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May 24

City Council Recap

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 8:38 AM by Communications Department

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Council Recap

New CNU Dorm

City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for the CNU Real Estate Foundation for the construction and operation of a student dormitory as part of a mixed use development on property located at 359 Hiden Boulevard and 12401 Warwick Boulevard. Two existing buildings on the 3.24 acre property will be demolished. The proposed dorm will be exclusively for fourth year students, allowing them the option to reside on campus rather than in the surrounding neighborhoods. The shift of students from neighborhoods to campus housing is expected to reduce the stresses and conflict that may be generated by student rentals in adjacent neighborhoods.

Conveyance of Property to Housing Authority
Last night City Council authorized the City Manager to convey a vacant city-owned, surplus parcel located at 555 40th Street to the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority in support of revitalization activities in the Southeast Community. The housing authority intends to assemble the property with adjacent parcels already owned by NNRHA for the development of single family homes in the future.

City Council approved the following appropriations at Tuesday’s meeting:
- $338,343 for traffic signals. The City has competed for and successfully secured federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation in support of a safety project on Warwick Boulevard at Tabbs Lane and Beechmont Drive. The project involves the conversion of the existing span wire traffic signals to mast arm poles for both intersections. The project also include improvements to pedestrian safety with the installation of pedestrian push buttons, countdown displays, emergency vehicle pre-emption, video detection, uninterrupted power source battery backup system and enhanced pavement markings. The project is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion in the fall. The total project cost is $1,723,343, with $1,385,000 of HSIP funds previously appropriated.
- $1,100,000 for maintenance and repair of city-owned buildings. These funds, from the Public Buildings Category of this year’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), will allow the Department of Public Works to undertake projects at several city buildings including: City Hall chiller renewal ($300,000), City Hall roof replacement ($275,000), replacement of heat pumps and small rooftop units at various buildings ($75,000), Public Safety Building roof replacement ($110,000), design of HVAC replacement at three buildings ($175,000), elevator upgrades at the Peninsula Health Center ($75,000), and rooftop heater replacement at Vehicle Services ($60,000).
- $1,736,000 to Newport News Public Schools for critical capital projects. These funds will be used for the replacement of the Deer Park Elementary School roof ($611,000), a Menchville High School learning cottage ($125,000), and elementary school casework ($1,000,000). This action completes the appropriations for NNPS current year CIP program.

Other Actions
All items on last night’s regular City Council meeting agenda were approved, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Newport News City Council will be Tuesday, June 13th. City Council typically meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2400 Washington Avenue. Meetings are shown live on the City's Cable Channel NNTV (Cox Ch 48/Verizon Ch 19) and are streamed live on City Council meetings are also available to be watched on-demand the day following the meeting. Oftentimes City Council holds work sessions in the 10th floor conference room of City Hall in the afternoon before the regular meetings. Work sessions are open to the public. Agendas for work sessions and regular meetings are available online in the Agenda Center the Friday before the meeting.