Norfolk's Willoughby Corridor Charrette Set March 8-9

For More Information: 

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

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Mon, 03/06/2006

Norfolk, VA (March 6, 2006) – Following the Willoughby Corridor Citizens Input Forum held January 25, the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) will present preliminary findings and seek feedback on plan alternatives to develop a future vision for this area, including residential, commercial and civic uses.

From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, March 8 at the Bayview Recreation Center, 8613 Willow Terrace, NRHA assisted by Urban Design Associates (UDA), Pittsburgh, Pa., will host an informal Public Input Session. On March 9 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm a Public Presentation/Discussion of Options will be held at the same location.

The Willoughby Corridor is a peninsula of land between the convergence of the Chesapeake Bay/Little Bay and the Elizabeth River from 1st View St. westward to the tip of Willoughby. The area covers about 138 acres.

Public participation is a critical part of the process. At the first Citizens Input Forum approximately 150 people attended and provided NRHA and UDA staff with their observations and vision for the future.

Following the March 9 charrette, a draft corridor study will be prepared and presented to citizens in the late spring 2006. A final study is expected by June, 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 significant 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.”

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