February 20, 2015
The below Letter to the Editor was printed in the February 19, 2015 Virginian-Pilot. Let’s continue to work to make Wards Corner a model of revitalization for the City!
Wards Corner envy
Is it possible for the Norfolk City Council to take over the corner of Fisherman’s Road and Chesapeake Boulevard to make a nice shopping area, as was done at Ward’s Corner?There could be a coffee shop, Wendy’s, a nice grocery store, hair and nails salon, etc. It would make life more pleasant and convenient for residents.
Barbara M. Medlin
February 12, 2015
Robert Tajan, Principal Planner with the City of Norfolk, presents to the Planning Commission on 2/12/2015 with ideas to curb parking in the lawns along W. Little Creek Road
For years the Wards Corner Task Force has complained to city staff and police about residents along W. Little Creek Road parking their motor vehicles in the grass and in their yards. Civic League presidents and Council members alike have complained of the grass parking and the answer has always been to hand out tickets and take the violators to court. This has been met with some success in the short term but usually within a few months the violations return.
Now, at the request of the Task Force, the Planning Commission and planning staff will work to come up with new regulations that will allow residents along busy thoroughfares in Norfolk to park their vehicles in a manner that will be both legal and allow for the safe ingress and egress of the properties.
The Planning Commission will vote at their February 26, 2015 meeting to initiate zoning changes. That vote will allow planning staff to begin working on options and recommendations. Those options and recommendations will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting in mid-March and the results thereof will be brought to the Wards Corner Task Force for comment and input before being adopted.
February 8, 2015
Denby Park properties to be purchased by City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties were purchased in 2014. RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.
I received the following update on the demolitions in Denby Park:
The subject properties which represent 88 units were officially turned over to the City for demolition by Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority (NHRA) on December 16, 2014 once the Right of Entry was signed by the City. Since the buildings were going to be demolished by the City of Norfolk, we began the bid process in preparation for demolition. The bids were sent to the contractors on January 14, 2015, with a scheduled walk through the week of January 20th.
The bids from the contractors were received on January 29th at 4:30pm and were opened on Friday, January 30th 2015. After evaluating the bids, the “Award Notices” were sent out to three winning contractors on February 5, 2015.
The remaining timeline for the demolition is as follows:
1. Expect contractors to sign their contracts the week of February 9th. Staff will then hand carry contracts through the signing process to expedite.
2. Expect contracts to be signed by Finance, Legal, Administration and Clerks Office by February 20th.
3. Expect contractors to be given “Notice to Process” by February 28th, which gives them 30 days to complete the Demolition.
4. Our expectation, barring any unforeseen glitches, is that the buildings will be demolished by the first week in April.
The City will continue to ensure the buildings are secured and trash and debris are removed.
February 4, 2015
There have been a few emails coming in asking what is being built at the northeast corner of Wards Corner. The BP station was torn down from that location last year and they are currently building a new retail store that will house a Mattress Firm.
The likely tenant type was mentioned at the Wards Corner Civic League meeting in March of 2014 and most comments were negative as there was already a mattress store at Wards Corner. That store was, and still is, Sleepy’s.
Since that time, The Original Mattress Factory announced they will be opening in Wards Corner as well. They plan a March 2015 opening date and are currently under construction in the Midtown Shopping Center at the northeast corner.