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

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.

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5 Responses to Cottage Road Park splits from Oakdale Farms/Denby Park Civic League

  1. CBP says:

    That’s disappointing…that block of Tidewater Drive (and more specifically that side of the street) is badly in need of new businesses and revitalization. While being a creative business model, the all under one roof Pho Hung, taco, and Philly cheese steak place (a.k.a. Speedy Gonzalez) is badly in need of capital improvements. While I do understand their concerns I hope this civic league is more open to dialogue in the future if a more prominent suitor ever comes knocking.

  2. harleynuke says:

    I reviewed the plans supplied by Cookout Restaurant to the Zoning Commission and talked with the developer for Cookout. At that time I expressed my reservations on the viability of such an endeavor so close to four other fast food chains. Even the site review team from the city of Norfolk wrote on their recommendation for approval that they did so with reservation, citing a possible conflict with the restaurants close proximity to a residential area and a single entrance and exit on a side street within our community.

    While we adamantly oppose the proposal brought forth by Cookout Restaurant, we are not opposed to the revitalization of the Tidewater Drive Corridor and look forward to reviewing future proposals, which are more in line with the needs of our community.

    Cottage Road Park is now a stand-alone civic league registered with the City of Norfolk. Oakdale Farms/Denby Park no longer represents our interests in all things dealing with our community. Those of us who are stakeholders in Cottage Road Park will decide all matters now dealing with our neighborhood.

  3. Dawn C says:

    If you get another offer,they are rare. I don’t see what the problem would be but I don’t live in there. That side of Tidewater drive along that area could use a face lift,I would have taken what I could get,look how long it has been looking like that already. Open your minds to some CHANGE!

  4. Lee G. says:

    I agree with blocking a not so good looking place from expanding to an even larger not so good looking place. We already have enough questionable people wandering around the neighborhood at night. If they have the money to expand then clean up the existing establishment and show the nearby neighbors they mean well, then re-approach the idea in the future.

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