“Wards Corner envy”

February 20, 2015

The below Letter to the Editor was printed in the February 19, 2015 Virginian-Pilot.  Let’s continue to work to make Wards Corner a model of revitalization for the City!

Wards Corner envy
Is it possible for the Norfolk City Council to take over the corner of Fisherman’s Road and Chesapeake Boulevard to make a nice shopping area, as was done at Ward’s Corner?There could be a coffee shop, Wendy’s, a nice grocery store, hair and nails salon, etc. It would make life more pleasant and convenient for residents.

Barbara M. Medlin
Norfolk
Link to the article 

Dollar Tree returning to Wards Corner

June 5, 2013
Dollar Tree is returning to Wards Corner in mid-late summer of 2013

Dollar Tree is returning to Wards Corner in mid-late summer of 2013

Dollar Tree will be returning to Wards Corner in the near future.  Dollar Tree’s roots are in Wards Corner where store #1 was located.  The Wards Corner Dollar tree closed last year to make way for the new Harris Teeter anchored shopping center that is currently under construction.

The new location will be at 7635 Granby St which is the location of the recently closed No. 1 Chinese Buffet.  The lease has been signed and both interior and exterior improvement are expected.  A new facade is expected as well.

A mid-late summer opening is expected.

 


Norfolk Collegiate Center for the Arts Groundbreaking on Friday

December 15, 2011

 


Harris Teeter to Wards Corner?

September 15, 2011

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that Chris Perry has plans to begin demolishing a dilapidated shopping area in Wards Corner within six months. He would replace it with a shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter.

Read the article here.


City takes a bite out of crime in Wards Corner

August 15, 2011
316, 320, 324, 336, 340, 360 and 362 San Antonio Boulevard, highlighted in blue, are being purchased by the City of Norfolk

316, 320, 324, 336, 340, 360 and 362 San Antonio Boulevard, highlighted in blue, are being purchased by the City of Norfolk

In accordance with the 2004 Wards Corner Comprehensive plan, the City is purchasing property in Denby Park.

Below is the full press release:

NORFOLK – City Council members and the Wards Corner Task Force have partnered on the need to acquire properties within the Denby Park neighborhood, specifically the Texas Streets section.   The acquisition is part of the city’s plan to build safe, healthy neighborhoods that will sustain future generations.

Total units being acquired are 68 apartment units located in seven buildings and the grounds.   The parcels include 316, 320, 324, 336, 340, 360 and 362 San Antonio Boulevard.

The acquisition price is a total of $2,686.000.   The City Council appropriated in the past two fiscal years for this purchase and those funds were made available July 1.   Additionally, the city is seeking council permission to encumber an additional $30,000 ($15,000 for each Agreement) for any related closing costs bringing the total to $2,716.000.

Of the 68 apartment units, 16 are currently occupied.  The landlord has agreed to work with the tenants to provide them with equal or better apartments within different properties he currently owns.  All of the current leases expire no later than July 2012.

As apartments become vacant or are vacant upon the City taking possession, each unit will be boarded, secured and monitored.   Once the buildings are vacant, an environmental study will be conducted and the buildings demolished.

Pertinent quotes from a Virginian-Pilot article on the property purchase:

Councilman Andy Protogyrou made the redevelopment of Wards Corner the focus of his 2010 election campaign. Although his ward does not include Denby Park, he represents much of Wards Corner.

“This is something we’ve waited for years to happen in the Wards Corner area. It’s the beginning all of us have looked forward to,” he said.

“Marcus really deserves a lot of credit for making this happen. This shows we can make things happen when we have the political will.”

Crime in Denby Park has been a major factor in the deterioration of the Wards Corner commercial area, city leaders have said.

“Until we take care of the crime issue in Denby Park, we’re not going to make progress in the Wards Corner commercial corridor,” said Martin Thomas Jr., vice president of the Wards Corner Civic League. “So this sounds like really good news.”


6th annual Suburban Acres 4th of July Parade and Blue Ribbon Dessert Contest 10:00 am Monday

July 3, 2011

Join the Suburban Acres neighbors in a classic celebration of American freedom by parading through their wonderful neighborhood.   Meet on Monday morningJuly 4th at Suburban Park Elementary @ 9:30 — andthe parade will step off @ 10:00. 

Parade Route: Depart from Suburban Park Elementary > up Carl Street > left on Suburban Parkway > left on Galveston Boulevard > ending at the school.  (If you’re not marching, bring a chair and cheer us along the route)

Norfolk Police , Norfolk Sheriff’s Dept.,  NFD Ladder 9, Norfolk Tide’s very own RIP TIDE!, and many others are joining in the celebration! 

****There will also be a  Blue Ribbon dessert contest, so put on your aprons and create your best dessert***


The Civic League will be set up at the school  to provide refreshments after the parade.
This is a classic event and a great time to meet your neighbors!   Bring your bikes, wagons, riders, dogs, power wheels, small convertibles, kids, floats, small marching bands, spirit…and come join our community celebration for the birthday of the greatest country known to man!

For more information call Suburban Acres Secretary , Dee Adams  353-1506


Add murder charge to burglary suspect

July 1, 2011

Eugene Williams who is also charged with burglarizing Louis A. Daniel, Jr at the Cromwell House on June 15th is now also charged with his murder. Williams is due in court again on July 15th.


