HRT still studying Light Rail to Wards Corner

June 15, 2016

HRTexpansionLTRLHampton Roads Transit presented to the Norfolk City Council last night that they will be studying two potential light rail expansion routes.  Either or both, depending on funding, could be built.

The eastern route would connect to the existing Light Rail line, stop at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital, go through a redeveloped Military Circle, up the Military Highway corridor and then west on the Little Creek Road corridor through Wards Corner and to Naval Station Norfolk.

The western route would run up Hampton Boulevard through Old Dominion University and terminate at Naval Station Norfolk.

The Virginian-Pilot has an article with more details here.

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Norfolk police arrest man in connection with Timothy Avenue homicide

June 15, 2016

From the Virginian-Pilot:

Detectives with the Norfolk Police Department said a man who was wanted in connection with a homicide on Timothy Avenue has been arrested.

Police began investigating the homicide of 25-year-old Blake Scott of Norfolk on Sunday. Scott was shot in the 500 block of Timothy Ave. and later died in the hospital from his injuries.

Police said 26-year-old Dale London was identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting. Detectives confirmed that London’s identity was positive and that he has been charged for second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

London was taken into custody on Tuesday and is currently being held at the Norfolk City Jail without bail.

Anyone who may have information about this homicide is still encouraged to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


Planning Commission to vote on Wards Corner amendments to plaNorfolk2030

June 9, 2016

The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on June 23, 2016 to amend plaNorfolk2030 to include additional actions with regard to the Wards Corner area.  These actions came out of the planning charrette that was held in October of 2015 at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. The entire Greater Wards Community was invited.

The Charrette was designed to get input from the community on the future of Denby Park.

The Planning Commission will vote to make the following modifications, noted in red, to the Greater Wards Corner area plan summary in plaNorfolk2030:

Action N5.1.12. Continue to implement the following actions for the Greater Wards Corner area.
o N5.1.12(a). Identify and pursue acquisition and demolition of properties on both sides of East Little Creek Road.
o N5.1.12(b). Ensure proper maintenance of City acquired properties.
o N5.1.12(c). Pursue opportunities for passive and active recreation in partnership with the community on City-owned properties in Denby Park for short term use.
o N5.1.12(d). Encourage townhomes and market-rate rentals in residentially-designated areas along East Little Creek Road.
o N5.1.12(e). Evaluate land use changes fully considering current and future transportation opportunities.
o N5.1.12(f). Support relocation of the head-in parking in the Titustown retail area in order to facilitate streetscape improvements and the use of the parking lots located at the rear of the retail buildings.
o N5.1.12(g). Support the redevelopment of commercial properties at the intersection of Granby Street and Little Creek Road.
o N5.1.12(h). Continue to monitor traffic conditions at the intersection of East Little Creek Road and Virginian Drive to ensure that appropriate traffic conditions are maintained.
o N5.1.12(i). Consolidate and relocate points of access in the commercial areas along Granby Street and Little Creek Road.
o N5.1.12(j). Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections throughout the Wards Corner, especially to and in the commercial areas.
o N5.1.12(k). Pursue opportunities to add passive and active recreation space, landscaping, and trees throughout the Wards Corner area.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact planning commissioner (and city council candidate) Martin Thomas at martinthomasjr@gmail.com .  If the changes are approved by the Planning Commission they will be forwarded to City Council for adoption.


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