Norfolk targets two neighborhoods for a multi-million dollar housing aid program

March 2, 2018

 

 

Great news for the Greater Wards Corner Area!! According to the Virginian-Pilot

The city plans to spend up to $8.7 million over five years to help strengthen two neighborhoods.

The Ingleside and the Monticello Village/Oakdale Farms areas will be the target of a pilot program where the city will give them special attention in hopes of improving housing conditions, bringing up property values and increasing homeownership.

The money would go toward programs including down payment assistance, improving rental housing and selling off unused city property to improve the availability of owner-occupied housing.

The funding would impact an estimated 22 houses, mostly through the city’s Renovate Norfolk program, which gives grants to homeowners for improvements such as facade work and structural repairs.

The program would focus first on bolstering blocks where property values are already strong and expand from there.

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New Fire Station 12 Application Has Been Submitted To Architectural Review

November 22, 2016

The application for the new Fire Station 12 at 1655 W. Little Creek Road has been submitted to the Architectural Review Board. The design of this structure is important in that it will sit at the major intersection of Hampton Boulevard and W. Little Creek Road. Click Here For The Application with more information, site plan and pictures.

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The Downtowner Features Ward 1 Councilman On Its Cover

October 27, 2016

Have you picked up The Downtowner this week? An article on Martin Thomas Jr. is featured prominently on the cover! Councilman Thomas has been one of Wards Corners most effective advocates. Here are some highlights:

“With an educational foundation in urban planning, strong family ties to the Hampton Roads area, years of experience as an attorney, and a civic-minded background, Martin A. Thomas Jr. has the perfect credentials for city council. Jim English, longtime president of the Wards Corner Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot during Thomas’ campaign “Thomas knows how to negotiate, how the city works and how to get things done.” Don Musacchio, president of the Willoughby Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot that Thomas “has a knack for gathering the facts, asking questions and then convincing people of the right path forward.”

“Utilizing his educational and professional experience in public and urban planning, Thomas hopes to secure funding and execute the comprehensive plan in the best way possible. According to Thomas, work is “about halfway done at the moment.” He believes the plan is essential to the growth of Ward 1 and “we must continue to work this plan, period.”

Thomas aims to make Wards Corner an economically vibrant and family oriented destination. This will be accomplished with restaurants, small businesses, and neighborhood shopping centers. “A small business growing into a large business is the best thing that can happen for any local economy.”


FEMA Is Updating Its Flood Maps

October 14, 2016

FEMA is updating their flood maps and the changes will impact many properties in Norfolk. If it affects your property you should have received the attached postcard. Find out if you are in a flood zone on the new maps here: http://www.norfolk.gov/firmupdate
You can also come see the maps in person on October 17, 2016 from 6-7:30pm at Crossroads Elementary School.


City Manager Declares State of Emergency; Citizens Asked to Stay Off Roads

October 9, 2016

Contact Lori Crouch

Telephone 757-664-4067

Phone 757-646-5381
Email lori.crouch@norfolk.gov

Website http://www.norfolk.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2016

City Manager Declares State of Emergency; Citizens Asked to Stay Off Roads

NORFOLK, VA – City Manager Marcus D. Jones has declared a local state of emergency. The declaration allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement if the cost of the storm reaches a certain threshold.

The City has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to ride out the storm – Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd. Entrance is on the left side of the building.

Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.

Residents are asked to bring personal items, medications, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks. Pets are welcome. Owners must bring pet carriers and food for their pet. Owners must remain on-site with their pet at all times.

Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. A majority of the 9-1-1 calls are from citizens stranded in flooded vehicles. Norfolk will experience flooding during the next several high tide cycles. Storm-related debris is also clogging streets. The same floodwaters may delay firefighters response to stranded drivers. Residents are also reporting additional property damage due to the wake caused by drivers plowing through flooded streets.

In addition to the York Street Parking Garage, the City has opened Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street for free, dry parking. Do not keep valuables in vehicles. Residents must move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10th.

Slover Library and Pretlow Library are closed Sunday.

Important phone numbers:

To report downed trees, call Norfolk non-emergency number (757) 441-5610
For power outages and downed power lines, call Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357
For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1

For storm-related updates, go to http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA or Twitter @NorfolkVA


City opens shelter for residents and pets

October 8, 2016

The City has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to ride out the storm – Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.

Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.

Residents are asked to bring personal items, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks. Pets are welcome. Owners must bring pet carriers and food for your pet. Owners must remain on-site with their pet at all times.

Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Heavy rains are flooding streets around the City. The same floodwaters may delay firefighters response to stranded drivers.

In addition to the York Street Parking Garage, the City has opened Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street for free, dry parking. Residents must move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10th.

Important phone numbers:
To report downed trees, call Norfolk non-emergency number (757) 441-5610
For power outages and downed power lines, call Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357
For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1
For storm-related updates, go to http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/NorfolkVA or Twitter @NorfolkVA


City of Norfolk Hurricane Matthew Storm Prep

October 7, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Additional City crews will work over the weekend checking storm water pumps, cleaning storm drains and providing emergency assistance to residents.

York Street Parking Garage 215 W York Street opens at 5:00 p.m. today through Monday October 10th at 12:00 p.m. for free parking on higher ground. In addition, residents can park at the following school lots:
* Community Beach Park – 700 E. Ocean View Ave.
* Crossroads School – 8021 Old Ocean View Road
* Granby High School – 7101 Granby Street
* Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.
* Willard Model School – 1511 Willow Wood Drive
* Poplar Hall School – 5523 Pebble Lane

To report downed trees, call the Norfolk non-emergency number (757) 441-5610.

For power outages and downed power lines, call Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

As a reminder, do not drive or play in flood waters.

For Norfolk storm-related updates and information, sign up for Norfolk Alert by clicking on the link at the bottom of the City’s website http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVa or Twitter @NorfolkVA

Thank you and have a safe weekend.

Carlton Ray Ransom
Senior Neighborhood Development Specialist


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