December 5, 2011
With economic revitalization and re-development preparing to happen at Wards Corner, now is a great time to come participate in the monthly Wards Corner Taskforce meetings with Councilpersons Protogyrou, Winn, Williams, & Whibley. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, December 8, 2011 @ Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
1. Development Activities – Development –Charles Rigney, Acting Director
2. East Little Creek Road Traffic Plan – Department of Public Works –Alice Kelly, Assistance Director
3. Landscape and Irrigation Update – Recreation Parks and Open Space – Shawn Krawetzki, Landscape Architect III
4A. City Departments: Written reports for the following topics were provided:
• NPD Crime Statistics
• Department of Development Update
• Department of Utilities Update
4B. Community Reports
5. New Business
March 21, 2010
The inaugural meeting of Wards Corner was held on Saturday, March 20th, 2010. The initial meeting of Wards Corner Now drew twenty-five folks from a variety of neighborhoods across the Greater Wards Corner (GWC) area , Norfolk City Council members Barclay Winn and Theresa Whibley and candidate for the Ward One Council Seat, attorney, Andrew Protogyrou. The hour-long discussion touched on the following topics:
- AJ Gators – Move to the old Wherehouse Music store location will bring significant upgrades to the property. Plans are for AJ Gators’ old location to remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but closing early.
- Walgreens’ ABC license application – By consensus restrictions should parallel those for neighboring competitor – no single container sales.
- Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan – Continue to place emphasis on addressing the issues in Denby Park while maintaining an eye on the additional plan areas of Titustown and the Wards Corner Business District.
- Additional issues from individuals and civic leagues – safety concerns, illegal signage, school redistricting
- Norfolk Address Information Resource – The link is on the Wards Corner Now site. Norfolk AIR provides information on individual properties throughout the city.
Wards Corner Now will be focused positively on making a difference in GWC and meetings will continue to elicit concerns from civic leagues, businesses, churches, schools and individuals and providing support for moving forward with the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan. The topics for the next 2 meetings are:
April 17 – Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and planned development
May 15 – Light rail
May 17, 2009
The following was in the Sunday, May 17, 2009 edition of the Compass (Virginian-Pilot):
MOST CITY LAND ACQUIRED WAS IN DOWNTOWN
City Councilwoman Theresa Whibley represents the city’s affluent west side, including much of downtown, but you can’t say she’s not interested in other parts of the city.
Commenting on the city’s land acquisition revolving fund, from which the city has spent nearly $13 million in recent years acquiring 13 properties, Whibley said:
“It disturbed me that all of the acquisitions are in the downtown area. None of them are in Ocean View or Wards Corner. It’s frustrating that we can’t do more at Wards Corner.”
From the former St. Mary’s Infant Home to the Red Carpet Inn side on Tidewater Drive, 12 of the 13 properties were indeed in or near downtown. Another was a tire store on Hampton Boulevard near Old Dominion University.
Purchases from the revolving fund are paid for by land sales, such as the recently authorized sale of $2.9 million of city land around a Norfolk reservoir in Virginia Beach to the Beach. Once the check from the Beach clears, the fund will have a balance of $4.8 million.
City officials said they have no current plans to buy more land in Wards Corner or anywhere else.