Brewer, Protogyrou, and Saunders Questionnaire

March 31, 2010
Ward One

Ward One

The following email was sent to Ward 1 City Council candidates, Chuck Brewer, Andy Protogyrou, and Barbara Saunders.  (If anyone has an email for Paul Trice, please use the “Contact Us” link on this page and I will invite him to participate).

On behalf of Wards Corner Now  I’d like to thank you all for giving up your time and energy to run for the Ward One council seat.  For the first time ever, Wards Corner Now is contacting candidates with a questionnaire, the responses to which I would like to post on   I plan on posting each of your responses to Question 1 on April 13, Question 2 on April 14, and Question 3 on April 15.

All responses will be due by April 11.  Please include your website and a digital photograph that you would like posted along with your responses.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit our website and sign up for the email updates.

I thank you for your cooperation and look forward to the receipt of your responses.  Here are the questions:

1.  As you know, Wards Corner Now concerns itself with issues that directly affect the Greater Wards Corner Area.  Please list and describe those issues that are, in your opinion, the most pressing issues affecting the Greater Wards Corner Area.

2.  Please explain in detail the solutions you intend to utilize to address the issues you identified in question #1, above.

3.  Detail those items in the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan that you believe are incorrect or need to be changed and explain why you believe so.

Light Rail to Wards Corner

March 30, 2010

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation released a Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads in March 2009.  Their transit vision statement for Hampton Roads:

An integrated public transit network will provide Hampton Roads with transportation choice, thereby ensuring greater mobility, economic development, environmental protection, energy independence, and quality of life.

According to the Plan, after extending The Tide light rail system to the oceanfront, the next step is to extend light rail from Newtown Rd, to the airport, through Wards Corner, and on to the Naval Base.

[The proposed Wards Corner extension] runs from I-264 parallel to Military Highway and I-64 to Naval Station Norfolk.   Currently adopted 2034 forecasts of residential density in the corridor do not support rail, except along Little Creek Road west of I-564. However, the corridor links several important regional activity centers including providing improved transit access to Norfolk International Airport and Naval Station Norfolk.  A study conducted in 1999 identified this corridor as feasible for extending light rail to Naval Station Norfolk. High speed/high capacity transit in this corridor is further justified by the large number of workers who commute from Virginia Beach to Naval Station Norfolk.

Light Rail through Wards Corner

Light Rail through Wards Corner

The three closest proposed stations are located at Tidewater Drive, at Wards Corner, and on Torgerson Road (Meredith St near Terminal Blvd).  The Vision further suggests that the following steps be taken:

Update the Comprehensive Plan to include policies to specifically support Norfolk’s transit initiatives, including those along this corridor; and

Encourage moderate density residential development along this corridor.  Use existing policies and apply zoning designations used in other areas to achieve desired results.

Light rail is an extremely important issue to Wards Corner and Wards Corner Now will continue to track this issue.    Any redevelopment that is done now needs to be done with future light rail connections in mind.  Review the report yourself:  Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads.

Ward 1 Candidate Debates, Northside Civic League

March 29, 2010

The Northside Civic League will be hosting a debate of the Ward One City Council candidates on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 7PM.

Northside Civic League's Facebook post regarding Candidate Forum

Northside Civic League's Facebook post regarding Candidate Debate

The debate will be held at St. Matthias Hall at St. John Lutheran Church, 8918 Tidewater Drive.  The event is open to all.

AJ Lacy sentenced to 50 years for Denby Park murder

March 27, 2010
Alton Joe "A.J." Lacy

Alton Joe "A.J." Lacy

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison.   He received 20 years for second-degree murder, five years for the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and 25 years for probation violations.

Lacy, who is 30 years old, plead guilty in January to shooting Troy Booker on Fort Worth Avenue in the Denby Park neighborhood of Wards Corner.   The murder occurred on September 13, 2009.

This story was previously reported on by Wards Corner Now on September 13, 2009, September 18, 2009, and January 22, 2010.

Midtown Shopping Center assessed at $6,822,900

March 23, 2010
Midtown Shopping Center

Midtown Shopping Center

The Midtown Shopping Center at Wards Corner, also known as The Martone Property or The Dalis Property, is assessed by the City for $6,822,900.  It is zoned C3, it is 262ft from the nearest fire hydrant, and the property is 4.6 acres.

It has five (5) active code enforcement cases and the last follow-up inspection was July 23, 2009.  The property’s last public health code enforcement case was handled on January 10, 2008 based on a complaint of solid waste and rats.



Why is any of this information important enough to share with you?  Because it is all easily available on a new website provided by the City of Norfolk.  Visit the website for NorfolkAIR or Norfolk Address Information Resource.  It can be found at or in the links section on the right side of this website.

Explore the website and use it to stay informed.

Wards Corner Barber Shop featured

March 22, 2010
15 Barbers

15 Barbers, Courtesy Cindy Clayton-

The Virginian-Pilot has done a feature on the Wards Corner barber shop, 15 Barbers,  titled “Where were the good old days? They were here at Wards Corner Barber Shop“.

Barber Reggie Minnix worked at the shop for 20 years and owned it for the last 10. Minnix died last summer and left the shop to his children. His son, Dean Minnix, a land surveyor, and daughter, Stephanie Thornton, hope to sell the business to an entrepreneurial barber, like their father.

“Our biggest desire is that it remains a barber shop,” Minnix said. “We want it to keep the nostalgia it currently has.”

Minnix said he has a prospective buyer and is hopeful the business will remain.

A video is also posted here at

Joel Rubin to host City-wide Candidates Forum

March 22, 2010
Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin

The Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues will be sponsoring a City – Wide Candidates Forum.  It will be held on April 8th at Granby High School in the Auditorium.  The event will run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. but the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

All candidates have been invited to participate.  All but three candidates have confirmed attendance.

The Forum will be moderated by Joel Rubin.  An email account has been set up for the submission of questions to be posed to the Ward and Mayoral Candidates.  Send all submissions to  When submitting your questions please indicate your Ward number.  Questions must be submitted no later than Friday March 26th.  Mr. Rubin will make the final decisions as to which questions will be used.

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