Over the next 30 days, the City of Norfolk is reaching out to residents, employees, and others for ideas, concerns, and questions, as we develop the budget proposal that will be considered by City Council in April.
Your attendance is requested at the Wards Corner Now meeting on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
The main speaker will be Planning Commission member, Syble Stone.
Edit: corrected date.
According to the Virginian-Pilot article, Councilpersons Tommy Smigiel, Angelia Williams and Andy Protogyrou are holding a town hall meeting this Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 9a.m. at Granby High School in the greater Wards Corner Area.
A representative from Tivest Development has been invited to present on their plan for the Midtown Office Tower that would be built at Tidewater Drive and Virginia Beach Blvd. The project is proposed to be subsidized by the City paying substantially more in rent than it is paying now.
Ann Abraham, a Wards Corner resident, was one of the first to write in about this meeting:
This is in reference to proposed town hall meeting at Granby high school Saturday Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. I think it will be an important meeting for the Wards Corner Civic league to show their strength.
As you may have read in the newspaper, the city manager and staff along with mayor Fraim, councilmen Riddick and Burfoot are in favor of using city funds to support a private developer. The project is called midtown office building. There is no need for the city to develop every vacant lot in the city. Tax payers’ funds should be used throughout the community, not for handpicked private developers. These funds will be diverted from the redevelopment of wards corner. We need to voice our opposition to the needless output of taxpayers funds to benefit a private developer. This project doesn’t make sense. I don’t need to remind you that help for wards corner has been on the back burner. I think it would be equally important to get the word out to other civic leagues. Perhaps you can pass this message on.
Please attend the Wards Corner Now meeting Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
1. Syble stone, Vice Chair of the Norfolk Planning Commission.
2. Denby Park property acquisition update
3. Redevelopment update
4. Collins project- Update on project and recent proposed changes to design.
Another long-time Wards Corner business closes down. Wards Corner Now received word that Sarah’s Cards and Gifts, formerly known as Sarah’s Hallmark Shop, has closed its’ doors for good.
It is very sad to see another business go and there may be plenty of blame to go around, but as one local businessman put it, “To look at the glass as half full though, 34 years in business there says something very positive about Ward’s Corner.”
In Wards Corner, our development department continues in active discussions with major property owners in the heart of the business district. Subject to an improvement in the retail sector, new development opportunities are expected to be identified later this year. City council is mindful that more needs to be done in Wards Corner. We know and share the frustration with the pace of activity. There is great potential in Wards Corner, and we are determined to see the effort through to completion.
The full address can be read here (PDF).
WVEC.com is reporting that MacArthur Mall and Wards Corner are two of areas hardest hit by the rough economy.
Overall, the report showed a decline of 3.9% city-wide and in Wards Corner it was the worst since 2001. In fact, eight businesses closed in Wards Corner during the past year.
“It’s the gateway to our downtown and it really has declined to a mere shadow of its former self,” described city commissioner of revenue, Sharon McDonald.
The Wards Corner Civic League says its main priority is having the city buy the land in Denby Park.
The Commissioner of Revenue has posted the 2010 Sales and Revenue Report on her website and the following information can be found within the report: