“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
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.

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