Meadowbrook residents kept in the dark on school site redevelopment


The City of Norfolk solicited requests for proposals for the site of Meadowbrook Elementary School without contacting or consulting the Meadowbrook Civic League, which might have provided helpful input on parameters for future redevelopment.  The city received three development proposals, none of which meet the criteria outlined in the civic league’s position statement, primarily due to the residential density of the proposals, and lack of enough green space being maintained. A public forum was finally held on February 19th after inquiries and disappointment was expressed by the Meadowbrook Civic League.  The smallest of the three proposals will result in 22 single-family homes, the largest specifies up to 90 apartment units.

The former Meadowbrook School, shuttered in 2009, is on Preservation Virginia’s 2011 list of Most Endangered Historic Sites in Virginia

You can review the proposed concepts, see the developers’ pitches, and provide input for the development of the site at THIS LINK

Find Meadowbrook Civic League’s position statement and petition HERE

This is a great Virginian Pilot article with all the background, and Meadowbrook residents’ frustrations: “Residents say Norfolk kept them in the dark”    (Stephen M. Katz photo, The Virginian Pilot-above)

Sign the online petition at

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FBLike the Save Meadowbrook Group’s Facebook page HERE

Harris Teeter plans and design to be unveiled

Chris Perry, on behalf of Suburban Land Management, will be attending civic league meetings in Wards Corner, Talbot Park, and Suburban Acres in February to unveil his plans and design for a brand new Harris Teeter anchored shopping center at the southeast corner of Wards Corner.  The following meetings are open to the public to view the plans:

  • Suburban Acres Civic League meeting: February 13, 2012 @ 6:30 / Location: Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole St.
  • Talbot Park Civic League meeting: February 21, 2012 @ 7:00 / Location: Royster Memorial Church, 6901 Newport Ave.
  • Wards Corner Civic League meeting: February 27, 2012 @ 6:45 / Location: Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Ave.

via Harris Teeter plans and design to be unveiled.

You Can Help with the Voting Process in Suburban Acres

The City of Norfolk Registrar’s office is looking for registered voters who would like to be part of the Election Team for this year’s elections at the Suburban Park Elementary School precinct. 

 Becoming an election official is easy – just a few hours of training by the Registrar’s staff, plus you will be paid $125 for the day’s work.  While helping run the election is a long day, it is rewarding to know that you are helping your neighbors vote – one of our most important rights as Americans. 

 If you are interested in becoming an election official, please call Stella Jones of the Norfolk Registrar’s office at 664-4353.

Greater Wards Corner Task Force – needs YOU

Neighbors interested in participating in planning for the future development of our corner of Norfolk alongside City Council, etc. are invited to attend the Greater Wards Corner Task Force meeting. 

Suburban Acres is in need of representation.  If you have the time and interest, please attend (details below) and please provide the SACL Executive Committee with a status brief so that we can stay plugged in.  Contact Tim Fox if you have any questions.  Suburban Acres NEEDs your involvement!


The Greater Wards Corner Task Force Meeting

8:30 a.m. – Thursday, December 8, 2011

Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center


  1. Development Activities – Development –Charles Rigney, Acting Director
  2. East LittleCreek RoadTraffic Plan – Department of Public Works –Alice Kelly, Assistance Director
  3. Landscape and Irrigation Update –RecreationParksand Open Space – Shawn Krawetzki, Landscape Architect III
  4. Reports
    1. City Departments:  Written reports for the following topics were provided:    
      1. NPD Crime Statistics
      2. Department of Development Update
      3. Department of Utilities Update
    2.  Community Reports
  5. New Business 

The next task force meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Norfolk Fitness andWellnessCenter.