VDOT and Navy agree to move forward with I-564 intermodal connector

December 27, 2012

The Virginian Pilot is reporting and Governor McDonnell has announced that VDOT and the Navy have signed a Memorandum of Agreement allowing VDOT to move forward with the construction phase of the I-564 intermodal connector.

Construction is expected to begin in late summer 2013 and construction is expected to be complete in September 2015.

Here (PDF) is a flyer with details about the project.

A preliminary map of the work is here (PDF).


December taskforce meeting minutes

December 21, 2012

Thanks, as always, to Karen Mayne for the following minutes.

Talbot Hall Foundation – Jay Taylor

Dr. Taylor represents a group of citizens who are trying to save Talbot Hall from development.  The property consists of 6.5 acres and the house was built in the early 1800s.  The Episcopal Diocese of eastern Virginia has hired Harvey Lindsey to study the disposal of the property, but it is not up for sale as of yet.  The Foundation is looking for community support to preserve the property for some type of public use.  For more information, go to:  http://savetalbothall.org/

Department of Public Works – Alice Kelly

Undergrounding of Utilities at Wards Corner —  The group approved the design of the concrete support poles.  The DPW will put in a budget request for the 2014 budget cycle to place the utilities on the southeast corner underground.

Red Light Cameras – Wards Corner is one of several locations being considered by the City for red light cameras.  Engineering designs are underway.  When the cameras are installed, there will be a 30 day period during which traffic citations will not be issued.

Sidewalks at Suburban Park Elementary – DPW and the Norfolk School System will share responsibility for repairs of raised sections of sidewalks at the school.  Work will be done over the Christmas break.   DPW will repair the sections of sidewalk along the street; the school system will repair the sections around the perimeter of the school.

School Zone Lights – After evaluation, DPW is not recommending additional school zone lights for Norfolk Christian upper school on Thole or the lower school on Granby because the schools are some distance from the public schools they are near and school hours and holidays are different.  They believe that additional police enforcement should help, noting that speeding violations in school zones carry a $400 fine.  DPW will look at placing larger school zone signs on Thole Street at Norfolk Christian upper school and the Norfolk Police Department will work with the school on tips for parents to improve traffic control.

Wards Corner Redevelopment – Chuck Rigney gave a historical overview of the establishment of Wards Corner from the 1940s to today.  No new information was presented other than what we have heard recently through Wards Corner Now about tenants.

A few more new tenant announcements for Wards Corner

December 17, 2012

We all know that Harris Teeter and TowneBank are coming to the southeast corner of Wards Corner.  Now Inside Business reports that Great Clips and Albano Cleaners will be moving into the Harris Teeter anchored shopping center.

Robert Gurnee, vice president of Suburban Asset Management, said Great Clips hair salon and Albano Cleaners have signed leases for space in what will be the new Suburban Park Shopping Center.

In the works also are these businesses, not yet named – a sandwich shop, a vitamin supplement store, a mattress company, a Mexican restaurant and a cell phone company. The developer said it’s also in negotiations with a drive-through coffee house.

The full article can be read here.

Intermodal Connector to Link I-564 with Naval Station, NIT

December 16, 2012

Many thanks to Larry Tice, board member of the Suburban Acres Civic League, for providing this article.

A public meeting to solicit comments regarding the planned I-564 Intermodal Connector was held Tuesday evening Dec. 11th at Sewells Point Elementary School on Hampton Boulevard. The informal, informational session, held from 5 to 8 pm, was structured so visitors could move about among displays and maps, and ask questions of meeting representatives.

Representatives of VDOT, the Navy, City of Norfolk and Federal Highway Administration were available to answer questions.

Soliciting public input is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act in order to transfer land from the U.S. Navy to VDOT for the road. The Navy is preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment.

The planned four-lane divided connector, the first phase of the hoped for “Patriot’s Crossing”, or third crossing to the Peninsula, would extend from the existing Route I-564 on the east at the current International Terminal Boulevard ramp to Naval Station Norfolk’s Virginia Avenue on the west. Going West-bound motorists would travel on a new road running parallel to I-564 between the interstate branch and Chambers Field; the new road would cross I-564 via a flyover just before the runway overpass and head West, crossing Hampton Boulevard at the site of the current Naval Station Gate 6. The western terminus of the connector would branch into a new, relocated Naval Station Gate 6, Norfolk International Terminals, and existing Naval Station Norfolk truck inspection station. Eventually travelers could continue on to the Patriot’s Crossing.

The site where the connector crosses Hampton Boulevard is close to current construction on the Boulevard that will carry vehicle traffic underneath relocated rail road tracks. The site plan also notes future high occupancy vehicle lanes along the connector, and new rail road tracks.

The proposed road runs across the southern portion of the Navy’s Fleet Recreation Park, which was home to the Fleet Park Little League for decades until the end of the 2011 season. The little league was evicted based on the Naval Station’s 2009 Air Installations Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) study, which concluded the fields were in a designated “clear zone”, or likely crash zone near the approach to the Chambers Field Runway. The connector’s proposed path bisects the site, running over the former T-ball fields.

When asked if the proximity to the clear zone made the proposed route dangerous, meeting representatives said the proposed route was located “just outside of” the clear zone.

The project is planned so that an Air Terminal Interchange could be added in the future for additional access onto the Naval Station.

The Federal Highway Administration is still taking comments on the project through January 11th.  Comments and questions can be sent to Mr. Jack Van Dop, FHWA-EFLHD, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166, (703)404-6282, or by email to Jack.VanDop@dot.gov.

Planners hope to complete environmental assessment documents by Spring of 2013 and award a design-build contract by Summer 2013. The project is targeted for completion by September 2015.

A preliminary map of the work is here (PDF).

Special to WardsCornerNow.com from The Suburban,

Newsletter of the Suburban Acres Civic League.

By Larry Tice

Reminder: Wards Corner Taskforce this Thursday at 8:30am

December 10, 2012

This is a reminder that the next Wards Corner Taskforce meeting is this Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Expected agenda items:

~ Talbot Hall

~ School zones

~ SE corner power line update.

~ Announcement of tenants for Martone/Dalis & the Perry properties.

~ Red light cameras

Application to build on a nonstandard lot on Hughart St in Titustown

December 5, 2012
Rendering of the proposed house at 7409 Hughart Street

Rendering of the proposed house at 7409 Hughart Street

7409 Hughart Street is a vacant lot towards the end of Hughart Street in Titustown.  The owner has filed for a special exception to develop a single family dwelling on the nonstandard width lot.

The lot is currently zoned R-8 which requires the lot to be 50ft in width.  The subject lot is only 33ft in width.

The planning department staff has recommended denial stating that the proposed home is not in keeping with the character of the surrounding neighborhood (Titustown).

The staff report and application can be found here.

The Planning Commission will be voting on this application at its meeting on December 13, 2012.  If you have comments regarding this application, feel free to leave comments below or contact me directly on the Contact Us page.

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