Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion citizen information meetings planned

November 29, 2008

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has scheduled two citizen information meetings in December 2008 on possible Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) congestion solutions.

Transportation officials will outline a Draft Expansion Feasibility Study of the Hampton Roads crossing on Interstate 64 and present several preliminary concepts for the expansion of the interstate network. 

Meetings scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Granby High School
7101 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA

The citizen information meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a project presentation at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.

For more information click on the various expansion alternatives click on

Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Feasibility Study


Project Focus November Newsletter

November 26, 2008


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Wards Corner Litter Cleanup, December 6

November 26, 2008

Laura Thom writes in with the following news on the next Wards Corner Cleanup:

You’re invited!  Join members of the Wards Corner community for some holiday cheerfulness & goodwill as we come together to spruce up our Corner for the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 6 (rain date Dec. 13).

Meet 8:30-9:00 am at North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy, 7419 Granby St. (next to ATC Fitness) for coffee & pastries.

Litter pick-up 9:00-11:30 am.

Return to North Shore for volunteer lunch 11:30-12:30.

RSVP required by Dec. 1st. 489-5820.

Open letter to Mayor Fraim

November 24, 2008

Joan Griffey, Wards Corner resident, wrote the following email to Mayor Fraim:

Dear Mayor Fraim

You were elected the  Mayor of our City of Norfolk.  Recently, you stated that “the growth downtown hasn’t occurred by accident. It occurred because we had a vision.” Wards Corner is a wonderful, but neglected, part of our  city.  Do you have a vision for us??  We are open to a comfortable place for pedestrians to be, to a series of plans for local development, to retail shops and housing and restuarants.  Is there a vision to extend  downtown priorities to our section of the City?   We would love to shed our image as a “deadzone”.  As the City visions   an  user  friendly downtown area for light rail travelers, it should also envision making  Wards Corner user friendly for   I64 /HRBT gridlock travelers.  I refer to Harry Minium’s article on  Nov. 23   “PLAN FOR 2020 RESHAPES CITY”  in the VA PILOT.  We have 4 Council members as representatives of our Partnershiop area. Surely, working with them, a vision could be formed and shaped and acted upon.  We are waiting ……and waiting.  Thank you for making it a front burner issue in 2009.

Next Wards Corner Partnership meeting – January 22, 2009

November 23, 2008

With the Holiday Season upon us, we at the Greater Wards Corner Partnership would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

As Thanksgiving and Christmas both fall within our meeting dates for November and December, our next scheduled meeting will be held:

DATE:          January 22, 2009.
TIME:           7:00 p.m.,
LOCATION:   201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)
Rooms 202 & 204.

Stay warm and above all, have a wonderful holiday!

Lt. Todd Cox murder on Nancy Grace / CNN

November 11, 2008

The April 24, 2008 murder of LT Todd Cox is being featured on Nancy Grace on CNN.  Grace did a short segment on this case last Friday, and we will do another this Friday, the 14th on CNN Headline News at 8pm and 10pm.

The following are pertinent excerpts from the transcript of last Friday’s show:

GRACE: And tonight, a hometown Navy officer gunned down in cold blood. No, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, in upscale Virginia suburbs, and the tragedy unfolds directly in front of the victim`s two little girls, his fiancee and the family dog on a stroll in a quaint, pristine neighborhood. Tonight, the manhunt. Who killed Navy Lieutenant Todd Cox (ph)?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We went from planning a wedding to a funeral. And it`s just the same nightmare every day you wake up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A fiancee desperate for help, speaking out after her future husband brutally gunned down. Naval Lieutenant Todd Cox went for a walk with his family. Out of nowhere, a pick-up truck pulls up, a gunman walks up to Todd and fires at point-blank range, hitting Todd multiple times, the brutal murder right in front of his own fiancee and family. Now his fiancee begs for just one tip, so justice is served.
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Man shot in Wards Corner Farm Fresh parking lot

November 9, 2008

A man was shot inside a parked car Sunday afternoon in the Wards Corner Farm Fresh parking lot.  Pilot Online repots that the man had gotten into an altercation with four men inside the supermarket, and the men followed him outside,  and one of them shot him.

Virginian-Pilot: Wards Corner retail hub needs rehab

November 3, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot had an article in Sunday’s paper titled “Once a gem, Norfolk’s Wards Corner retail hub needs rehab

Wards Corner thrived decades ago, housing one of the city’s most upscale shopping centers that luxury retailers dubbed “the Times Square of the South.”

But times have changed in this heavily traveled section of the city.

“It’s a wasteland,” City Councilwoman Theresa Whibley, who represents Wards Corner, said recently of the area’s commercial district. “Any of us who saw what it once was are saddened to see what’s happened to Wards Corner. That area needs a lot of help.”

Read the entire article here.

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