Partnership meeting, Thursday at 7PM

February 23, 2010

The Wards Corner Partnership has a meeting this Thursday, February 25, 2010, at the Workforce Development Center (next to Kroger) at 7:00PM.


Partnership Meeting

October 19, 2009

Elyse Kalfus writes in with the following:

Get involved and be part of the Re-Vitalization effort in The Greater Wards Corner Partnership Area.
Join the Greater Wards Corner Partnership

Meeting:               Thursday, October 22, 2009
Location:              Workforce Development Center
201 E. Little Creek Road
(next to Kroger)
Time:                  7:00 p.m.  –  8:30 p.m.

Guest Speakers:          Attorney Joe Waldo & Thelma Drake
What tools we can use to clean up blight in Denby Park.


Partnership Meeting

September 22, 2009

The following was received from Elyse Kalfus:

Greater Wards Corner Partnership Meeting
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Workforce Development Center (Next to Kroger)
201 E. Little Creek Road

We encourage members from all the Civic Leagues in the Greater Wards Corner Partnership Area to join us for our meeting this Thursday.  We will be discussing the importance of working together to get the change we all need and want to see in our area.  Since 1995 we have all sat and watch while other areas of the city have taken our tax dollars and been redeveloped.  We have listened to the promises and watched as our area fallen prey to more and more blight.  The time for action is now, and only working together can we make it happen.  There is no more Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan we need a new one.  Come and let’s discuss it your neighbors, what do we want to see here in our area.  The business district can’t change without the redevelopment of the ghetto first and we can make that happen together.

We hope enough people in this area are ready to get involved to bring this change about. The time is right, the time is now.

Hope to see you Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 at the Workforce Development Center.


Partnership Meeting, June 25

June 23, 2009

Elyse Kalfus sent in the following:

Special Notice

The Greater Wards Corner Partnership will hold our meeting on Thursday night June 25th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center (next to Kroger) 201 East Little Creek Road.  This will be our last meeting until September.

Although we will not be meeting during the summer, it doesn’t mean that we will not be working to try and make Wards Corner a better place; and keeping involved with what is going on in the city and the things that affect us all in this area.  We ask that everyone make a special effort to attend Thursday’s meeting, even if you have never attended a meeting before, so that we may bring you up to date with some of the important issues that will make a Big difference in our area come September.

We hope to see you on Thursday,

The Executive Committee


Partnership meeting, January 22 @ 7:00p.m.

January 21, 2009

Greater Wards Corner Partnership
201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)
7:00 p.m.
Rooms 202 & 204
January 22, 2009

Roberts Rules of Order will be followed

Agenda

1. Introductions: Please stand and give your name and Civic League.

2. Pace Reports

3. Discussion Topic: Mason Creek Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, January 22nd

4. Committee Reports

5. Audience Topics for Discussion/ Questions & Answers We encourage all attendees to bring to the Partnership any issues your civic league may be having that you feel can benefit from the Partnerships involvement.

6. Meeting Adjourned


Next Wards Corner Partnership meeting – January 22, 2009

November 23, 2008

With the Holiday Season upon us, we at the Greater Wards Corner Partnership would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

As Thanksgiving and Christmas both fall within our meeting dates for November and December, our next scheduled meeting will be held:

DATE:          January 22, 2009.
TIME:           7:00 p.m.,
LOCATION:   201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)
Rooms 202 & 204.

Stay warm and above all, have a wonderful holiday!


Portsmouth Sheriff: “What we do is turn up the heat”

July 23, 2008

WVEC 13News has done a story on Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson and his Community Enforcement Unit which has had much success in the Cradock area of Portsmouth.  We previously reported on Cradock in our article Cradock is taking Cradock back.  The Sheriff is seeking Portsmouth City Council’s permission to expand the successful program, possibly outside of the City’s borders.

The newsclip reminds viewers that the Partnership meeting this Thursday will include Lt. Cherry with the Community Enforcement Unit of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s office who helped to set up the watch program in Portsmouth.

The 13News video can be viewed here: Community policing cuts crime in Cradock


Committee Chairs chosen

March 9, 2008

Greater Wards Corner Partnership

The GWCP has changed it’s time and meeting place to make it easier for people to attend the meetings. We are now meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road, next to Kroger. Our meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm and last for only one hour.

At our second meeting we established four (4) goals we wished to establish as our starting point to begin our unified working point with the City. They are as follows:

1. A revitalization action plan for the Denby Park/Monticello Village/ Oak Farms neighborhoods that will include the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the NRHA and the City so that this area may be designated an area with benefits similar to a Conservation Plan Area.

2. The purchase of the Alexis Apartments in Titustown and renewal of that area.

3. A plan to address the deteriorating infrastructure in the Wards Corner Business District and

4. The location of the new Police Station into the Central Business Park.

At our third meeting, which lasted one hour and fifteen minutes, we re-established committees to work on this set of goals, and new ones as these are attained. We then divided into groups to choose chairman & co-chairman, set meeting schedules, times & places. The committees are to establish three goals and set time lines, as well as meet one time before our next months meeting and be prepared to report back to the group at the next meeting. These committees and their chairman are as follows and still open for membership. We hope you will encourage participation from your Civic Leagues members.

1. Development Committee Dorma Hedrick 440-9232 Dorma.lee@verizon.net

2. Codes and Public Safety Jim English 423-7154 jenglish@odu.edu

3. Beautification Committee Joan Griffey 440-9508 jgriffey113@msn.com

4. Public Infrastructure Lester Cavagnaro 963-6996 lester7521@aol.com

5. Public Relations Committee Eric Heard 963-6996 eheard1874@gmail.com

6. City Connection Committee Harriette Frost 423-0270 harriettefrost@gmail.com

The attached letter, Letter To Council, composed by members of the Task Force, is provided for you to distribute to as many people in your community to copy, sign and send to their Councilman, Mayor and Super Ward Councilman as possible on behalf of the partnership. This will serve to help offer support to our cause. I have included the mailing addresses as well as the e-mail addresses of all those that are involved in this matter. I am also including a copy of an article which ran in the Virginian Pilot in 2007 which speaks to the disparity in city spending when it has come to Wards Corner over the past five plus years.

