Two new restaurants and hard-working residents and business owners are raising the profile of Norfolk’s Park Place neighborhood. It was named “Best Overall Neighborhood” at a recent Neighborhood Conference.
Croaker’s Spot on 35th Street and The Coffee Tree on Colonial Avenue and 29th Street opened earlier this month, and a Visioning and Engagement Plan was put into place to guide the efforts of the Park Place Civic League with things like waste management and code compliance.
Vernon Fareed, President of the Park Place Business Assoc., said, “We took control of our neighborhood; the civic league, the business people and the citizens as a whole. We took the reins and with the help of the city, we turned things around.”
Other Winners at the Neighborhood Conference and Awards Luncheon included:
- Youth Civic Participation – Marcus Johnson, president of the Lindenwood/Cottage Heights/Barraud Park Civic League Youth Board.
- Neighborhood Champion – Beatrice (Bea) Garvin-Thompson of Olde Huntersville
- Unsung Hero – Amanda Skupin
- City Employee Award – Jim Herbst
- Best Marketing Tool – Ocean View Civic League newsletter
- Best Small Business – Jessy’s Tienda Y Taqueria of Ocean View