WestPort Commons website has gone live

September 30, 2008

The WestPort Commons sales and advertising website has gone live.  You can reach it by going to http://www.westportcommons.com/

Visit and learn about the one of the newest neighbors to the Wards Corner Community.


Help for Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms hits a snag

September 29, 2008

Pilot Online Reports that The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and The City of Norfolk has not decided how they will administer  $1,000,000  in grants to Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms homeowners. Also they don’t know when the money will become available.

The grants at a glance
Norfolk’s proposed help for three Wards Corner neighborhoods is tentatively planned to include three types of grants and loan programs:
Home Rehabilitation Grants $400,000 to help eight homeowners
Residential Facade and Improvement $125,000 for five multifamily buildings; $300,000 for 20 homeowners Home Addition Program $100,000 for four homeowners
The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will recieve $75,000 of the money for administering the funds. The authority, which can be reached at (757) 623-1111, is working out the details and is not accepting applications for the program at this time.


Partnership meeting cancelled due to weather

September 26, 2008

Eric Heard, Public Relations Committee, writes in:

With severe weather conditions, including flooding, heavy rains and gusty winds, the decision was made to cancell the scheduled meeting at the Work Force Center.  Every attempt was made to contact invested and/ or interested  parties as to the cancellation.  The guests and center were also notified.
The issue of knowing what was planned, what is happening, what will happen and what SHOULD happen in our largest commercial area is pertinent to the future of our lives and our surroundings.
Our apologies for any inconvenience that this issue may have caused.

Partnership Meeting, Thursday

September 23, 2008

Elyse Kalfus writes in:

Greater Wards Corner Partnership

201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)   7:00 p.m.

Rooms 202 & 204

September 25, 2008

Roberts Rules of Order will be followed

Agenda

1.  Introductions: Please stand and give your name and Civic League.

2.  Pace Reports

3. Guest Speakers: Frank Duke, Planning Commission

Mr. Duke will be discussing the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan as it was originally presented to the people of Wards Corner in 2003.  He will be able to answer questions about the original plan and we will also take a look at what changes might better suit this area now and in the future.  We can discuss these changes and see what will really be the best benefit for Wards Corner.

Please come and join us for this very important event.  Be sure to bring pencil and paper, and if you have a copy of the original plan, take the time to go over it before the meeting and make notes.  The plan can be downloaded from the Wards Corner Now website.

This is a must attend meeting for all of you that live in this area who really have and interest in being a part of making a difference in the place you live and how it affects your future.

Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, September 25.

4.  Taskforce Update

5.  Committee Reports

6.  Audience Topics for Discussion/ Questions & Answers

7.  Meeting Adjourned


Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight

September 23, 2008

The Denby Park, Oakdale Farms & Monticello Village Neighborhood Watch is holding a meeting, tonight, September 23, 2008 at the Workforce Development Center at 6:30.

Tonight will be about gangs and their colors and signs. There should be a gang officer there to present a short film and take any questions.


VP article on WestPort Commons

September 16, 2008

Wards Corner Now previously reported on WestPort Commons back in July in an article “WestPort Commons update“.

Today, the Virginian-Pilot has an article, “Wards Corner condo project to take the place of apartments“.

There is nothing groundbreaking in the article.  Here are a few select quotes:

With prices starting at $150,000 and topping out at $350,000, the $60 million project on Newport Avenue should appeal to buyers of many incomes, Collins said.

Debra Almeter, of Coastal Group Inc., which is marketing the 32-unit Riverpoint project, said interest, but not sales, in the condos has picked up in recent weeks. In the 10 months since the project opened, she has sold one condo and has contracts pending for two others.


Wards Corner Clean-up

September 15, 2008

Laura Thom writes:

Our Fall Wards Corner Clean-up will be this coming Saturday, Sept. 20th (rain date 9/27).  Come join the fun and meet other caring members of the Wards Corner community!

Meet: North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy
7419 Granby St.(next to ATC Fitness)

8:30-9:00 am for coffee, pastries & registration

Activity: Clean Our Corner, 9:00-11:00am

Safety vests, gloves, trash bags, water & snacks provided.

Please RSVP by calling Laura at 489-5820.


Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms designated as a Special Service District

September 12, 2008

A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Norfolk and Norfolk’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority was signed yesterday making Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village a Special Service District. These neighborhoods will now be eligible for grants that will help uplift these neighborhoods.

Pilot Online reports

On Thursday, city officials took a huge step toward ending that perception, and, they say, the deterioration. The Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms neighborhoods are now part of a community revitalization program. The effort will allow the city’s housing authority to offer grants and loans to homeowners to enlarge and repair their homes.

Norfolk has set aside $1 million for the project through June.

A debt of gratitude is owed to the members of the Mayors Wards Corner Task Force and especially to the City Council members and A.C.M. Marcus Jones for their persistance in designating these deserving neighborhoods.


Reminder: Wards Corner Taskforce Meeting

September 8, 2008

The Wards Corner Taskforce meeting is this Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 8:30a.m at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

The agenda is as follows:

I. Recap of Last Meeting

II. Key Topics for Discussion Today

  1. Update on Special Service District
  2. Update on Bon Secours Facility
  3. Update on Thole Street Traffic Calming
  4. Update on Alexis Apartments – Demolition
  5. Update on Ken Easley Property

III. Key Topics for Next Meeting


Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues to hold event to honor victims and heroes of September 11, 2001

September 5, 2008


Health Fair September 27th at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center

September 3, 2008


Mother and boyfriend charged in death of 4 year-old

September 1, 2008

PilotOnline reports that a mother, boyfriend have been charged with murder and child neglect in the death of a 4 year old girl.

Police found Tamera Wooden dead about 4:15 p.m. Sunday inside her mother’s home in the 300 block of East Little Creek Road, said Officer Chris Amos. The search began after the girl’s mother called police about 3 p.m. to report her daughter missing, Amos said.

The suspects are Jathiya Wooden and Troy Allen Edwards who is not the girl’s father. They are are both being held in Norfolk City Jail.


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