, President of the Greater Wards Corner Business Association:

Louis I have reserved room 202 at the Workforce Development Center on Tuesday January 15th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to discuss the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan.  Hopefully we will be able to get a better attendance on a week night.  This meeting is to discuss the plan the city has proposed, what people think or would like to see, and what our plan of action will be to get this plan put in motion now.  It is time to become pro-active, and stop sitting by and letting the City Council do little in Wards Corner.  We are a Gateway, not a dumping ground for what the City Council members don’t want to see in the other parts of the city, and it’s time to get organized and take action to make what our dreams of what Wards Corner should be a reality.  We need to get all the civic leagues in our area to get their member at this meeting.  Please post this meeting on Wards Corner Now, I will send notices to all the civic leagues involved.


Please alert your civic leagues of this very important meeting.

Man dies after being shot in front of video game store in Southern Shopping Center

December 31, 2007

Pilot Online reports that a man was shot in front of the Game Stop store in Southern Shopping Center. In an unconfirmed police report, a suspect was apprehended in Denby Park this afternoon.

CBRE proposes NRHA headquarters in Central Business Park

December 26, 2007

CB Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate Firm has pitched Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority on relocating from Downtown Norfolk to Central Business Park next to the Walmart on Tidewater Drive. This move could be a boon to the redevelopment plan known as the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan.

The Hampton Roads Business Journal, “Inside Business” wrote:

CBRE made the pitch last week after learning that the housing authority is exploring options for its headquarters, which is now in Downtown Norfolk at 201 Granby St.

The three-story, 53,815-square-foot building, constructed less than two years ago, is located in Central Business Park, which is close to Tidewater Drive, Norfolk International Airport and Interstate 64. The housing authority originally developed the park for the city.

“This is a perfect opportunity for NRHA to stand behind one of the properties they were instrumental in developing and promoting,” said Jeff Parker, a vice president with CBRE who is marketing the property.

A CBRE flyer advertises a sale price of $6.6 million or rental rates of $10 per square foot, full service, with lease terms of either 5 or 10 years.

“The owners will be open to negotiations as to the rents or the sales price,” Parker said.

Norfolk Central Development LLC, a partnership between Pete Singh and Lennie Weaver of Dumfries, owns the property.

Parker said tenant improvements can be done in 60 to 90 days.

“The facilities committee has requested that staff look at the market and determine if there are existing properties that are cheaper to buy or lease,” said housing authority spokesperson Ed Ware.

NRHA is also considering a location in Broad Creek. Hopefully the Wards Corner area will get the attention that it deserves by a relocation of NRHA to Central Business Park.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007


The folks at WordPress have brought snow to our site. No your eyes aren’t playing tricks. Enjoy the season.

Merry Christmas!

Draft of Norfolk’s 2008 legislative priorities

December 15, 2007

Below is a link to a draft of Norfolk’s 2008 Legislative Priorities:

Norfolk’s 2008 Legislative Priorities

Another land assembly plan needs to be considered

December 13, 2007

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in it’s winter 2008 journal has presented an interesting alternative to eminent domain. Since eminent domain is pretty much off the table for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to use as a tool to spur redevelopment of Denby Park and property along Ashlawn Drive, they need to consider other strategies of land assembly. I am including the article for your review.

Sharing vs. Eminent Domain

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