Virginian-Pilot’s Michelle Washington gives a good summary of recent developments at Wards Corner

The only update to the information in Michelle’s article that I have is that the artist for the public art at Wards Corner has been chosen and it is Gordon Heuther.  The next steps will be bringing Gordon to Norfolk and introducing him to Wards Corner.  There will be public meetings so that Mr. Heuther can meet the residents and receive input for the to-be-designed public art.  You can view Mr. Heuther’s website here.

Informative portions of the VP article include the history of the K&K name:

Wards Corner once again bears the K&K name.

Lots of history inhabits those letters. A red brick Harris Teeter now sits surrounded by fresh landscaping and newly paved streets close to where Kenneth Perry launched a toy empire. He started as a barber in Wards Corner in 1942.

More than a decade later, he bought a nearby variety store and changed its name to K&K 5&10, adding the second K for his wife, Kathryn. The toy section of that store grew until it became its own entity. K&K Toys expanded for decades, growing to 136 stores before Perry sold it to a competitor.

K&K Toys has been gone a long time. But most people in Norfolk and in much of the country recognize the successor to Kenneth Perry’s entrepreneurial spirit: Dollar Tree. It, too, grew its roots in Wards Corner, founded by Perry’s son, J. Douglas Perry, and son-in-law, Macon Brock.

Chris Perry, Kenneth Perry’s grandson, tore down the old shopping center, including a Dollar Tree store, to make way for Harris Teeter. He renamed it K&K Square at Wards Corner.

The property remains hugely important to his family, Perry said. Friends of his grandparents will be reminded of them by the name, and newcomers will have reason to look them up.

“It’s a nice way to remember them,” Perry said. “I think my grandparents would be proud.”

Perry also refurbished and remounted the Wards Corner mermaid, another reminder of his grandfather.

The full article can be read here.

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5 Responses to Virginian-Pilot’s Michelle Washington gives a good summary of recent developments at Wards Corner

  1. capt.carl says:

    It is a good read on the Commentary Page. I remember driving by WARDS Corner Friday AM, As I was waiting to turn right from Granby onto East Little Creek I took the Entire Space in. One startling observation was the new trees obscure both The Beautiful Mermaid and The New K & K Marker, Someone had not consulted with the Landscaper it appears. Other than that all looks well. he Artist Selected from California certainly can do Big work, I hope he can refrain from mimicking his existing works and truly give the Intersection some more unique and expressive. I would like to see his submittal to the selection committee, just to see some of his proposal. So thanks for sharing the update from Ms. Washington, did anyone happen to notice Jan 1st article revealing the Norfolk candidates hoping to run in the May 2014 race. Yes, it was at the bottom of the page, aside the obituaries real headlines, Mayor Fraim has a new contender for the Mayor’s Seat.

  2. Donna says:

    I’m a native of the area and have been a Wards Corner resident for over 10 years. I’m all for positive change in our city, some of which we have seen in downtown, Ghent, Ocean View, and finally (hard fought for) Wards Corner. But I don’t advise voting for a new contender simply for the sake of change. Do your research and vote for the best candidate based on their past, present and future goals/accomplishments. The last thing a multi-cultural city like Norfolk needs is a racist.

    Here’s some interesting info. I found on him in the “examiner.com”. Anyone have advice on finding out more about him, and if this article below is true?

    July 15, 2010
    …former (?) local head of the New Black Panthers, Michael Muhammad (aka Michael Miles) is a man known for his racist, anti-Semitic tirades, and calls for violence at Norfolk City Council meetings?

    For years, Muhammad, who once called Fraim a “cracker,” has publicly bemoaned an alleged undue Jewish influence on this country, and once even hinted at his support for seeing Norfolk set ablaze.

    At a November 2000 city council meeting, shortly after a black man died in police custody, Muhammad pointed to the sunset above the Norfolk skyline and said: “I see how much it resembles fire…Looks good to me.”

    In the last ten years, Muhammad has been criminally charged more than 30 times. In 2001, he was convicted of violating an order of protection, as he was stalking Republican House of Delegates candidate Winsome Sears.

  3. Joan Griffey says:

    I love the shrubbery and especially the trees!!! and the expansive view due to buried utility wires. Now, onto filling in the vacancies opposite K and K Square…….

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