Harris Teeter plans and design to be unveiled

January 25, 2012

Chris Perry, on behalf of Suburban Land Management, will be attending civic league meetings in Wards Corner, Talbot Park, and Suburban Acres in February to unveil his plans and design for a brand new Harris Teeter anchored shopping center at the southeast corner of Wards Corner.

The following meetings are open to the public to view the plans:

Suburban Acres Civic League meeting:
February 13, 2012 @ 6:30
Location: Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole St.

Talbot Park Civic League meeting:
February 21, 2012 @ 7:00
Location: Royster Memorial Church, 6901 Newport Ave.

Wards Corner Civic League meeting:
February 27, 2012 @ 6:45
Location: Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Ave.


Op-Ed: Fed up in Denby Park

January 24, 2012

We live in Denby park.  If you stand in our drive way and look down to your right, you will see a beautiful tree lined street, the trees bloom beautiful in the spring.   The yards are kept up and the homes charming.  People walk their dogs, kids play in their backyards.  Neighbors know and take care of each other.

If you turn and look the other way you will see  run down apartment buildings on Galveston. People sitting outside drinking beer, yelling and loitering.  If you looked at night you would likely see a young lady or two walking up and down the street offering her services.  You would be brave to cross from our side to the other side.  We just don’t do it.
My children cannot ride their bikes, play out front and climb those beautiful blooming trees in the spring, and we sure can’t leave our doors or cars unlocked.  We are awakened by gun shots and sirens on a weekly basis it seems.

City of Norfolk, you disappoint me. When we were looking for a home we found this charming 5 bedroom, we were told the projects were coming down, the city installed cameras.  4 years later, we are still waiting.  We have witnessed no improvement.

Wards Corner has so much potential.  While I am excited about the upcoming improvements I think the city is wasting their money until they deal with Denby Park.  It just festers like a boil in the community.  IF I had my wish they would tear it down tomorrow and build a nice park complex or new homes.   We are tired of the excuses, we are tired of a slum lord that keeps passing by.  Why are these projects still here?

So Norfolk, I would appreciate it if you would come and tell my children the reason they can’t play in their own front yard safely is because the city keeps finding excuses to fix this problem.  Please tell them that you cannot keep their street safe enough for children to play outside.  Please don’t tell me again after a group of teens almost robbed my child of his bike and I stupidly chased them down into the ghetto that there is nothing you can do about it.  Please tell my neighbors who were robbed point blank at 7 am in the morning last year that it happens.  Stop making excuses and clean it up already.

-Tricia in Denby Park.  Tricia asked that her last name be kept anonymous to protect herself and her loved ones.

VP Editorial on Wards Corner

January 20, 2012

Michelle Washington, a reporter and editorial writer for the Virginian-Pilot and apparently a resident of Wards Corner, wrote an editorial in today’s edition of the paper about Wards Corner.  The article can be read here.

Selected portions:

Once again, we are all, old residents and new, eyeing the future of Wards Corner with hope.

The city’s confirmation last week that developer Chris Perry would bring a new $18 million Harris Teeter to the southeast corner of the intersection brought me wild imaginings of what else the development might draw. Perhaps excitement about a grocery store is merely a strong indicator of how much time I spend at the grocery store. It could also be an indication that folks nearby will support not only an upscale grocery store like HT, but a number of other restaurants, bars and retailers that would benefit from the foot traffic generated by a supermarket.

Instead of a string of disappointments, Wards Corner residents have recently witnessed a series of victories. Last summer the city bought seven apartment buildings in Denby Park, an area that has long struggled with blight and crime. Norfolk Collegiate School is constructing an $8.5 million arts center on Granby Street just blocks from Little Creek Road.

Future of Meadowbrook Elementary to be discussed

January 18, 2012

The Meadowbrook Civic League is having a meeting Thursday, January 19, 2012 at The Church of the Good Shepard on North Shore and Hampton Blvd. at 7:30PM.

The future of Meadowbrook Elementary School will be discussed and members of other area civic leagues have been invited.  A contractor who has made a proposal regarding the future use of the school be will giving a presentation.

Chris Perry revealed his timeline for Harris Teeter

January 12, 2012
The new shopping center will replace the entire block, marked in red.

The new shopping center will replace the entire block, marked in red.

Chris Perry, on behalf of Suburban Land Management, attended the  Wards Corner Taskforce meeting this morning.  Suburban Land Management now owns the entire block bounded by Granby St on the West, E. Little Creek Road on the North, Virginian Drive on the East, and Louisiana Drive on the South.

Mr. Perry and his partners, who attended the meeting, provided an  approximate timeline for the demolition and construction of the new shopping center.  Harris Teeter is expected to be the new anchor.  According to the Virginian-Pilot, Harris Teeter has agreed in principle to build a 53,000-square foot outlet and the entire investment on behalf of Harris Teeter and Suburban Land Management will be $18 million.

The plan is for Mr. Perry to attend civic and community meetings in February and go before the Planning Commission and City Council and March and April, respectively.  The project must go before the Planning Commission and Council because a number of properties that will be included in the new development need to be rezoned.

Demolition is expected to begin in the summer of 2012 and Mr. Perry is hopeful that the new shopping center will open in 2014.

Wards Corner Now will be posting a schedule of civic and community meetings in the near future where Mr. Perry and Suburban Land Management are expected to reveal initial designs of the new development.


Crime reports continue in 300 blocks of Little Creek, San Antonio, and Fort Worth

January 5, 2012

December 2011 brought an increase in the number of reported crimes in the 300 block of E. Little Creek Road, San Antonio Blvd and Fort Worth Ave from 15 in November to 17 in December.  These three blocks continue to exert downward pressure on surrounding communities.

We must continue to focus on the acquisition of the substandard housing in these three blocks that breed crime and blight.  The stats are below:

Crime                   Location                      Date/time
VANDALISM               300 BLOCK E LITTLE CREEK RD   12/24/2011 19:00:00
VANDALISM               300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV       12/22/2011 23:07:00
ROBBERY-INDIVIDUAL      300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV       12/22/2011 10:50:00
LARCENY (ALL OTHERS)    300 BLOCK E LITTLE CREEK RD   12/18/2011 13:40:00
LARCENY-FROM AUTO       300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD    12/17/2011 23:00:00
VANDALISM               300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD    12/15/2011 22:50:00
LARCENY (ALL OTHERS)    300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD    12/13/2011 13:00:00
VANDALISM               300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD    12/13/2011 11:56:00
NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS    300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV       12/12/2011 10:18:00
NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS    300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV       12/12/2011 10:18:00
VANDALISM               300 BLOCK E LITTLE CREEK RD   12/6/2011 22:38:00
December 2011 crime stats for the 300 blocks of San Antonio, Forth Worth, and E. Little Creek Road

December 2011 crime stats for the 300 blocks of San Antonio, Forth Worth, and E. Little Creek Road


Norfolk to hold budget outreach meetings

January 4, 2012

Over the next 30 days, the City of Norfolk is reaching out to residents, employees and others for ideas, concerns and questions as the City develops the budget proposal that will be considered by City Council in April.

The City will host five meetings in January for public discussions on the fiscal challenges facing Norfolk. The discussions will focus on the fiscal challenges of the city and will be structured to ensure residents have opportunities to discuss spending priorities, service delivery strategies, and savings strategies.

The budget outreach meeting that will be most convenient for the citizens of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership area will be held at the Third Patrol Division, 901 Asbury Avenue, Norfolk 23513. The Third Patron Division is located behind the Wal-Mart on Tidewater Drive off of  Central Business Park Drive

Link to Map for meeting location: http://g.co/maps/y6xe2

2013 Budget Outreach Flyer



2011 in review

January 2, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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