Joint Planning Commission and City Council meeting scheduled for Harris Teeter project

March 30, 2012

A special joint meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council has been scheduled for April 24, 2012 at 7pm in City Council chambers.  The meeting was scheduled at the request of City Council in an effort to speed up the approval process for Chris Perry’s project at the southeast corner of Wards Corner which is slated to be a Harris Teeter anchored shopping center.  The public is encouraged to attend and express their concerns / opinions.

As previously reported here on Wards Corner Now, Chris Perry is asking for:

1.  Conditional Change of Zoning.  The applicant is asking to rezone the entire block to Conditional C-3 with conditions that the property shall be developed generally in accordance with the layout attached as Exhibit A, that the outparcel will be single user, and that the buildings constructed will be consistent with the appearance in the rendering attached as Exhibit B.

2.  Adult Use Special Exception for the sale of Alcoholic Beverages for off-premises Consumption.  The applicant is requesting to be able to sell Beer and Wine from 6:00AM to 12:00AM daily at Harris Teeter.

3.  Special Exception to Operate a Retail Establishment After Midnight.  The applicant is requesting to operate a full service Harris Teeter from 12:00AM to 12:00AM daily.

4.  Special Exception to operate a Commercial Drive-Through Facility.  The applicant is requesting to operate a branch banking facility with drive-through lanes to serve customers, including automatic teller machines.

5.  Special Exception to operate a Commerical Drive-Through Facility.  The applicant is requesting to operate a drive through out of the end unit of the shopping center serving food and beverages.  The hours of operation indicated are from 6:00AM to 11:00PM.  The exhibit to this request indicates a “COFFEE HOUSE” in that location.

The complete application can be viewed here (PDF).


Midtown Shopping Center facade rendering

March 18, 2012

Thanks to the Norfolk Department of Development for providing the below rendering of the new facade slated to go up on the Midtown Shopping Center (northeast corner of Wards Corner).  The construction is expected to begin very soon and last approximately 6 months.

New facade slated to be constructed on the Midtown Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Wards Corner.  aka Joan Dalis Martone Property

New facade slated to be constructed on the Midtown Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Wards Corner. aka Joan Dalis Martone Property


Help Needed: Wards Corner Clean-up, March 31, 2012 @ 8:30AM

March 18, 2012

Laura Thom writes in with the following:

Come join students from Norfolk Collegiate and members of the Wards Corner community as we come together for the Wards Corner kick-off of the 2012 Great American Clean-up!

Meet at North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy, 7419 Granby St., 8:30 am Saturday March 31st (rain date Sunday, April 1st).  Trash bags, gloves & refreshments provided. RSVP to Laura at 489-5820.

Also mark your calendar for April 28th: Next Wards Corner clean-up! Same schedule & meeting location, with rain date Sunday April 29th.

Many thanks to Laura and her volunteers for their hard work!


Joan Dalis reveals plan for new facade on Midtown Shopping Center

March 16, 2012

A press conference was held today, March 16, 2012 at 1:30PM in the parking lot in front of the old People’s location in the Midtown Shopping Center (northeast corner of Wards Corner).  There, acting Department of Development Director, Chuck Rigney announced Joan Dalis’ plans to spend more than 1 million dollars on a new facade and a redone parking lot, to include new lighting.  Some photos from the press conference are below.  This post will be updated with official images when they are received from the Department of Development.

Chuck Rigney, Acting Director of Development, introducing the Dalis and Martone families in attendance as well as City Council members

Chuck Rigney, Acting Director of Development, introducing the Dalis and Martone families in attendance as well as City Council members

Chuck Rigney, Acting Director of Development, introducing the Dalis and Martone families in attendance as well as City Council members

Joan Dalis (left) and the Dalis and Martone family members

Mayor Paul Fraim celebrating, "Wards Corner is Back!"

Mayor Paul Fraim celebrating, "Wards Corner is Back!"

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, right side facing Little Creek Road

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, right side facing Little Creek Road

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, left side facing Granby Street

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, left side facing Granby Street

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, middle view

Midtown Shopping Center - new facade, middle view


Chris Perry files Application for rezoning, Harris Teeter, Bank, Drive-Through Coffee Shop

March 15, 2012
Exhibit A - Layout of Suburban Park Shopping Center

Exhibit A - Layout of Suburban Park Shopping Center

The City of Norfolk has received the following applications regarding the new Harris Teeter anchored shopping center planned for the southeast corner of Wards Corner:

1.  Conditional Change of Zoning.  The applicant is asking to rezone the entire block to Conditional C-3 with conditions that the property shall be developed generally in accordance with the layout attached as Exhibit A, that the outparcel will be single user, and that the buildings constructed will be consistent with the appearance in the rendering attached as Exhibit B.

Exhibit B - Suburban Park Shopping Center, Granby Street Elevation

Exhibit B - Suburban Park Shopping Center, Granby Street Elevation

2.  Adult Use Special Exception for the sale of Alcoholic Beverages for off-premises Consumption.  The applicant is requesting to be able to sell Beer and Wine from 6:00AM to 12:00AM daily at Harris Teeter.

3.  Special Exception to Operate a Retail Establishment After Midnight.  The applicant is requesting to operate a full service Harris Teeter from 12:00AM to 12:00AM daily.

4.  Special Exception to operate a Commercial Drive-Through Facility.  The applicant is requesting to operate a branch banking facility with drive-through lanes to serve customers, including automatic teller machines.

5.  Special Exception to operate a Commerical Drive-Through Facility.  The applicant is requesting to operate a drive through out of the end unit of the shopping center serving food and beverages.  The hours of operation indicated are from 6:00AM to 11:00PM.  The exhibit to this request indicates a “COFFEE HOUSE” in that location.

The complete application can be viewed here (PDF).


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