April 2012 message and meeting info

The April 2012 civic league meeting will be held on the 16th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
The Agenda includes: Superward 6 Candidates Forum.  The following have been invited: John Amiral, Marcus Calabrese, Jesse Scaccia, & Barclay Winn.  Chris Perry will also be attending to present updated designs of his proposed shopping center.

Here is President Jim English’s message for April 2012:

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Neighbors,
In case you hadn’t noticed, the business of redevelopment in the Wards Corner Business District is starting to pick up. Ah, yes, and just in time for spring cleanup.

As I have reported in the last two newsletters, we know that Bon Secours DePaul Hospital and Chris Perry are both in the works to redevelop their properties starting very soon with completion dates in the 2013/2014 time frame. City Council and Planning Commission actions will occur very soon on the Perry Property.

The following is taken from the Wards Corner Now website.
“A special joint meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council has been scheduled for April 24, 2012 at 7pm in City Council chambers. The meeting was scheduled at the request of City Council in an effort to speed up the approval process for Chris Perry’s project at the southeast corner of Wards Corner which is slated to be a Harris Teeter anchored shopping center. The public is encouraged to attend and express their concerns / opinions.

The City of Norfolk has received the following applications regarding the new Harris Teeter anchored shopping center planned for the southeast corner of Wards Corner:
1. Conditional Change of Zoning. The applicant is asking to rezone the entire block to Conditional C-3 with conditions that the property shall be developed generally in accordance with the layout attached as Exhibit A, that the outparcel will be single user, and that the buildings constructed will be consistent with the appearance in the rendering attached as Exhibit B.
2. Adult Use Special Exception for the sale of Alcoholic Beverages for off-premises Consumption. The applicant is requesting to be able to sell Beer and Wine from 6:00AM to 12:00AM daily at Harris Teeter.
3. Special Exception to Operate a Retail Establishment After Midnight. The applicant is requesting to operate a full service Harris Teeter from 12:00AM to 12:00AM daily.
4. Special Exception to operate a Commercial Drive-Through Facility. The applicant is requesting to operate a branch banking facility with drive-through lanes to serve customers, including automatic teller machines.
5. Special Exception to operate a Commerical Drive- Through Facility. The applicant is requesting to operate a drive through out of the end unit of the shopping center serving food and beverages. The hours of operation indicated are from 6:00AM to 11:00PM. The exhibit to this request indicates a “COFFEE HOUSE” in that location.”
If you wish to hear more about the Perry Redevelopment Project, please join us for an update at the April Civic League meeting on April 16th.
Also, on March 16th, 2012 at 130PM a press conference was held in the parking lot in front of the old People’s location in the Midtown Shopping Center (northeast corner of Wards Corner). There, acting Department of Development Director, Chuck Rigney, announced that Joan Dalis plans to spend more than 1 million dollars on a new facade and a redone parking lot, to include new lighting. Some photos from the press conference are below. She also plans to add new tenants as she upgrades improvements to her property. This is indeed welcome news and we look forward to the new look at the Dalis property. She expects the work to be completed in six months. Please follow my messages here or on our website http://www.wardscorner.com or www.wardscornernow.com for updates as we learn of them.
We are grateful and thank both Mr. Perry and Ms. Dalis for upgrading their property. We look forward to the completion of these projects and the attraction of new tenants into the business district. We also thank the city of Norfolk for their continued purchase of the troublesome properties in the Denby Park area. All of these actions toward redevelopment of the Greater Wards Corner area make us all more optimistic than ever about our neighborhoods.
Finally, we have a very important election coming in May for our Superward 6 councilman. We will hold a candidate forum at our next civic league meeting on April 16th at 645Pm at the Wellness center.
Councilman Barclay Winn is being challenged by three candidates: John Amiral; Marcus Calabrese and Jesse Scaccia. Please join us at this very important meeting to hear what these candidates have to say about how they will improve Wards Corner and the city of Norfolk.