The below article is re-printed from the Suburban Acres Civic League newsletter, The Suburban.
Norfolk Collegiate School has applied to rezone residential lots it owns at 7307, 7309, 7311, 7315, 7317, and 7321 Woodfin Ave. from R-7 (single family) to IN-1 (institutional district).
The school plans to demolish the homes in order to expand and reorient athletic fields and tennis courts, making way for a new athletic building in the future.
Improvements include installing synthetic turf on the soccer/lacrosse/field hockey fields, and improved outdoor lighting. Collegiate officials say the lighting will be pointed downward, and will not be left on after events. The school does not plan any additional access points to the complex from Woodfin Ave.
The rezoning request is scheduled for a public hearing at the July 24th city Planning Commission meeting.
Headmaster Scott Kennedy and other Collegiate representatives will be at the July 14th Suburban Acres Civic League meeting to explain the project and show the school’s plans to the neighborhood.
The civic league previously endorsed the school’s request for the city to abandon a right of way on school property at the end of Midfield Street as part of this project. Abandonment of the right of way, originally planned as a traffic circle/turnaround, was sought due to the expense of installing synthetic turf over that area.