Tonight’s Residential Review meeting is cancelled, because there is no residential application to review before the Monday, February 8th Architectural Review Board meeting.

However, there is a pending commercial application, which will be heard at Monday’s ARB meeting.  The GNL and the applicant will discuss the details over the phone.  If you have any feedback about the commercial application, please e-mail Paige Rose at paige@ghentva.org before the end of the week.  Follow this link to the application:  http://www.norfolk.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/2089?fileID=4941



GNL Residential Project Review Meeting Schedule

Humanities Center Library

The Williams School

418 Colonial Avenue

Norfolk, Virginia


All residents of the Ghent Local Historic District who wish to make changes to the exterior of their homes, including additions, demolitions, landscaping and driveways, are required to contact Susan McBride, Senior Planner at the City of Norfolk by calling 757-823-1451. If it is determined that a resident requires a Certificate of Appropriateness, the City’s application process requires that an applicant meet with the neighborhood civic league. The GNL has set-up a calendar for applicant/neighbor review for the Wednesday, prior to Architectural Review Board meetings.   Applicants for Certificates of Appropriateness should contact Karen Reynes, GNL Chairperson of the Residential Review Committee, at Karen@ghentva.org or by calling 757-771-2764 to arrange for presentation. Check the GNL website to confirm the meeting will be held.  All reviews are scheduled for 7:00 PM. For general information about the City’s Historic Guidelines or to procure an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, go to http://www.Norfolk.gov/arb.

GNL Residential Review meeting date at The Williams School  ——  ARB meeting date in City Hall

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, January 25, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, February 8, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, February 22, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 —- ARB Meeting, Monday, March 7, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 —- ARB Meeting, Monday, March 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, April 11, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 —- ARB Meeting, Monday, April 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 —- ARB Meeting, Monday, May 9, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 —- ARB Meeting, Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, June 6, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 —– ARB Meeting, Monday, June 20, 2016

Due to expected severe rain, wind, flooding, and snow, and since students and friends live in a large radius around the center, the Muse is postponing its Grand Opening to Saturday, January 30.


The Muse Writers Center will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Our new space is at 2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3 in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood (23517)—in the Ghent Market Shops.

The all-day event will feature Tours, a Pre-teen Class Reading, a Teen Class Reading, a Songwriting Class Performance, an ODU MFA Program Reading, a Reading by Lydia Netzer and Luisa Igloria, and a Reading by Tim Seibles (with Greg Lee) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and a Reception & Celebration from 7-10 p.m., featuring The Muse Neighborhood Jam, and Performances by Skye Zentz, Dan Duke, and others. The event is free and open to the public.

Ten years ago, The Muse Writers Center began by borrowing classroom and reading space from other art centers. Today, The Muse is a thriving literary center ready to expand, and we’re excited to be moving back to where we began, The Ghent Market Shops. Our new, 2,700 square-foot facility will house five large classrooms, two semi-private rooms for writers who need a little more quiet to work, office space, a kitchen, two restrooms, as well as a library and an auditorium.

The Muse Library will house hundreds of works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and various books on the art of writing. In addition, a 2,000 volume collection of international poetry has been gifted to The Muse. Comfortable chairs for reading and a table for writing complement the space.

The spacious Auditorium/all purpose room, with an integrated projector and sound system, will enable us to grow our events. This area will be used for teen and pre-teen readings and open-mic performances, The Muse Jam, and open houses. It will provide the necessary space for vising writers to give talks and readings, and allow us to hold special performance events in a bright, open space.

            More information can be found at www.the-muse.org.

There will be no Residential Review Committee meeting tonight, because there is no application to review.

Construction update

Please see the attached document for an update about the City’s ongoing construction project in the Hague neighborhood.  Residents are weary of the noise and disruption, but, in the end, residents will have vastly improved sewer infrastructure and more.

If you have any questions, please send them to info@ghentva.org.  Or, you may directly contact Ms. Leticia Quejada, who is the City liaison with this project.  leticia.quejada@norfolk.gov

Mowbray Arch Project Update as of January 14