Norfolk’s Economic Stimulus List

24 02 2009

Norfolk released their wishlist for the Economic Stimulus plan yesterday. It includes $556.8 million in projects. Overall, I am impressed by the list. Unlike Virginia Beach’s ‘needed’ tennis courts and play grounds, Norfolk’s list is made up of projects that would improve city efficiency. In fact, as far as I can tell, Bay Oaks Park is the only recreation project in the list. They plan on upgrading to energy efficient lighting and heating/cooling systems for the city’s largest properties. They also have $346.5 million in renovations/additions/replacements for school facilities. $38.6 million is included for transit purposes, including $500,000 for a bus transfer facility at Harbor Park and $550,000 for the Salter Street bus transfer station (commonly referred to as Cedar Grove). I am not quite sure why they need money for both, as one would negate the need for the other. Either they are trying to back-charge the cost of Cedar Grove or they are going to try to extend something like the 310 to Harbor Park and call it good. Whatever their reason, I will find out. We need to create a complete transfer station at Harbor Park and close the Cedar Grove spot. If you would like to view Norfolk’s plan yourself, it is listed on usmayors.org.

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24 02 2009
Michael Ragsdale

I say don’t use the money on Cedar Grove but instead redo the Harbor Park Tide Station to make it a transit center. (see TriMet (www.trimet.org) for plenty of examples)

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