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Anyone know anything new happening here? I read maybe a year ago about how they were going to try to pick up the pace there. It seems like they could really do something with the area as it is one of the busiest cross roads in the area. The housing has really turned around there (Bondale and Sterling Oaks plus the little box houses around all seem to be in good shape). When will the retail area pick up a little?

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Wards Corner is pretty much filled up with ghetto like strip centers. I know a Super Wal-Mart will open next to the K-Mart, but I'm not sure how much that project will help the surrounding areas.

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Anyone know anything new happening here?  I read maybe a year ago about how they were going to try to pick up the pace there.  It seems like they could really do something with the area as it is one of the busiest cross roads in the area.  The housing has really turned around there (Bondale and Sterling Oaks plus the little box houses around all seem to be in good shape).  When will the retail area pick up a little? 

Any ideas?

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yeah, I also read about this. Ward's Corner was to be converted into a mixed use community with condos etc. It seems this project was to be spread over a long term. I am not sure of the anticipated start date or any other particulars though.

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Well the area where Wal Mart is going is a little "east" of what most people consider Ward's Corner. Once you go under the freeway the area gets very scary very quickly.

I was referring to the area where Granby and Little Creek intersect to the freeway.

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Well I'm sure some of you guys have seen the comprehensive plan for Wards Corner on the Norfolk planning website. Here's a link to the plan (WARNING! PDF!) Wards Corner Plan

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Well I'm sure some of you guys have seen the comprehensive plan for Wards Corner on the Norfolk planning website.  Here's a link to the plan (WARNING! PDF!) Wards Corner Plan

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That is the first time i've seen this plan in my life! Awesome contribution lammius. I had no idea they had so much planned for Wards corner :o .

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You guys should like this :)

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Those turned out WAY bigger than they originally were :rofl: . Thats interesting, don't know how that happened :blink:

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They had a set of guys that came to Granby high school and had a meeting and showed residents all of the plans. Alot of it was around Texas ave. The planned on building townhouses that had offices at the bottom for people with home business. They were modeling it after something in Dallas Texas. They were also talking about Titus town and redevelopment there. They were also talking about building a tall hotel by Tidewater Dr. It was on Norfolk News Network about 6 months ago.

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Ward's Corner (like everything else it seems) will be totally transformed in a number of years.

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I love the planning of this new redevelopment plan. Its detail and concern for the surroundings and history of the area as a major shopping magnet in northern Norfolk is admirable. While I've never been a fan of developments that wipe the slate clean (demolishing peoples' homes...), I believe that it would transform the northside of the city outside of the waterfront. It seems like it could perhaps take upwards of a decade or even much longer, but I think that if it'll reduce crime etc. and create a new, upscale district, then the wait will be worth it. The downtown renaissance has been 25 years in the making and it's turning out rather well I think! :D

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I wonder if this is in concrete? I wonder when they will actually start on the redevelopment.

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I think what is concrete is Norfolk's determination to do something with that area of the city. The renderings and site plans the consultants produced are just ideas of what a redevelopment project could look like. I doubt the city has put out and RFP and wonder if they have even designated a redevelopment area at Wards Corner yet.

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I think they are waiting to see what impact the Walmart will have once its up and running. I can't believe all the things that are going on in the city. It was so stale for the longest time and then it just exploded.

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I love it when cities come back to life....thank god the 70's and 80's are long gone.

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Well the Wal Mart area is coming alive already... they are almost done with a Ruby Tuesday's! You know some more chains are sure to follow lol...

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They were talking like they already had a hotel lined up on norfolk news network. It's suppose to be a good size too.

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Has anyone heard any more news on this redevelopment? I'm curious when they will start and more about the Walmart.

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I'm curious about one thing the City did. What does moving the human services offices to Wards Corner say about commitment to it's redevelopment? I think it moves these services closer to more clients, but the Southern Shopping Center area would have made a better location.

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I'm curious about one thing the City did.  What does moving the human services offices to Wards Corner say about commitment to it's redevelopment?  I think it moves these services closer to more clients, but the Southern Shopping Center area would have made a better location.

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There is a huge bus change station in Wards Corner and it is closer to the people that it would serve. The neighborhoods around the Southern Shopping Center are not anywhere near as bad as you'd imagine from Tidewater/Little Creek. The people there don't need the Human Services offices either.

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I don't know how much credence I would put into this, but I overheard someone at Starbuck's talking about the next new Starbuck's location in Norfolk. Evidentally, it is supposed to be going in Ward's Corner in a new Barnes and Noble (!) that is planned for the area where Warehouse Music currently sits. Supposedly they are going to tear down some of the Granby Mall as well. Anyone else know anything about this?

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I don't know how much credence I would put into this, but I overheard someone at Starbuck's talking about the next new Starbuck's location in Norfolk. Evidentally, it is supposed to be going in Ward's Corner in a new Barnes and Noble (!) that is planned for the area where Warehouse Music currently sits. Supposedly they are going to tear down some of the Granby Mall as well. Anyone else know anything about this?

That last thing I heard about coming to Wards Corner was Walmart, so this is definately good if it pans out.

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I always thought B&N would be better served by a DT location. :(

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That last thing I heard about coming to Wards Corner was Walmart, so this is definately good if it pans out.

Walmart isn't going over in Wards Corner its being built in Southern Shopping Center off of Tidewater Dr.

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