Successes in Denby Park

May 22, 2015

The Wards Corner community has pressured the City of Norfolk to clean up the crime infested “Texas Streets” area of Denby Park since the completion of the Wards Corner Comprehensive plan in 2004.

Since 2011 the City has purchased 193 substandard crime inducing apartment units and demolished them.  As a result, crime has dropped demonstrably.

Louis Eisenberg has provided pictures showing the successes in Denby Park and Monticello Village in the form of new residential construction, below.  It’s hard to believe that any of the below investment and construction would be feasible without the reduction in crime.  This is a huge success that should be celebrated in Wards Corner.

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Robbery suspect who shot at police in Monticello Village sentenced to 49 years

July 31, 2010
Jervod Simmons

Jervod Simmons

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Jervod Contae Simmons plead guilty to attempted capital murder in February and was sentenced on Friday to 49 years in prison for shooting at a police officer in Monticello Village.

[The police officer] spotted Simmons in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 500 block of Ashlawn Drive. Simmons ignored several orders to stop and get on the ground, according to the court record.

Simmons ran around a corner, stopped, and turned his weapon on [the police officer].

Simmons was captured that night in an apartment in the 500 block of East Little Creek Road.

See also:
Robbery suspect shoots at police in Monticello Village (September 28, 2009)
Jervod Contae Simmons charged with attempted murder (October 1, 2009)

Jervod Contae Simmons charged with attempted murder

October 1, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot is providing an update to a story we previously reported on here.

Police have identified a 22-year-old man as the one accused of firing shots at officers Monday night while they were searching for a robbery suspect at an apartment complex on Ashlawn Drive.

They arrested Jervod Contae Simmons within minutes of the shooting on nearby East Little Creek Road, and charged him with attempted capital murder, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon, said Master Police Officer Chris Amos, a department spokesman.

The above info can be found on the newspaper’s website here and here.

Robbery suspect shoots at police in Monticello Village

September 28, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting:

Police officers searching for a robbery suspect at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Ashlawn Drive were fired upon after spotting the man they were looking for, said a police spokeswoman.

At 7:39 p.m., police were searching the complex when they saw the suspect and he reportedly fired a gun at officers, said Karen Parker-Chesson, police spokeswoman. She did not know whether officers returned fire.

The man then fled on foot to East Little Creek Road and headed west but was apprehended by police a few minutes later in the 500 block of East Little Creek, she said.

His identity was being withheld because he is a person of interest in several other incidents, including the robbery that police were initially investigating.

Denby Park, Monticello Village, Oakdale Farms Special District programs generate tremendous community interest

February 8, 2009

The following article appeared in the Compass section of the Sunday edition of the Virginian-Pilot




  By Lia Russell


   The Virginian-Pilot

  Lia Russell, 222-5829,

     More than 130 people – nearly double the expected number – attended a recent Wards Corner Residential Renovation and Remodeling Services meeting at the Workforce Development Center.


   The program, sponsored by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, offers qualifying homeowners in Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village loans and grants to make interior and exterior home improvements.


   In September, city officials, working with NRHA, approved a plan that offers $1 million in revitalization assistance for more than 1,200 residential properties in the three neighborhoods.


   “The city has indicated that it will consider additional funding in the next fiscal year,” Judy Haller, NRHA director of residential rehabilitation, said. “Interest like this from homeowners hopefully will help to generate more   funds.”


   Information was mailed to property owners last fall and the effort garnered 80 phone calls and 25 applications that have been pre-qualified, Haller said.


   The recent meeting, on Jan. 29, was the first public meeting on the program held by NRHA with homeowners.        “In my 30 years in the rehabilitation department, this turnout was a first for me,” said Haller, impressed with the amount of interest.


   “There’s just a different feel among this group. There’s not a lot of apprehension. These people really want to improve their neighborhoods.”


   Greg and Teresa Fortner, who have lived in their circa 1942 Oakdale Farms home for seven years, attended. They hope to get assistance to replace their roof and antiquated heating system and repair their chimney – critical improvements they say they can’t afford to make otherwise.


   “It’s nice to see that the city is finally looking at the central part of Norfolk – not just at Ocean View and downtown,” said Greg Fortner, who works at the Norfolk Navy Exchange.


   Property owners may apply for one of three types of improvements – structural, aesthetic or home expansion.


   To qualify, applicants must be up-to-date on property taxes, mortgage payments and   homeowners’ insurance and meet specific income criteria.


   Andrea Sutton, a single mother who purchased her 1940s Monticello Village home in September, is familar with NRHA programs.


   “I received a $30,000 grant through NRHA’s HomeNet program,” Sutton said. “I never thought I’d be able to own a home.”


   Now Sutton, a Chesapeake parole officer, hopes to qualify for a “Home Appeal” grant   to spruce up the exterior of her residence.


   “NRHA is really great to work with,” Sutton said. “But my advice to anyone interested in these programs is ‘have patience.’ The process takes time.”


   With only a 10-member staff to process applications, oversee construction and coordinate financing, Haller concurs.


   “With the amount of interest we’re seeing, we won’t be able to zip through the process,” she said.


   “But we’re going to do our best to get things done in a timely manner. ”

NRHA residential and remodeling services meeting scheduled for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village residents

January 8, 2009

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority has scheduled a Renovation and Remodeling Services Meeting for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village residents at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road on Thursday, January 29th at 6:00 p.m. Several loan and grant programs will be discussed. One program will provide up to $35,000 for improvements to your home. Attached NRHA Available Programs for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village  wards_corner_double_flyer5



Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, Monticello Village – Request for Programs

October 9, 2008

NRHA will be mailing a “Request for Programs” to residents in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, and Monticello Village neighborhoods.  Residents who are interested in the programs that are now available to the Special Services District are asked to review the document and indicate which program they are interested in and return the request to Joni Stahl by mail, fax, or email.

Joni Stahl
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
201 Granby Street, 9th Floor
Norfolk, VA  23510.

Fax: 314-1302

Here is the “Request for Programs” (PDF).

Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight

September 23, 2008

The Denby Park, Oakdale Farms & Monticello Village Neighborhood Watch is holding a meeting, tonight, September 23, 2008 at the Workforce Development Center at 6:30.

Tonight will be about gangs and their colors and signs. There should be a gang officer there to present a short film and take any questions.

Neighborhood Watch Program meeting

August 3, 2008

The first meeting of the Greater Wards Corner Area Neighborhood Watch Program will be August 8th at 6:30 pm in the Workforce Development Center.

The main focus of this meeting is to formalize the crime watch program in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, and Monticello Village neighborhoods.

Updates and meeting minutes will be posted on

Norfolk buys homes in blighted area –just not in Wards Corner

February 6, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Norfolk is purchasing 11 blighted homes in the Berkley and Campostella neighborhoods for 1.3 million.  Still no sign of any real action in Denby Park/Monticello Village.

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