Wards Corner “Clean-Up Day” Saturday, March 8th, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

February 28, 2008

Laura Thom has asked that the following be posted to inform The Greater Wards Corner Partnership of the Wards Corner “Clean-Up Day” :

I would like to post a notice on WardsCornerNow about the Wards Corner clean up day that I am sponsoring with the support of my employer, North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy, and Keep Norfolk Beautiful.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 8th (rain date Saturday, March 15th)
             8:00-11:00 am
Where to Meet:  North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy
             7419 Granby St. (next to ATC Fitness)

Trash bags, safety vests, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  Prizes will also be awarded.  All who wish to participate must register by calling me at 489-5820.  Anyone younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a permission form which will be available the day of the clean up.
Thank you.

Laura Thom


Letter to the Mayor and Councilmembers

February 27, 2008

The following letter was mailed to Mayor Fraim and the rest of City Council by the Greater Wards Corner Partnership:

Dear Mayor Fraim and members of City Council:

The purpose of this letter is to seek your immediate help in the revitalization of the Wards Corner area consistent with the strategies outlined in the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan adopted by City Council in November 2004. We do so because the residents of the entire area are growing increasingly frustrated with the apparent inattention given to this area despite our monthly meetings with council representatives to the Wards Corner Task Force.

The Wards Corner area has been in a steady state of decline for over 20 years. Most notable in the business district, this deterioration is also evident in the Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms neighborhoods as well as the Titustown area and is putting negative pressure on many other neighborhoods in the Greater Wards Corner area.

The Greater Wards Corner Partnership was formed eleven years ago, in an attempt to work in partnership with the city to address this growing blight. The 22 civic leagues, numerous businesses, churches, schools and individuals were committed then and are as committed today to see the entire area revitalized so that it is an economically viable section of the city. We all live here, love the area and do not want to see it decline any further.

In 2000, the Wards Corner Task Force was reestablished as a partnership of the city, City Council and citizens of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership area to develop revitalization plans and strategies for the area. In the beginning we were all hopeful that we would see positive progress and with the adoption of the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan we were encouraged that we would have tools to assist us and the city to move forward. While we recognize that some progress was made initially, it is now evident that all of these plans have been stalled.

As a result of these concerns the Greater Wards Corner Partnership is now calling for your immediate action to the following prioritized items. Wards Corner’s location as a gateway to downtown Norfolk and potential for increased city tax revenue should make its revitalization a priority item on Council’s agenda.

1. A revitalization action plan for the Denby Park/Monticello Village/Oakdale Farms neighborhoods that will include the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the NRHA and the city so that this area may be a designated area with benefits similar to a Conservation Plan.

2. The purchase of the Alexis Apartments in Titustown and renewal of that area.

3. A plan to address the deteriorating infrastructure in the Wards Corner Business
District and

4. The location of the new Police Station into the Central Business Park.

We believe that these are reasonable requests and consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Very little attention has been given to the Greater Wards Corner area for the past several years and as a result it continues to decline. We are concerned that, unlike other areas of Norfolk, the Partnership area does not have a champion on City Council and call on our representatives to support us in moving forward. We can no longer wait; the time for you to act is now.

We look forward to your timely response and an agenda which addresses these concerns at the next Wards Corner Task Force meeting.

Sincerely,

The members and residents of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership

The above letter can be downloaded, printed, and sent to your Council representatives:

City Council Letter (PDF)


The Greater Wards Corner Partnership overwhelmingly rejects the development of a CVS Pharmacy

February 26, 2008

Tuesday night, the Greater Wards Corner Partnership rejected the pursuit of CVS Pharmacy to develop a site presently occupied by the BP Gas Station and part of the Midtown Shopping Center parking lot on the Northeast corner of Granby Street and Little Creek Road. The CVS development would be grossly contradictory to what the consultants planned for the Northeast Corner in the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan.


Greater Wards Corner Partnership meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, February 26th at 7 pm

February 25, 2008

When: Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)

 Agenda:

1.  Introduction

2.  Pace Report

3.  Announcements

  A. Discussion of the Citizen Letter sent to City Council

  B. CVS Pharmacy negotiating to buy the BP Gas Station and a portion of the Midtown Shopping Center

4. Vote on changing meeting night from 4th Tuesday to 4th Thursday

5. Explanation of Committees:  (Chairman will give a synopsis of their committee)

  A.  Development Committee

  B.  Codes and Public Safety

  C.  Beautification Committee

  D.  Public Infrastructure Committee

  E.  Public Relations Committee

  F.  City Connection Committee

6. Break into committees to work on the following:

  A. Choose Chairman

  B.   Choose Co-Chairman

  C.   Set meeting schedule

  D.   Set meeting time

  E.    Set meeting place

  F.    Establish three goals

 G.    Establish time-line

 H.    Have one meeting before next months meeting and be prepared to report back to the group at next meeting.

7. Adjourn


Homestead exemption amendment killed by Senate

February 25, 2008

The State Senate killed a bill that would have allowed the voters to vote on a constitutional amendment that would have allowed cities to exempt or defer up to 20% of a residence’s real estate taxes. Read the article on Pilot Online and read how ALL the Virginia Republican Senators and two Democratic Senators killed the bill on Vivian J. Paige’s Blog.


S.L. Nusbaum starts construction of apartments in Denby Park

February 23, 2008

S.L. Nusbaum has commenced construction on a 15 million dollar affordable-housing apartment complex on the site of the old Casterton Trailer Park behind Southern Shopping Center in Denby Park. The 4.2 acre trailer park was purchased in June of 2007 for $2,325,000. The project to be named SouthWind Apartments will consist of 5 apartment buildings, a clubhouse, swimming pool and fitness center. Pilot Online reports:

Rents for the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are likely to range from $650 to $975, said Richard Counselman of Nusbaum Realty.

This is the first major private investment in the Greater Wards Corner Partnership area since the inception of the Mayor’s Wards Corner Task Force.


Results of Norfolk Tea Party 2 survey are in – Councilman Don Williams fares poorly

February 17, 2008

A crowd estimated at 200 attended a meeting of the Norfolk Tea Party 2 on Saturday at the Banque to hear the results of the Norfolk Citizens Survey. The crowd was reserved as it listened to Larry Gregory eloquently elaborate on the results of the survey. When the results were revealed to the question “Are your City Council representatives doing a good job?”, Councilman Don Williams fared the worst of all the Council members. He received a 74% “NO” vote and a 13% “Yes” vote. Council representatives Daun Hester, Barclay Winn and Randy Wright were in attendance. Virginian-Pilot staff writer Harry Minium was accused by Councilwoman Daun Hester for ruining City Manager Regina Williams reputation because of his stories on Alphonso Albert and the Human Services Department audit. Read Harry Minium’s article in the Virginian-Pilot or Pilot Online.  Brian Smith is to be congratulated and thanked for running a well orchestrated and effective meeting of the Tea Party.


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