Wards Corner Neighborhood Assessment Study Completed

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

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Tue, 07/11/2006

Norfolk, VA (July 11, 2006) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA), assisted by a consultant team from the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has completed an assessment of physical and socioeconomic conditions of three neighborhoods in the Wards Corner area of Norfolk, Va.

The neighborhoods of Monticello Village, Oakdale Farms and Denby Park encompass about 381 acres and are bounded by Tidewater Drive on the east, Stockton Road and Interstate 64 to the south, I-64 and Forest Lawn Cemetery on the west, and Mason Creek/Northside Park to the north. East Little Creek Road, a busy six-lane thoroughfare, bisects the study area.

The study generally concluded that Wards Corner is characterized by strong, relatively stable neighborhoods of modest, well-kept homes. Most areas of the neighborhoods remain desirable places to live. Property values have increased considerably through much of the area, particularly Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms. However, along the East Little Creek Road corridor and the Texas streets area, poorly maintained properties, helter-skelter layout of multifamily structures, and easy access to the interstate all combine to create crime proliferation conditions.

Dr. David Salvesen, who headed the UNC consultant team, explained that “There is a vicious cycle between crime and building upkeep. As crime increases and property values decrease, property owners become reluctant to invest in maintenance and repairs. The lack of investment in lighting, tamper-proof doors and windows, fencing, etc., may invite more crime, which lowers property values,” Salveseb said. He concluded that, “If left unchecked, these problems could spill over into surrounding neighborhoods, threatening their stability and quality. There is evidence that is occurring already.”

NRHA presented study findings to Norfolk City Council on July 11, 2006. Based on the study conclusions City Council will be considering a redevelopment plan for the area. Any redevelopment considerations will be the subject of a public hearing process.

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