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Historic Kempsville Master Plan

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I sunday's paper there was an article and map of the future plan of making Kempsville at the Princess Anne and Kempsville Rd/Witchduck Rd. intersection a colonial village type historically preserved Williamsburg-ish like area...thing... :blink:

But, I can't find it on Pilot Online and the only info I found by Google is the boring prelim documents with uninformative text. Does anyone have info on this project?

Thanks,

Metalman

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I found it in the Hampton Roads section.

It says the plan calls for colonial style boutiques, book stores,

cafes and professional offices. It is expected to coincide with

the widening and realignment of PA Rd and Kempsville-Witchduck.

Construction on the $50 million road is to start in mid 2008. It goes

on to say it is an attempt to encourage more pedestrian friendly development.

The shops, offices and condos will be two to four stories and linked by

sidewalks, jogging and bike paths and eventually hope to extend to Town Center.

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Wow, i've been so busy with the forum changes today I completely missed this thread. Excellent looking project. :)

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this is cool, I know that area really well. I was afraid it would slowly disappear into non-importance. There are a few brick buildings over that that are really old, very colonial looking. I would love to see them really dress up that major intersection and give that area a sense of place again.

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Kville definitely needs a sense of place. Kempsville is actually pretty large but because it sprawls it doesn't have a sense of place which is too bad.

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Kville definitely needs a sense of place. Kempsville is actually pretty large but because it sprawls it doesn't have a sense of place which is too bad.

Even worse is that it is the most diverse neighborhood in VB and you couldn't tell when you are in it.

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Even worse is that it is the most diverse neighborhood in VB and you couldn't tell when you are in it.

Amazing. When I think of Kempsville I think of the large shopping centers that are there. Because it's people are tucked off the main roads in neighborhoods there really is no sense of anything. Hopefully, this will help. This is kinda off topic but I found this great website actually somewhere else in a UP thread. Go to http://urban-advantage.com/. Select the Image link. Then View Images With Flash. It is amazing to compare before and after. And while it is true that the storefronts make a difference, note the huge improvements just by adding landscaping (trees, planters), and sidewalks. Hopefully, some of these ideas will be incorporated into the new changes for Kempsville.

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Their rendering in the article is horrible, because Emmanuel Episcopal is actually on the opposite side of PA Rd from Kempsville Baptist Church. Emmanuel's property is adjacent to the vacant city property on the corner of PA/Witchduck/Kempsville. They don't show the Kemps Landing school on the map, either... I wonder if that's going to be "relocated" to make room for this...

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They don't show the Kemps Landing school on the map, either... I wonder if that's going to be "relocated" to make room for this...

Isn't Kemps Landing Magnet just south of the dotted line on the west side of Kempsville Road? Unless the City and School Board feel like spending $20 million on a new building, it isn't going anywhere.

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Isn't Kemps Landing Magnet just south of the dotted line on the west side of Kempsville Road? Unless the City and School Board feel like spending $20 million on a new building, it isn't going anywhere.

I thought they knocked that down. :dontknow:

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I thought they knocked that down. :dontknow:

Just swung by the VB schools' website. I think you're right. Kemps Landing moved to one of the two schools on Jericho some time ago. Can't remember if it was the old 6th grade Bayside Middle campus, and elementary school, or an adult learning center.

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The new Kemps Landing Magnet is directly next to the newly renovated Pembroke Elem. on Jericho. The old Kemps Magnet on Kempsville Road is still there but there are plans to demolish it. It was used until last year as a temporary site for Hermitage Elem. until they got there brand new school on Pleasure House Rd. In 2004 I was long-term subbing there for 8 weeks. Believe me, it will be a good thing when that building goes! The old Hermitage was knocked down, minus the gym, and a new enviromentally friendly "green" school was built in its place. It won state a award for it. There were going to knock it down after Hermatige left but they posponed it 'cause Newtown Road Elem was going to be housed there if they went ahead with new construction of an Elem. school for them. So far those plans have been on hold.

Camberne, the map in the paper shows the intersection in it's proposed new location. They are going to moving the intersction further south and take up some of the area near the ball field to the east and were the old (now torn down)EMT station was to the west.

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Camberne, the map in the paper shows the intersection in it's proposed new location. They are going to moving the intersction further south and take up some of the area near the ball field to the east and were the old (now torn down)EMT station was to the west.
WOW! We were talking discussing whether the road/intersection would be re-routed, but didn't think that it was feasible/practical. The traffic is hideous there as it is, heaven help us when they attempt construction!! Thanks for the info!!

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IMHO this is great news. Kempsville is a large area that could benefit from having a sense of place.

This plan is on the outskirts of Kempsville. Isn't Kempsville's center at the intersection of Indian River and Kempsville?

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This plan is on the outskirts of Kempsville. Isn't Kempsville's center at the intersection of Indian River and Kempsville?

I would think it would be.

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The Kempsville Rd/ Providence Rd. Intersection is a pretty big retail and community service (if you will) intersection for the borought with Fairfield and Providence Shopping centers there, medical offices there (specialists and PCP's) and in the vicinity as well as the 3rd Police Precint and the Kempsville branch library.

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I'm kicking myself. there was a public hearing about this past Thursday and I missed it!!

might the results be on the city website or elsewhere?

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I'm kicking myself. there was a public hearing about this past Thursday and I missed it!!

grrr... so am i. Why didn't they make this more public? I would've loved to attend.

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I go thru that intersection twice a week. I saw the road sign that told of the meeting and I totally forgot to mention it here. I didn't go either. :( Between the time of me passing that intersection and getting home. I forgot it was even there. I have a friend who lives on Witchduck. I'll ask her if she went to the meeting.

We should check on vbgov.com for updates. Maybe they'll put the info up on their site.

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The way they list the event info I think this is going on everyday starting march 1 and ending march 31st at 10am. It looks like it will be an open house type function.

The City of Virginia Beach is planning big changes to the heart of Kempsville. The roads will be widened and moved, landscaping will be upgraded, parks and walking paths will be built. If you want to know more about this, come to the Kempsville Area Library and see our display about the improvements to the Historic Kempsville District. The historic houses, Carraway House and Pleasant Hall, will set the mood for a well-planned, inviting area. Six lanes of traffic will alleviate the rush hour jams. See what is happening in Kempsville! Call 385-2626 for more details.

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The historic houses, Carraway House and Pleasant Hall, will set the mood for a well-planned, inviting area. Six lanes of traffic will alleviate the rush hour jams.

Historic homes, new landscaping, parks, walking paths, and six lanes of traffic...man that will be truly inviting especially the six lanes of traffic. I'm sorry that just sounded funny to me for some reason. I'm sure it will better than what's there already there.

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