Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

December 2001

             Happy Holidays

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING/HOLIDAY PARTY, Monday, December 10, 2001, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

DEADLINE for the January issue is Tuesday, January 1, 2002.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Holiday Party with Santa and refreshments - Vote to approve $150 funding for the Community Garden - Time to renew memberships!

President's Notes
David Block

Happy Holidays to One and All!!

A special thank-you to John and Maggie at Enrico's Ristorante on Colley Avenue for saving us when we found ourselves locked out of the Stuart School for our November League Meeting. Maggie did not hesitate to offer their party/meeting room. Several members stayed to sample good food and/or their favorite cocktail in a wonderful atmosphere.

Be sure to bring your children of all ages to visit Santa at the December meeting. Also, bring along a donation of canned goods for The Foodbank. If you are unable to make the meeting, Deborah Williams, owner of The Garden Gate at 4117 Granby Street (Old Strickland's Car Wash), will be happy to receive your canned goods and will get them to the Foodbank, if dropped off not later than December 14.

Our December meeting is normally just for fun and fellowship, but we will vote on a $150.00 donation to the Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden to help defray the expenses related to the construction of a storage shed at the garden. If you have not visited the garden in a while (or ever), you are really missing out. Check it out. The garden is located right behind Fellinis, at 40th and Colley Avenue.

See you on December 10, 7:00 pm, at Stuart School for light refreshments, a visit with Santa, and fellowship with your neighbors!

Deck the Halls, Doors and Yards!
Audrey Webb

It's time once again for the Colonial Place/Riverview Holiday Decorations Contest. The categories include Best Door, Best Lighting, Best Yard Display, Best Use of Natural Material, Best Group of Homes (3 or more homes), Most Original, and Judge's Favorite. Judging will be held on Thursday, December 20. Our generous sponsors have donated some great prizes. Note, last year's winners will not be eligible for a prize this year.

Craft Day for Kids
Audrey Webb

Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, the Norfolk Environmental Commission would like to invite you and your family to a craft day for kids, at the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center in Lafayette Park - next to the Zoo. Make holiday decorations, cards, presents for the family, or something for yourself. No cost. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be provided. For reservations, call 441-1347.

Real Estate Sales 2000 vs. 2001
Melissa Johnson

Colonial Place
38th Street to the Lafayette River
2000 (Jan - Sept)        2001 (Jan - Sept)
Sold single family 36        Sold single family 47
Avg. market time 70 days        Avg. market time 64 days
Avg. list price $122,229        Avg. list price $121,146
Avg. sold price $116,202        Avg. sold price $118,371
Sold attached dwelling 6        Sold attached dwelling 4
Avg. market time 122 days        Avg. market time 57 days
Avg. list price $61,816        Avg. list price $64,350
Avg. sold price $59,320        Avg. sold price $62,875
Sold duplexes 4        Sold duplexes 3
Avg. market time 36 days        Avg. market time 17 days
Avg. list price $119,100        Avg. list price $121,769
Avg. sold price $101,875        Avg. sold price $119,966

Granby Street to the Lafayette River
2000 (Jan - Sept)        2001 (Jan - Sept)
Sold single family 12        Sold single family 12
Avg. market time 38 days        Avg. market time 51 days
Avg. list price $142,941        Avg. list price $160,450
Avg. sold price $138,137        Avg. sold price $153,935

Note, the average interest rate for the year 2000, was 8.06%. The interest rate for the third quarter of 2001, was 6.96%.

Granby Street Beat
Rosemary Zemanian

Two new Riverview Village businesses opened in November.

The Garden Gate (located at the former Strickland's Auto Cleaners) is owned and operated by Deborah Williams. It offers live plants and locally grown produce. Christmas merchandise includes freshly cut trees, poinsettias, Christmas cacti, wreaths, garland, and topiaries. At press time, renovations were still underway at The Garden Gate. Temporarily, only the larger building is in use, but final plans call for the smaller building to house a unique shop surrounded by a gated garden and shade area. Included in the fenced area will be a koi pond with a custom-designed water feature. The large building will then become available for lease to a compatible business.

The former Granby Texaco was recently purchased at auction by Jason Im, the owner of Granby Mobil. Jason, a strong supporter of our neighborhoods, will operate both businesses. A Riverview resident, Max Allen, will serve as manager of the new Riverview Texaco convenience store. Max, with his restaurant experience, plans to offer fast food with a "twist of freshness." Among the selections will be deli sandwiches (prepared on premises and ready to go), grilled sandwiches, and homemade pizza, or pizza-by-the-slice (call ahead). Both Jason and Max are eager to serve the neighborhood and welcome your suggestions. Store hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 am until 9:30 pm, Saturday, 7:30 am until 9:30 pm, and Sunday, 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. A grand opening is planned for Saturday, December 8, so come prepared to try the NASCAR simulator and sample some free food. An application has been submitted to the ABC board for a license for off-premise sale of beer and wine.

As Riverview Village welcomes the new Riverview Gas & Grill and The Garden Gate, it also says goodbye to the retail location of the Char-Marie Sims Foundation. The foundation's medical charitable work continues, but the retail business is being discontinued. For the second year in a row, Riverview Village is traditionally decorated for the holidays with wreaths and bows. Many thanks to Mary Barnett and her staff for graciously supplying these items. Further thanks to each of the merchants who climbed their ladders to deck the corridor with greenery.

It has been an exciting year on Granby Street, and I hope you will agree that the area looks noticeably nicer. I am truly heartened to see that our own residents are seeking to start businesses in Riverview Village. All the more reason to shop the neighborhood first.

Wayne Johnson
New Jersey Avenue Traffic Report

After driving over a traffic counter on New Jersey Avenue, recently, I became alarmed. What's up?! Is there a movement to make my street one-way?! No right turn?! No left turn?! I called the Traffic Department, ready to duke it out. But what I got was comforting information. I thought I would pass it on.

I was told the counter was placed to gather information in response to the concern of a New Jersey Avenue resident. The resident was concerned about excessive speeding.

The good news is that 85% of the drivers are at or below 27 MPH. And 50% of the drivers are thoughtful enough to drive at 21 MPH or less. Also, according to the Traffic Department, the traffic flow is negligible.

The Traffic Department suggested the possibility of placing patrol cars on the street at certain times of the day to curtail the speeding of those who do drive thoughtlessly. If you're among the speeding few, you may get your dues.

I share the concern of my neighbor, because it only takes one irresponsible driver to cause an accident, and I've seen some cars traveling at pretty scary speeds. But the Traffic Department's information does not support a perception of New Jersey Avenue as a street with any particular problem. Thank you, Traffic Department, for the information.

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