September 2, 2015
Park Place at City Center at Oyster Point is a mixed used development by Kotarides Developers. Something similar could come to Wards Corner.
Kotarides Developers is set to close on the purchase of the Kroger anchored shopping center at Wards Corner. The purchase includes approximately 10 acres of land where the Kroger grocery store and the City of Norfolk’s Workforce Development Center are currently located.
The purchase does not include any of the out-parcels.
The current shopping center was developed in 1971 and has 105,471 of total building area.
Kotarides indicates that they have no firm plans for the property at this time. Both Kroger and the City of Norfolk have multi-year leases. Their options include continuing the current use by Kroger and the City, re-using the current retail buildings, constructing brand new retail buildings, or a mixed use concept with both retail and residential.
Kotarides did state that they have no plans to put in low income housing. None of their current projects include low income housing and they have no desire to begin doing low income housing projects.
According to tax records the property is currently owned by Meritage-Little Creek, Llc. The closing on the sale of the property is scheduled for the middle of September.
September 11, 2014
The following are some quick updates from the Wards Corner Task Force meeting held on September 11, 2014 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at W. Little Creek Rd and Armfield Ave will be installed by mid – late October.
The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at E. Little Creek Rd and the new Harris Teeter shopping center will also be installed by mid – late October.
Wards Corner Business Association:
A Wards Corner Business Association has been re-started thanks to the work and dedication of Elyse Kalfus. The first meeting was held on August 19th and 14 of the businesses in Wards Corner were represented. Top priorities of crime and trash were mentioned.
A cleanup has been arranged with the Norfolk Sheriff’s department and the Business Association is in touch with VDOT on cleaning up their portions of Wards Corner as well.
Norfolk Southern has also been contacted and has agreed to do a cleanup of their property in Wards Corner.
Kroger / Workforce Development Center property:
Everyone was reminded that the City has an option to purchase this property that was built into their lease for the Workforce Development Center. This option comes up in 2015. If the City has not found a development partner by then, the City needs to step up and purchase the property to preserve it for appropriate future development in the corridor.