The City of Norfolk issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) and has received responses from at least three different developers wanting to redevelop the old Meadowbrook school site. The school is on W. Little Creek Road almost at the Corner with Hampton Blvd. Most of the developer’s proposals involve high density apartments.
The City is also interested in replacing the aging Fire Station No. 12 that is currently across W. Little Creek Road from the old Meadowbrook school. The City has been looking at possibly moving the Fire Station to a small portion of the Meadowbrook site. If this is done, the balance of the property may be redeveloped as well.
Meadowbrook Civic League has taken a reasonable position with regard to the redevelopment site and is asking Norfolk residents to sign their petition asking the City to maintain park space and limit the density to single family.
The petition language:
The undersigned residents of Norfolk, Virginia, support the Meadowbrook Civic League’s following goals for any sale, redevelopment or re-use of the approximately 4.5 acre Meadowbrook School site:
· A minimum of 1.5 acres of the site will be permanently designated as a City owned and maintained park (OSP zoning), preferably fronting the 1600 block of Trouville Avenue, with adequate off-street parking for park users.
· Fire station No. 12 may be relocated to the western-most 1.5 acres of the site, provided the building’s architecture is compatible with the adjacent Meadowbrook residential area, all traffic ingress/egress is via Hampton Blvd. or W. Little Creek Rd., and sufficient noise abatement measures, vegetative screening and on-site parking are provided.
· A maximum of 1.5 acres of the site may be reused/redeveloped as single-family homes, provided these homes are primarily brick-faced, have adequate off-street parking, and are zoned R-5, in keeping with the majority of adjacent homes in the Meadowbrook neighborhood. As a condition of sale, the City shall require the developer(s) to enter into a development agreement and deed restrictions, restricting the zoning, use, height and facing as described.
Sign the petition by going to their petition website: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-meadowbrook-school-park.html
Save Meadowbrook School Park has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveMeadowbrookSchoolPark