June 9, 2015
While the City has made great strides in Denby Park by purchasing some of the substandard housing and tearing it down, there continues to be a criminal element plaguing that neighborhood. This is why Wards Corner Now and the Wards Corner Task Force continue to support the implementation of the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan which calls for the acquisition and demolition of the undesirable housing and the replacement thereof with a mixed use development, making use of the Uptown Norfolk concept.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, on June 9, 2015:
Two men burst into a home this morning in the 300 block of E. Little Creek Road and stole a man’s vehicle and other items.
The home invasion was reported at 4 a.m., a police news release says.
The resident suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The man’s vehicle is described as a 2002 gray Chevrolet Trail Blazer with Ohio license plates.
No description was given of the two robbers.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Robbery Division at 664-7032, or Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP
April 17, 2013
The City of Norfolk has posted its proposed 2014 fiscal year budget to the City of Norfolk website. Disappointingly the City Manager has only proposed allocating $750,000 to the Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan. That is the least amount of funding allocated to the Wards Corner Plan since 2007.
Year Allocation for Implementation of the W. C. Plan
2014 750,000 (proposed)
Wards Corner Now, the Wards Corner Task Force, and the various civic leagues in the Wards Corner area have been resolute in their request that neighborhood plan funding be used to purchase and demolish the blighted and crime inducing properties in the Texas streets section of Denby Park. In recent years the City has been successful in purchasing 37 units in 2013 and 68 units in 2011/2012.
Additionally, the proposed 2014 budget includes $500,000 to provide for the design and construction of improvements to the Granby Street and Louisiana Drive intersection. This is a part of the intersection improvements required by Harris Teeter for the new shopping center in the business district.
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.
January 14, 2008
The Greater Wards Corner Partnership will hold a special meeting Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center 201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger) room 202, to discuss moving the The Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan forward. All concerned citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend.
December 31, 2007
I received the following email from Elyse Kalfus, President of the Greater Wards Corner Business Association:
Louis I have reserved room 202 at the Workforce Development Center on Tuesday January 15th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to discuss the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan. Hopefully we will be able to get a better attendance on a week night. This meeting is to discuss the plan the city has proposed, what people think or would like to see, and what our plan of action will be to get this plan put in motion now. It is time to become pro-active, and stop sitting by and letting the City Council do little in Wards Corner. We are a Gateway, not a dumping ground for what the City Council members don’t want to see in the other parts of the city, and it’s time to get organized and take action to make what our dreams of what Wards Corner should be a reality. We need to get all the civic leagues in our area to get their member at this meeting. Please post this meeting on Wards Corner Now, I will send notices to all the civic leagues involved.
Please alert your civic leagues of this very important meeting.