Sal’s Pizza coming to Wards Corner

September 28, 2012

Sal’s Pizza Wards Corner is expected to open on October 1, 2012 at the old Wards Corner Del Vecchios location at 7556 Virginian Drive.  The planned hours are Mon-Sat: 11AM-10PM and Sun: 11AM-9PM.

Sal’s Pizza Wards Corner is independently owned and operated; however, it is affiliated with Sal’s Pizza on E. Little Creek Road.  They will be predominately take-out and delivery; however, they will have limited dine-in as well. There are no current plans to serve alcohol.

They have completed some minor renovations with the dine-in area to include refacing the tables and chairs. They also put in a new drink counter and replaced the fire suppression system.   Additionally, they replaced the storefront sign with a sign they hope people will be able to see from Granby Street.

You can visit their website at They have online ordering and rewards programs.

Sal’s Pizza Wards Corner is owned by Two Brothers Pizza, LLC.  Two Brothers Pizza, LLC was created by brothers Terry LaBeff and Chad Caldwell.   The brothers were separated in 1987 when their mother passed away.  Chad was moved to Western Pennsylvania and Terry remained in Upstate New York.   For 22 years they had no communication until one day in 2009 Chad found out that Terry lived in Norfolk.  Chad, at the time, was living in Virginia Beach.   The two brother have reconnected and gone into business together to bring Sal’s Pizza to Wards Corner.  Terry currently lives in the Riverpoint area of Norfolk and Chad continues to reside in Virginia Beach.

Sal’s pizza, at their other location on E. Little Creek Road, has a history of working with Norfolk Public Schools.  “We are looking forward to becoming a part of Wards Corner and are excited about working with additional Norfolk Public Schools and their respective PTAs”  says Terry LaBeff.


Volunteers Needed – Wards Corner Beautification and Clean-up – October 13

September 25, 2012

As we enjoy the cooler temperatures of this beautiful season, let’s also refresh our environment.  Come join us to have fun, celebrate fall, and tend our own special Corner of the world !

Wards Corner Beautification & Clean-up

 Saturday, October 13th

Schedule & location:

8-8:30am-Registration; coffee & breakfast goodies

North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy

     7419 Granby St. (plenty of parking behind clinic)

8:30-11am-Clean our Corner!(Return supplies 11am)

Trash bags, gloves, & water provided. Community service hours documented if needed.

      RSVP: PLEASE call Laura Thom at 489-5820

                        Rain Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, same schedule


Wards Corner Farm Fresh to add pharmacy drive-thru among other improvements

September 24, 2012

If you have not noticed, the Farm Fresh grocery store at Wards Corner has been undergoing significant upgrades over the last few months.  Thus far, the interior has been renovated with new fixtures and the exterior has been repainted and new signs installed.  Next on their list of improvements is a new pharmacy which will begin construction tonight.  They have also filed for a special exception to operate a drive-thru.  The drive-thru will be for a “pharmacy window and canopy along with related minor site work (signs, pavement markings, etc.)”.

The pharmacy will be a “reverse” drive-thru in that the cars will drive by the building such that the pharmacy window will be on the passenger side of the vehicle and the driver will interact with the pharmacy through a pneumatic tube.  A reverse drive-thru was chosen based on safety concerns and traffic flow patterns within the parking lot.

The grocery store is open 24/7 but the pharmacy will have the following hours:  Weekdays 9am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 10am – 4pm.  The drive-thru lane is planned for the south side of the building (the side facing KFC and Wendy’s).  The application can be reviewed here (PDF).  Farm Fresh is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on October 25, 2012 which will make a recommendation to City Council regarding the drive-thru application.  If approved, construction is expected to begin within 4-6 weeks of approval and construction time is approximately 3 weeks.

Additionally, Farm Fresh is in talks with their landlord regarding parking lot improvements.  The current parking lot is an old concrete lot and it is beginning to settle and crack.  The appearance of the lot, because of its age, could stand to be improved.  The preliminary plan is to overlay the parking lot with asphalt and increase the height to the level of the interior of the store.  The height increase will enable Farm Fresh to do away with the need for handicapped ramps.

At this time there is no time frame available on the parking lot improvements but the interior renovations are on-time and slated to be complete by November 1, 2012.

Cottage Road Park splits from Oakdale Farms/Denby Park Civic League

September 20, 2012
Boundaries of Cottage Road Park

Boundaries of Cottage Road Park Civic League

For years Oakdale Farms, Denby Park, and Cottage Row Park have shared a civic league aptly titled “Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League” accordingly to the city.  It appears that a recent disagreement between the combined civic league and residents in the Cottage Road Park area about a proposed rezoning has resulted in a new civic league – Cottage Road Park Civic League.

The disagreement was over the proposed rezoning of 7482 Wellington Road which is to the rear of the old Speedy Gonzalez on Tidewater Drive.  The proposal was from Cook-Out Restaurant, a North Carolina BBQ chain that would have combined the Speedy Gonzalez property with 7482 Wellington Road.  Cook-Out was proposing a 24 hour double drive-thru store.

The Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League voted in favor of the Cook-Out rezoning but residents on and around Wellington Road objected.  The objections resulted in Cook-Out withdrawing their application for the rezoning and probably looking for a location elsewhere in the city.

Cottage Road Park Civic League’s website states:

Why a Civic League of Our Own?

