GHENT NEIGHBORHOOD LEAGUE
July 20th, 2011
Chrysler Museum of Arts
6:30 pm Call to Order
-Introductions of Board Members, Members, and Guests
Attendance – Irene Blake, Joan McEnery, Paul, Henry, Amy, Al, Silke & Paige – quorum met
Not Attendance – Mike Spencer, & Barbara Murphy
Crime Report – Officer Laura Mason – benches removed @ Colonial & princess anne bus stop.
Ghent Issues Updates
1 – Hague Water and Sewer update presentation with project details:
By Mr Don Ewell (Project Engineer/ City Of Norfolk) – Not at meeting, will try to bring back.
Does look like project was delayed. Ask that questions be submitted which will be given to the project manager for answers to be posted on website.
2 – Vision for Ghent Economic Development (Colley and 21st Street)
Update on Debree Post Office lease.
By Mr Mike Cutter (Business Dev Manager for Economic Development City of Norfolk)
DeBree Station – City does see as valued asset. USPS says they have ability to absorb all the services that it offers to the Main Station on Church St. City and locals are working to lobby for the station to stay as a USPS station. USPS is a tenant of the building. Owned by John Small. Currently they have not come to terms with a new lease agreement. Lease was to end in May, but was extended till end of year. Unknown what will happen at experaton. Working on some type service to be brought to Ghent still if it closes. Building currently 4000 sq. ft., owner has listed as for sale. Noted, not handicapped accessible.
Strategic Vision Concept of Ghent Business District – Work to retain existing and obtain new businesses to work complementary with neighborhood as well.
National Businesses – Many times it up to the property owner to add who they want. The city is not involved in these businesses being brought in. Believe that there is a good mix of local and national chains. Sr Center on 21st St possible medical office complex option has expired.
Discussed the Green Apartment project.
Private properties have control over what goes in Ghent. Currently zoning is the only limiting factor on type of business. Don’t have a “vision” of Colley or 21st.
City owned properties- controlled by the Real Estate Department – City of Norfolk. These have a mandated design review process.
Business vs. residential historic Ghent – need further discussion for a vision – including GBA.
Guests with business before the Board
PHO 79 Restaurant Presentation(To Occupy 21st location previously known as Imperio Inca) – open late Sept.
Café Stella…Colonial Ave – just opened. Owners live in neighborhood. Roast own coffee and baked goods are made & baked on site.
Mr Marcus Calabrese (Food-bank) – not in attendance
GNL Board Reports
Treasurer’s Report – Audit report $11,609 balance
Ghent Task Force – discussions of third tunnel
Ghent Business Association – none
Historic and Architectural Preservation Committee – City has postponed review till August.
Committee Business / Committee Chair Reports
Community Improvement…… Silke/ Paige
Sector Representatives……… Open
Publicity/Social Events……… Open
Communications……………. Irene / Henry
Program………………………. Mike Spencer
Approval of Minutes (January, February, March, April, May & June) – asked to review prior to approval and approve at August meeting.
Audit Committee (Final)
Board Vacancy / Nominations
GNL/Chrysler Meeting Dates – Will be meeting in the education room at Chrysler.
Motion made to move to second wednesday of month. All approve.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 13th