Newport Ave to close for utility work

April 19, 2012

Newport Ave near the Fitness and Wellness Center will close to through traffic starting next week for utility work related to the new pump station being installed.  The closure is expected to last until July / August 2012.  Detour routes will be posted.

The community and residents will still have access to the Fitness and Wellness center.


Newport Ave update

March 6, 2009

Some of you may have noticed that “islands” have been painted on Newport Ave with yellow paint.  These “islands” have been discussed at length over the last few months as a part of a years-long process to slow speeding on Newport Ave.  The process has included multiple meetings with the city’s Transportation Engineer and the Talbot Park and Wards Corner civic leagues.

One of the results of the discussions was that the residents who live near and along Newport Ave did not want the yellow “islands” because they are unsightly for a residential area and were, according to the city, unproven solutions.

Unfortunately, the City of Norfolk mistakenly painted the yellow “islands” earlier this week proving our worst fears.  The “islands” are indeed unsightly and, based on our objective standard of standing and watching the traffic, failed to slow the traffic at all.  Most drivers drive right over the “islands” as if they are not there.

The City has admitted that the installation of the islands was a mistake and has agreed to remove them.  Further, a representative from the City Managers office has agreed, pending Council approval, to do the following:

  • Removing the yellow “islands” that were mistakenly placed this week
  • Install 4 way stop signs at North Shore Road and Talbot Hall Road
  • Install 3 way stop signs at Kingsley and Newport Ave
  • Install “Children at Play” and “New Traffic Pattern” signs
  • Possibly install stop signs at the Warren Street intersection
  • Further study and find a solution to make the Granby Elementary crosswalk safer
  • Set a long term goal of installing landscaped medians along Newport Ave

A special thanks to the City Managers office for agreeing to move forward on these issues.

WestPort Commons update

July 11, 2008

Collins, LLC is currently constructing the first building in their redevelopment of the old Riverside Terrace apartments into the new WestPort Commons condominiums (formerly known as WaterMark) at the intersection of Newport Ave and Warren St.  They expect their first building, pictured to the right, to be complete in early October and have received 30-40 inquiries already.

Their second building will be constructed just west of the current construction site in the area that has already been cleared.  The units in the first building average 1500 – 1600sq. ft.  The units in the second building are expected to be smaller so that the price point can be in the sub 200s.   Those schematics have just been started.

The next apartment building that Collins, LLC expects to demolish is the building that fronts Newport Ave that includes the current leasing office.  Demolition is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of 2009.

The realignment of Warren St is in the works as well.  Collins plans on narrowing the street and adding landscaping to reduce concrete and increase green space.

All units are still scheduled to be condos, not apartments.  Collins, LLC will be seeking a rezoning from multifamily to PD (Planned Development).  The stated purpose of this request is so that 20% more units can be built into the development.  Councilman Winn and Councilwoman Whibley have met with the developer and indicated that a condition of any increase in density would be the creation of workforce housing.  The change in zoning will need to be approved by City Council.

The increased density would also include the reduction from 1.9 parking spots per unit to 1.6.  The original plan for the development included a public walkway around the river side of the property.  Complaints from residents at the Landings at Bolling Square, another Collins project, have caused the developer to have second thoughts.

The above information was provided by Collins, LLC via telephone and at the July Wards Corner Taskforce meeting.

Newport Ave traffic calming

November 15, 2007

Newport Ave Traffic Proposal SmallNorfolk city transportation engineer, Guzin Akan, has been working with the Talbot Park Civic League on measures to either slow or divert traffic on Newport Ave. The current proposed plan is not finalized, but Ms. Akan was nice enough to send along a copy of the proposed traffic calming measures that she presented to the Wards Corner Task Force on November 8, 2007.

The plan includes adding wider than normal parking spaces, medians, and small traffic circles along Newport Ave between North Shore Road and Kingsley Lane.

The Newport Ave Traffic Proposal (PDF).

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