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Ghent Neighborhood Concerns to be heard April 20th, 2010

Many Ghent, West Ghent and Ghent Square residents have raised concerns regarding a possible new regional crisis center on Redgate Avenue in Ghent. It has been learned that the Norfolk Community Services Board (“CSB”) is currently in negotiations with Sentara to lease the former Discovery Day Care building in the 800 block of Redgate Avenue to use as a regional crisis center. The NCSB representatives have confirmed that the Redgate Avenue building is one of several possible locations under consideration. Interested or concerned residents are encouraged to attend a presentation by the Norfolk Community Services Board on the proposed use of the site on TUESDAY APRIL 20th at 7pm at Taylor Elementary School hosted by the West Ghent Civic League.

It has been reported that this regional facility would house individuals with behavioral issues in varying degrees of crisis, ranging from people unable to make decisions for themselves to those in eminent danger of harming themselves. It is also reported it will service individuals not just from our city but from the entire region and that some of the individuals will require a police escort to this facility. Current zoning does not allow the proposed use and any such proposal would require City Council approval to rezone the property.

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Following an assault in West Ghent on 8/30/2009, the Norfolk Police have issued an advisory in regards to several women who have been harassed and accosted in the area recently.

The Norfolk Police Department has advised Old Dominion University and neighborhoods surrounding Hampton Boulevard that several women have been harassed and accosted along the thoroughfare from the area around the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club to the Midtown Tunnel.

Norfolk Police ask that residents report any male matching the description walking or driving in the area by calling 911.

White male with a dark complexion and light hair, aged 20-30 years, about 5’ 6” – 5’ 8” tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. His appearance is disheveled and he may be homeless.

The West Ghent Civic League has also issued an alert on their website.

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In view of the imminent approval deadline by the Virginia Department of Transportation for a proposed mid-town tunnel expansion, close to Ghent and West Ghent, the West Ghent Civic League will hold a last-minute meeting on this major transportation project onThursday, May 7, 7 p.m., in the Taylor Elementary School Auditorium. The forum will include a presentation by the Elizabeth River Crossing LLC consortium, the sole bidder, and allow for public comment.

This meeting is a follow-up on the consortium’s presentations to both the Ghent Neighborhood League and the West Ghent Civic League, both of which raised questions about the $1.5 billion project. Key issues so far have been the proposed tolls, the possibility of light rail on Hampton Boulevard and Ghent/West Ghent-related traffic bottlenecks on Hampton Boulevard where three lanes merge into two.

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