Do you know of an individual, civic league or organization that made a meaningful impact helping others during the pandemic?

The Department of Neighborhood Development’s 2020 Community U.P.L.I.F.T (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards serve to recognize those who have performed an act of service that benefited the community and the residents of Norfolk in response to COVID-19. This may include individuals, civic leagues or community organizations, businesses, non-profits, or religious organizations – any individual or group that made a meaningful impact in the community to help others during the pandemic. Nominate individuals or groups that you noticed making an impact in the community to recognize their efforts!

Nominations are now open for the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Community U.P.L.I.F.T (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards!

COVID-19 Housing Costs Relief Program

Have you experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19?  If you are struggling to pay your rent, mortgage or utility bills, apply now to receive up to six months of assistance.  See attached flyer for details. Visit www.nrha.us to apply.  Application deadline is Sept. 13 at 8pm.

Utility work to affect Granby St and Little Creek Rd beginning this Wednesday

Urgent water main repairs to affect Granby Street and Little Creek Road in Wards Corner beginning this Wednesday.

The Department of Utilities has hired Bridgeman Civil to perform an urgent water main repair in Granby Street at its intersection with Little Creek Road. The project area with associated lane closures is shown on the attached map.

Start of Construction: September 2, 2020

Anticipated End of Construction: September 23, 2020

Access: All left turn lanes will be closed. Southbound traffic on Granby Street north of Little Creek Road will be detoured to E. Admiral Taussig Boulevard.

City staff will do their best to minimize the unavoidable disruptions associated with construction. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City’s on-site construction inspector, Burt Cox, at 416-2467. You may also contact the project manager, Harry Matthews at 664-6735 or at harry.matthews@norfolk.gov.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the resilience of our water system.  Visit www.norfolk.gov/utilities for more information.

2020 Q3 Adopt-A-Spot Cleanup

September 12, 9:00am @ NFWC

Please join other civic league residents in helping to keep our neighborhood looking great by cleaning up the grounds of the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center on the morning of Saturday, September 12th. Look for civic league board member Dan Graves on location. We will have gloves and trash bags; you just bring the manpower! 🙂

Proper social distancing will be maintained throughout this event.

Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Starting in September 2020 until late 2022, the Granby Street Bridge over the Lafayette River will undergo extensive repairs, to extend its useable life. The bridge deck and support structures will be repaired to address current corrosion and deterioration issues and improve the bridge’s condition.

The following conditions can be expected during construction:

  • The speed limit on Granby Street will be temporarily reduced to 25 mph between 40th Street and W Arden Circle.
  • The northbound and southbound side of the bridge will each be closed for up to six months. Northbound and southbound lanes will shift to the open side of the bridge. 
  • At least one travel lane will remain open in both directions, at all times.
  • One of the two existing sidewalks will be open at all times.
  • The bike lane over Granby Street Bridge will be temporarily closed.
  • The fishing pier will be temporarily closed.

Anticipated lane closure dates will be announced on message boards, Norfolk City News Flashes, and Nextdoor.com. For more information, please visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybridge.

Parks and Recreation to host limited fall classes

Parks and Recreation announced the return of some of your favorite fitness, music and visual arts classes for a 4-week session beginning September 1st. Registration is online and in-person on Monday, August 17th at 10am for Norfolk residents only. Space is limited, so be sure to log into your account to update any information and check out available classes. SAVE THE DATE! Visit https://norfolkfun.norfolk.gov/ or one of the facilities below for more information.

  • Berkley Community Center: 757-441-1912
  • East Ocean View Community Center: 757-441-1785
  • Huntersville Community Center: 757-664-7434
  • Lambert’s Point Community Center: 757-423-1088
  • Norview Community Center: 757-441-1440
  • Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center: 757-823-4301

Multimodal Norfolk

Over the past several months, the city’s Department of Transit worked with a consultant team to reimagine transit in the Mermaid City. Now you can see an overview of where we are in the process and recent developments in the Multimodal System Plan and Transit System Redesign during one of two Virtual Town Hall Meetings.

Thursday, July 9 (6 – 7PM)

Tuesday, July 14 (Noon – 1PM)

Full project information, including survey links, is available at https://www.norfolk.gov/4776/Multimodal-Norfolk

New Norfolk Cares Hours

The Norfolk Cares Call Center is updating its operating hours. Beginning July 13, Norfolk Cares employees will take your calls between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You can access Norfolk Cares and request city services 24/7 using the MyNorfolk online portal or mobile app.

Online www.myNorfolk.org

Mobile app: iTunes or Google Play store

Norfolk Resumes Select In-Person Services in July

Throughout the month of July, the City of Norfolk will offer more in-person services and reopen more neighborhood recreational amenities. Several recreation centers and libraries will reopen to the public with restrictions that ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons.  Neighborhood Development staff will conduct exterior residential inspections (broken fences, falling gutters) and environmental inspections (tall weeds and grass, trash and debris).  Planning Department staff continue to perform inspections in unoccupied new construction structures. 

Basketball courts, playgrounds and picnic shelters will also reopen for public use. Playgrounds and picnic shelters are not sanitized or disinfected. The public is encouraged to practice good hygiene before and after use.  Indoor, outdoor pools and splash pads will remain closed. 

Six recreation centers will open Monday, July 6. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday at the following locations:

  • Lambert’s Point
  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Norview
  • Huntersville
  • East Ocean View
  • Berkley

Three anchor branch libraries will open July 7. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday at the following locations:

  • Slover Library
  • Pretlow
  • Jordan-Newby

On Wednesday, the first hour at all three library locations will be reserved for seniors and patrons with underlying health conditions.

Visitors must take a short COVID-19 self-questionnaire prior to entering city buildings and must follow all posted COVID-19 related signage including wearing a face covering and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from staff and other patrons.

Library patrons can pick up holds, check out books and materials, and apply for or renew a library card. Based on guidance from the health department, patrons may not browse library shelves at Pretlow and Jordan-Newby.  Patrons at Slover Library may browse shelves on the first floor in front of the circulation desk.

Library patrons are encouraged to reserve their books and materials online before they visit, and the staff will retrieve these items while patrons wait.

The use of public computers, photocopying, faxing, and the Sargeant Memorial Collection are not open to the public at this time.  Library children’s areas, Playscapes and KidZones will remain closed.

The Maker Studio located in Selden Market will open by appointment only. Visit www.sloverlibrary.com to schedule an appointment.

The online catalog is available at www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org. Due dates that fell while Norfolk Public Library was closed are extended until July 21. No fines were charged during the closure. Patrons are encouraged to pay fines online.

Norfolk Public Library, in partnership with Recreation Parks and Open Space, will provide express free libraries at Lambert’s Point, Huntersville and Berkley recreation centers by August 1. 

For updates to city operations, visit the FAQ located on Norfolk.gov or official City of Norfolk social media platforms.

Street Sweeping Resumes

The city has announced that street sweeping will resume normal routes in neighborhoods beginning July 14.

Parking Enforcement will be giving out citations for illegally parked cars, so please share this message with your neighbors!