Partnership meeting, February 26, 2009

February 24, 2009

Greater Wards Corner Partnership

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

Rooms 202 & 204

February 26, 2009

Roberts Rules of Order will be followed


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


2.  Pace Reports

    3. Discussion Topic: What the Mayor’s state of the City Address holds for the Greater Wards Corner Partnership Area; what we need; can do about getting what we need.
    4.  March 10th the city will have a Special Election for the Office of Commonwealth Attorney, the two candidates for this office will be here to speak to us tonight and give us some background information about themselves, the office, and why they are running.  I know you may have seen one or the other gentleman at a meeting of your own, but this is a time to meet and hear both candidates together and speak to them individually.  Election Day is very close so please come and meet the candidates.

5.  Committee Reports

6.  Audience Topics for Discussion/ Questions & Answers

    We encourage all attendees to bring to the Partnership any issues your civic league may be having that you feel can benefit from the Partnerships involvement.

7. Meeting Adjourned


Property Crime on the rise in Wards Corner

February 12, 2009


Denby Park, Monticello Village, Oakdale Farms Special District programs generate tremendous community interest

February 8, 2009

The following article appeared in the Compass section of the Sunday edition of the Virginian-Pilot




  By Lia Russell


   The Virginian-Pilot

  Lia Russell, 222-5829,

     More than 130 people – nearly double the expected number – attended a recent Wards Corner Residential Renovation and Remodeling Services meeting at the Workforce Development Center.


   The program, sponsored by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, offers qualifying homeowners in Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village loans and grants to make interior and exterior home improvements.


   In September, city officials, working with NRHA, approved a plan that offers $1 million in revitalization assistance for more than 1,200 residential properties in the three neighborhoods.


   “The city has indicated that it will consider additional funding in the next fiscal year,” Judy Haller, NRHA director of residential rehabilitation, said. “Interest like this from homeowners hopefully will help to generate more   funds.”


   Information was mailed to property owners last fall and the effort garnered 80 phone calls and 25 applications that have been pre-qualified, Haller said.


   The recent meeting, on Jan. 29, was the first public meeting on the program held by NRHA with homeowners.        “In my 30 years in the rehabilitation department, this turnout was a first for me,” said Haller, impressed with the amount of interest.


   “There’s just a different feel among this group. There’s not a lot of apprehension. These people really want to improve their neighborhoods.”


   Greg and Teresa Fortner, who have lived in their circa 1942 Oakdale Farms home for seven years, attended. They hope to get assistance to replace their roof and antiquated heating system and repair their chimney – critical improvements they say they can’t afford to make otherwise.


   “It’s nice to see that the city is finally looking at the central part of Norfolk – not just at Ocean View and downtown,” said Greg Fortner, who works at the Norfolk Navy Exchange.


   Property owners may apply for one of three types of improvements – structural, aesthetic or home expansion.


   To qualify, applicants must be up-to-date on property taxes, mortgage payments and   homeowners’ insurance and meet specific income criteria.


   Andrea Sutton, a single mother who purchased her 1940s Monticello Village home in September, is familar with NRHA programs.


   “I received a $30,000 grant through NRHA’s HomeNet program,” Sutton said. “I never thought I’d be able to own a home.”


   Now Sutton, a Chesapeake parole officer, hopes to qualify for a “Home Appeal” grant   to spruce up the exterior of her residence.


   “NRHA is really great to work with,” Sutton said. “But my advice to anyone interested in these programs is ‘have patience.’ The process takes time.”


   With only a 10-member staff to process applications, oversee construction and coordinate financing, Haller concurs.


   “With the amount of interest we’re seeing, we won’t be able to zip through the process,” she said.


   “But we’re going to do our best to get things done in a timely manner. ”

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