New Police Third Patrol Division building has a community room

June 30, 2011

The new $12,000,000, 42, 269 square foot Police Third Patrol Division building has a room available for community functions. The building  houses  the 3rd Patrol Division, the Homeland Security Division and Traffic Unit. The building is located behind the Super Wal-Mart on Tidewater Drive on Asbury Avenue in Norfolk’s Central Business Park.

According to WVEC News, Acting Chief Sharon L. Chamberlin said,

This building is a testament to the very vocal and passionate citizens who rallied for many years to have a precinct in the area. Our appreciation to those citizens is recognized with a dedicated room in the building for various community and civic league meetings

The building officially opened Thursday, June 30, 2011  with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m.

http://www.wavy.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=10637

NPD prepares to open new facility: wavy.com


Former Alexis Apartment site recommended for public hearing on rezoning

June 25, 2011

The now cleared site at 1227 W. Little Creek Road where the troubled Alexis Apartment once stood will be recommended to City Council at their Tuesday, June 28th meeting to advertise for a public hearing to rezone from R-14 (High Density Multiple-Family) district to C-2 (Corridor Commercial). The proposed use for the site will be additional parking for the Titustown Recreation Center.

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Residents of the Cromwell House want better security

June 18, 2011

The following is from a follow-up report by Andy Fox of  WAVY TV 10:

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Norfolk, VA – Residents of an apartment complex want better security after one of the residents was killed. 

Residents say they heard gun shots Tuesday night. Police found 77-year-old Louis Daniel Jr. dead on Wednesday in his home on Cromwell Parkway. His neighbors hope his death was not in vain.

“I heard the gun shot, and it didn’t sound that close,” said Joanne Knight who lives above the apartment where Daniel died.

He would sit in his window and read in the sunlight. Tuesday night, darkness visited Daniel – a robber in the night with a gun.

“We all are praying. We are on shells walking because we have to watch our backs. We have to do that. We shouldn’t have to that Mr. Andy. We need help,” said Knight.

Cromwell House Apartment residents are scared, and they want better security.

“They are breaking into cars, breaking down doors when they are not home,” said Knight.

They want trees cut that are around lights, and they want surveillance cameras.

“If you look at the light, how bright will it be behind the trees,” said Laura Davis who is also a neighbor.

Apartment complex management told WAVY.com there is security at the complex, but two residents talked over each other to say security is nearly non-existent. Management has arranged for police to visit on July 28 to give residents tips on staying safe which is more than a month away.

“We need a meeting tomorrow, tonight,” said Knight.

In memory of Daniel, residents will have a candle light vigil, but more importantly they called up because they want better security. Apartment management did not return our phone calls for a response, and told us Wednesday they do have security, but as you have read, residents say it’s not nearly enough security.

 

World Changers Workshop to be held January 25th

January 20, 2011

World Changers will be holding a workshop for income eligible homeowners on Tuesday, January 25th between 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Norview Community Center, 6380 Sewells Point Road. World Changers is a partnership between the City of  Norfolk and a ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The program provides exterior home repair opportunities to low-income and moderate income homeowners at no cost to them.  Please recommend this program to any of your neighbors in need.  World Changers Workshop Flyer


Father charged in senseless death of 5 month old

November 26, 2010

Pilot Online has reported that Darrell Marvin Brown Jr., 27, of the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue was charged with the malicious wounding of 5 month old Asia Brown. Norfolk Fire-Rescue responded Sunday to the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue and said that Asia Brown was having difficulty breathing. She was admitted to the hospital in serious condition. Asia Brown died Wednesday evening. Additional charges are expected against Darrell Marvin Brown. He is being held in Norfolk City Jail.


Credit Union at Wards Corner robbed

August 20, 2010

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that the Langley Federal Credit Union at 7420 Granby Street was robbed Friday, August 20, 2010 shortly after noon.

The man received an unknown amount of money and fled, Amos said. Shortly afterward, a dye pack with the money exploded.

The description of the man was vague. Police were looking at surveillance camera images to get a description of the man.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).


Norfolk Police Department 3rd Patrol Division Red Sector Meeting

May 12, 2010

Norfolk Police Department

3rd Patrol Division

Red Sector Meeting 

Where: Fitness and Wellness Center- Newport Ave.

When:   May 14, 2010 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM
 

Please come to the next meeting

Join in the networking and community partnership


Become a Norfolk AIRhead

April 3, 2010

Norfolk’s Neighborhood University is conducting a course on Norfolk’s new address driven data base. The city’s address driven data base is a project that has been in the works for over a decade.  Take it on a test run by clicking on this link: Norfolk AIR. Below is information on the course that will educate you about this great city resourse:

Become an AIRhead!
Norfolk Address Information Resourse

Thursday, April 29
6-8pm
Granby Municipal Building, 4th Floor
401 Monticello Avenue

Free parking is provided in the Freemason Street Garage.

In this course, learn about Norfolk AIR (Norfolk Address Information Resource) – a new City website that allows for easy access to information, maps and aerial photography for any address in the city. The website displays data on over 150 items such as property assessments, property sales, municipal services, active and historical code enforcement cases, and much more. For more information and registration, visit the NU web page at http://www.norfolk.gov/Neighborhoods/NU.asp

(For your convenience, the link for Norfolk AIR can be found under the “Links” on Wards Corner Now)


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