Utilities Consumer Alert

The Norfolk Department of Utilities has received reports of people going door-to-door and speaking to civic organizations, offering water filtration services. Residents have called Norfolk Utilities asking if these salespersons are associated with the City. They are not City employees, nor are they associated with the City of Norfolk.

If an individual visits your home, and you choose to engage, please ask to see identification. If anything seems suspicious, contact the police department.

HRT Looks to Extend Light Rail to Military CircleThen Pursue Bus Rapid Transit to Naval Station Norfolk

Hampton Roads Transit plans to pursue extending The Tide light rail to the Military Circle Redevelopment Area and invites the public to a conversation on the project.

A virtual meeting and three pop-up events at local transit sites in October will give commuters a place to come and learn more about the proposed project. It is currently in the study phase.

“Light rail serving the expanding Sentara Leigh Hospital campus and the redevelopment of Military Circle would give The Tide a solid anchor on its eastern end that supports access to jobs and economic development,” said Sam Sink, Director of Transit Development for HRT.

The project kicked off in 2019 to lay the foundation for an expansion of high-capacity transit in Hampton Roads and hosted public engagement opportunities in the winter of 2020 with various stakeholders.

An analysis has shown that two high-capacity transit projects on the eastern side of Norfolk warrant further evaluation – a light rail extension to Military Circle and a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line connecting the eastern end of the light rail line to Naval Station Norfolk. As the next phase of this project, HRT recommends conducting an environmental analysis in order to advance the light rail extension. HRT further recommends advancing BRT to Naval Station Norfolk in a future phase.

Learn where the project has been, where it’s going and how you can be involved. Through an online story map, participants can view information, graphics and maps that provide updates about the study and provide feedback by answering survey questions along the way.

The public can chat with project officials and complete a paper survey by stopping by one of the various pop-up tent meetings at HRT Bus Transit Centers.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the recent findings and next steps in the process at http://www.navalstationnorfolktransit.com or by visiting one of the tent meetings:

  • Monday, October 4 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Wards Corner Transfer Station (Granby Street, Norfolk)
  • Tuesday, October 5 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Military Circle Transfer Area (Ring Road, Norfolk)
  • Thursday, October 7 | 8:00 a.m. to Noon | Newtown Road Station (Newtown Road and Curlew Drive, Norfolk)

To view the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Corridor Project Virtual Meeting and provide your feedback, visit navalstationnorfolktransit.com.

Norfolk Arbor Day Festival

Asphalt Art Project in Denby Park

This Saturday will be a day of celebration in Denby Park. City staff and residents are installing an Aspalt Art Project on E. Little Creek Rd. and San Antonio Blvd. this Wednesday through Saturday. Come help celebrate on Saturday at 1pm. The committee is also looking for volunteers to help paint the street. The volunteer sign-up information is in images below. Please share this information with your neighbors.

Early Voting starts September 17

Early voting in Norfolk begins today, Friday, September 17th. To vote in-person you can go to City Hall or to one of four satellite voting offices spread across the city. Check the office locations and open dates and times at the Office of Elections website.

Alternatively, you can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot at the Department of Elections website.

You of course still have the option to vote in-person on election day, November 2, 2021, at your normal polling place. You can lookup your polling place at the Department of Elections website.

Water & Sewer Replacement Phase 7

The City of Norfolk’s Department of Utilities will begin a $4.5 million improvement project in and around our neighborhood this winter. The project area (shown below) will receive new sanitary sewer and water pipes and resurfaced streets.

Planned Start of Construction: Winter 2022/2023
Anticipated End of Construction: Winter 2023/2024
Contractor: Arcadis
Access: Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout construction.

The City and the contractor will do their best to minimize the unavoidable disruptions associated with the construction. If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact the city’s project manager, Rick Dempsey, at 266-9760, or at richard.dempsey@norfolk.gov.

In-Person Open House on Granby Street Bike Lanes on September 22

Norfolk’s Department of Transit is hosting an in-person Open House for the Granby Street Bike Lane project on September 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the picnic shelter behind the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (6400 Newport Avenue).

Grab some fresh goodness from the Talbot Park Farmers Market and stop by the picnic shelter to discuss the proposed Granby Street Bike Lanes with City of Norfolk representatives. This proposed project would repurpose one vehicle lane in each direction into bike lanes on Granby Street between Willow Wood Drive and Admiral Taussig Boulevard. Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/3yPdMKg or by calling 757-664-7300.

Visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybike for more information, including project Q&A, recordings of previous public virtual workshops, as well as crash analysis and traffic study materials.

The public input period for the Granby Street Bike Lane project is open until 9 a.m. on October 22. Provide your input:

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your members and neighbors.

Public Meeting to Address Flooding

September 7th, 5 -7 p.m. @ NSU Student Center
Sept. 14th, 5 – 7 p.m. @ ODU Webb Center

The Commonwealth is developing its Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan. Coastal resilience means building coastal communities’ capability to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazards, such as flooding, with minimum damage to social well-being, public health, the economy, and the environment. It also means finding opportunities to maximize community benefits that support thriving coastal communities, such as protecting our fisheries and recreational areas.

The consultant team is also focusing on those areas that are underserved. They want to hear from you about flooding challenges in your community.

Scenes of roads and public access areas begin to nuisance flood as high tide creeps into Norfolk, Va. after a few day of rainfall on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

UPDATE: Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project – Upcoming Night Work

This is an updated notification about upcoming night work taking place as part of the Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation project. Due to worker safety and quality control considerations for the concrete deck overlay amidst the high summer temperatures, the contractor will be working from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am Sunday through Thursday starting this week until the end of September. During these hours, drivers should anticipate one lane open southbound and one lane open northbound on the bridge. Construction noise will be mitigated to the extent possible. The City of Norfolk has a 24-hour hotline to address construction concerns at 757-664-7220, which you can contact to report a noise complaint.

FREE School Supplies

Please pass along to anyone in our neighborhood that may need or know of someone who may need school supplies.

Pick up FREE school supplies at the Back to School Drive on August 28 from 10am – 3pm at the Southside STEM Academy.

Pre-registration is required. To register, login or create an account here: https://norfolkfun.norfolk.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/SPLASH.html.