New Vision Sought for Norfolk's Willoughby Corridor

For More Information: 

Ed Ware
eware@nrha.norfolk.va.us
757.533.4682

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 01/13/2006

Norfolk, VA (January 13, 2006) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, assisted by Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh, Pa., is embarking on a study that will develop a future vision for Willoughby, including residential, commercial and civic uses.

The Willoughby Corridor is a peninsula of land between the convergence of the Chesapeake Bay/Little Bay and the Elizabeth River from 4th View St. westward to the tip of Willoughby. The area covers about 138 acres.

Public participation is a critical part of the process. The first Citizens Input Forum on the study will be held from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, January 25 at the Ocean View Senior Center, 600 East Ocean View Ave. in Norfolk. The bulk of the meeting will be dedicated to hearing from citizens on key topics such as:

  • What key issues should be addressed during the study?
  • What opportunities for the future should be explored?
  • What vision for the future should we strive to achieve?

The forum will begin offering citizens an overview of the study, which will analyze numerous factors affecting Willoughby's quality of life. These include transportation systems, condition of streets and public amenities, commercial/retail uses, land use patterns, market forces and economics as well as overall community strengths and weaknesses.

The Willoughby area is experiencing vigorous revitalization with unprecedented private investment. Norfolk City Councilman Don Williams said, “The people of Willoughby have an unprecedented opportunity to play a major role in the development of their neighborhood. He emphasized that City Council is committed to making sure that our citizens have a voice in the future of Willoughby.”

For more information, contact Steve Barney at (757) 533.4687

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