We at the GWCP welcome you participation and input, in this venture, as we are all equals working toward a common goal. We are open to suggestions on way to achieve those goals together. Please come and join us on Thursday March 27th at 7:00 pm, at the Workforce Development Center. The doors are open early, come at 6:30 pm and spend some time talking to your neighbors and make some new friends in other neighborhoods.

We look forwarding to seeing you there.

Elyse Kalfus

Facilitator

Ward One: Don Williams: donwilliams1@cox.net, 636-4710 M

809 W. Ocean View Ave.

Norfolk, VA 23503

Ward Two, Theresa Whibley: drwhibley@msn.com, 714-3151 M

Medical Towers

400 Gresham Drive, Suite 811

Norfolk, VA 23507

Super Ward 6: Barclay Winn: Barclay@winnnursery.com, 494-1400 O

1201 Liberty Street

Norfolk, VA 23523

Super Ward 7: Daun Hester, daun.hester@norfolk.gov, 466-8570 O

Hester, Hester and Associates

3728 Wedgefield Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23502

Mayor Paul Fraim: paul.fraim@norfolk.gov, 664-4679 O

Office of the Mayor

1109 City Hall Building

810 Union Street

Norfolk, VA 23510


Letter to the Mayor and Councilmembers

February 27, 2008

The following letter was mailed to Mayor Fraim and the rest of City Council by the Greater Wards Corner Partnership:

Dear Mayor Fraim and members of City Council:

The purpose of this letter is to seek your immediate help in the revitalization of the Wards Corner area consistent with the strategies outlined in the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan adopted by City Council in November 2004. We do so because the residents of the entire area are growing increasingly frustrated with the apparent inattention given to this area despite our monthly meetings with council representatives to the Wards Corner Task Force.

The Wards Corner area has been in a steady state of decline for over 20 years. Most notable in the business district, this deterioration is also evident in the Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms neighborhoods as well as the Titustown area and is putting negative pressure on many other neighborhoods in the Greater Wards Corner area.

The Greater Wards Corner Partnership was formed eleven years ago, in an attempt to work in partnership with the city to address this growing blight. The 22 civic leagues, numerous businesses, churches, schools and individuals were committed then and are as committed today to see the entire area revitalized so that it is an economically viable section of the city. We all live here, love the area and do not want to see it decline any further.

In 2000, the Wards Corner Task Force was reestablished as a partnership of the city, City Council and citizens of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership area to develop revitalization plans and strategies for the area. In the beginning we were all hopeful that we would see positive progress and with the adoption of the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan we were encouraged that we would have tools to assist us and the city to move forward. While we recognize that some progress was made initially, it is now evident that all of these plans have been stalled.

As a result of these concerns the Greater Wards Corner Partnership is now calling for your immediate action to the following prioritized items. Wards Corner’s location as a gateway to downtown Norfolk and potential for increased city tax revenue should make its revitalization a priority item on Council’s agenda.

1. A revitalization action plan for the Denby Park/Monticello Village/Oakdale Farms neighborhoods that will include the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the NRHA and the city so that this area may be a designated area with benefits similar to a Conservation Plan.

2. The purchase of the Alexis Apartments in Titustown and renewal of that area.

3. A plan to address the deteriorating infrastructure in the Wards Corner Business
District and

4. The location of the new Police Station into the Central Business Park.

We believe that these are reasonable requests and consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Very little attention has been given to the Greater Wards Corner area for the past several years and as a result it continues to decline. We are concerned that, unlike other areas of Norfolk, the Partnership area does not have a champion on City Council and call on our representatives to support us in moving forward. We can no longer wait; the time for you to act is now.

We look forward to your timely response and an agenda which addresses these concerns at the next Wards Corner Task Force meeting.

Sincerely,

The members and residents of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership

The above letter can be downloaded, printed, and sent to your Council representatives:

City Council Letter (PDF)


The Greater Wards Corner Partnership overwhelmingly rejects the development of a CVS Pharmacy

February 26, 2008

Tuesday night, the Greater Wards Corner Partnership rejected the pursuit of CVS Pharmacy to develop a site presently occupied by the BP Gas Station and part of the Midtown Shopping Center parking lot on the Northeast corner of Granby Street and Little Creek Road. The CVS development would be grossly contradictory to what the consultants planned for the Northeast Corner in the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan.


Greater Wards Corner Partnership meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, February 26th at 7 pm

February 25, 2008

When: Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)

 Agenda:

1.  Introduction

2.  Pace Report

3.  Announcements

  A. Discussion of the Citizen Letter sent to City Council

  B. CVS Pharmacy negotiating to buy the BP Gas Station and a portion of the Midtown Shopping Center

4. Vote on changing meeting night from 4th Tuesday to 4th Thursday

5. Explanation of Committees:  (Chairman will give a synopsis of their committee)

  A.  Development Committee

  B.  Codes and Public Safety

  C.  Beautification Committee

  D.  Public Infrastructure Committee

  E.  Public Relations Committee

  F.  City Connection Committee

6. Break into committees to work on the following:

  A. Choose Chairman

  B.   Choose Co-Chairman

  C.   Set meeting schedule

  D.   Set meeting time

  E.    Set meeting place

  F.    Establish three goals

 G.    Establish time-line

 H.    Have one meeting before next months meeting and be prepared to report back to the group at next meeting.

7. Adjourn


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