February 2014 meeting info and President’s message

The February 2014 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 24th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave.

The president’s message:

Dear Neighbors,

By the time you read this the Harris Teeter and other new stores will be open at the K&K Center at Wards Corner.

The grand opening began with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches.  Speeches were given by Store Director, Robert Maxson, and Norfolk Mayor, Paul Fraim, beginning at 8:00am.  The Ribbon Cutting was done at 8:08am and the doors opened at 8:10am.  The public was invited to this event. Please visit these new merchants. Harris Teeter’s mascot, Harry the Happy Dragon, also joined in the festivities as well.harry-the-happy-dragon-mascot

The following stores opened on February 19, 2014:  Harris Teeter, Starbucks, Subway, Sleepy’s, and Albano Cleaners.  Moe’s Southwest Grill, Great Clips, and nTelos Wireless will likely open before mid-March.

There is still one 2100 square foot location facing Louisiana Drive that is not rented.  The developer is waiting for a local restaurateur that will be the right fit with the location.

The TowneBank is scheduled to open sometime in May or June.

Across the Street in the Wards Corner Shopping Center a Firehouse Subs is expected to open in mid-May. Work continues on that property to ready it for more tenants.

Other work continues in the business district including the possible sale of the property currently where the BP station is now located. Not sure what will happen to that property when it is sold but we have already voiced our objection to a 7/11 or similar store being located there. Down East Little Creek road in the 300 block, the blighted apartments that were purchased by the city are currently being demolished. This will continue until all of those designated properties are demolished.

A 1.6 million infrastructure improvement project is planned for North Shore Road between Restmere Road and Colony Point Road.  New sanitary sewer pipes will be installed and the streets will be fully resurfaced. Work began in January 2014 and will finish by the end of 2014.

On West Little Creek road the VNG Company is replacing the gas pipeline. This will continue until April 2014. Shannon Kiefhaber is the project engineer and he can be reached at 757-616-7524. The website for project information is: www.virginianaturalgas.com/WorkInYourNeighborhood

I am encouraged at what I see going on in the Greater Wards Corner Area. What we have strived to do is revitalize this area and it is now starting to pick up speed. This is good news for all of us. Let us not let our guard down but keep putting pressure on the city until this area is once again a thriving place for businesses and all of our neighborhoods. I know I will.

For more information on our civic league please visit our website at www.wardscorner.com

I hope to see you at our civic league meetings.

Sincerely

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