Last month, the Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League, which had claimed our neighborhood, voted to support the developers of a 24-hour fast food restaurant that would have rezoned residential property on Wellington Road against the voiced opposition of residents. This action would have turned one side of Wellington into the back ends of businesses on Tidewater drive, and also brought unwanted noise, and traffic 24 hours a day. A two-day effort by representatives of our neighborhood garnered enough opposition that the developers withdrew their rezoning request before it could be voted on. During that effort, there was an almost unanimous interest in forming our own civic league to protect against future threats.

The new civic league meets at 7 PM on the first Monday of each month at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 110 Building, 520 Naval Base Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23505.  Their first meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2012.

Greater Wards Corner Task Force Meeting – September 13, 2012

September 17, 2012

Meeting highlights:

  • The out-parcel at the new Harris Teeter shopping center will be a TowneBank
  • The lease with Harris Teeter has been signed
  • The above ground utilities on Granby and E. Little Creek abutting the Harris Teeter property will be buried
  • Talbot Hall has been put on the market by the Episcopal Diocese that owns the property

Thanks, as always, to Karen Mayne to keeping notes on the Taskforce meetings.  Below are her notes from September 13, 2012.

The meeting was led by Councilman Andy Protogyrou. Council representatives Whibley and
Winn were also present.

Department of Development Updates – Charles Rigney

Suburban Park Shopping Center – The lease with Harris Teeter has been signed. Letters of intent are in place for all spaces in the new shopping center except one space at the south end.  The out-parcel building will be filled by Towne Bank. On Granby Street at Louisiana there will be a new left turn lane and stop light heading southbound. On Louisiana there will be two turn lanes. There may be an additional light needed on the east side of Little Creek Road and the City has an agreement with Mrs. Dallis to take a parking space in the Mid-town Shopping Center if needed for this traffic light. The City is paying for these traffic improvements.

Mid-Town Center Shopping Center – Mrs. Dallis did not reach an agreement with Dollar Tree so there will be no store in the renovated shopping center. The owner of the gas station is looking for offers to sell but it is unclear what might go there. Mrs. Dallis is not interested in purchasing the property. The 7-11 company expressed interest in the site, but the City does not think the public would want a 7-11 store in that location.

Other Development News: The 7-11 Corporation is looking to move and upgrade a number of corporate owned stores in the region, including the store on the southwest side of Wards Corner.  The City is trying to help find an appropriate new location for the store. Discussions continue with potential developers of the Work Force Center property. The liquor license application by the Pancake House was approved by City Council on Tuesday. The former physical therapy building is still under consideration for an urgent care facility. The application by the national chain, Cookout Restaurant, to take over the Speedy Gonzales restaurant on Tidewater Drive was withdrawn by the company after two residents in the area expressed opposition. The Denby Park Civic League supports the project and the City indicated the Cookout company will come back in for approval after further discussions with residents. The Guads restaurant should be open in early October. The need for repaving of the parking lot was discussed.

Department of Public Works Updates – John Keifer/Ann Kelly

Utilities Undergrounding at Wards Corner – Three options for placing the utilities underground on the east side at the Suburban Park Shopping Center were presented. Option 1 would put the utilities underground along the southeast side of Granby Street and Little Creek Road for $160,000. Option 2 would also include the entire perimeter of the shopping center (adding in Louisiana and Virginian frontages) for $3,600,000. Option 3 would also include the northeast side of Little Creek (Mid-Town Shopping Center) from Granby to Virginian for $2,900,000. It was pointed out that the cost estimates for Options 2 and 3 appeared to be reversed. Task Force members agreed that putting the utilities underground along Louisiana and Virginian was not a priority, nor was the north side at the present time. Option 1 will be requested as a Capital
Improvement Project in the City’s 2013 budget since the cost is reasonable and it makes sense to do the project while the entire corner is under construction. Public Works was requested to go back and determine the cost of doing the north-east corner along Granby Street and Little Creek

Road for future consideration.

Wards Corner Redevelopment Plan – There is still $2 million budgeted by the City for the redevelopment of the area. The group agreed that the redevelopment of blighted areas of the greater Wards Corner area is a priority over placing the utilities underground.

Police Report

Crime statistics for the greater Wards Corner area remain low. Civic league representatives pointed out that it appears prostitutes may be working the Little Creek corridor from Wards Corner to Galveston. There may also be an issue with the small unpaved section of Galveston at Virginian Drive. The vice squad will be notified. The police are also looking into the issue of students leaving Granby High at lunchtime.

Community Reports

Karen Mayne reported that there is a need for a larger and reconfigured bus port at Suburban Park Elementary since school buses back up on Thole Street, and there is a problem with soil erosion at the front of the school. Council representatives asked the Public Works department to work on an engineering plan for the bus port that could be submitted as a Capital Improvement Project in the next year’s budget.

Jim McDonnell reported that Talbot Hall (owned by the Episcopal Church) has been listed for sale with Harvey Lindsay real estate company. The property is zoned institutional.

Community Services Board president Kenny Bryant reported that the transition of the CSB to City management is going well.

Norfolk Collegiate reported that the construction of its new arts center is on schedule for a March 2013 opening.

The group discussed the need for school crossing flashing lights at the Norfolk Christian Lower School on Granby Street and the Norfolk Collegiate Lower School on Tidewater Drive. This will be discussed further at the next task force meeting.

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