Kempsville Road Closure on Sunday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 3, and Delays on I-264

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Traffic Impact #1
For the weekends of Sunday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 3, VDOT plans to close Kempsville Road at the I-264 overpass for work on the bridge structure. The road and sidewalks will be closed in both directions. This affects people coming from Norfolk on Kempsville Road. Motorists will need to use Center Drive and then turn right on Newtown and then another right on Kempsville.
This same closure will be in place during the evenings and overnight hours the week of Jan. 28. This will affect BSF on Monday evening and Wednesday evening activities.
Traffic Impact #2
Traffic on I-264 east and west between the Newtown and Witchduck exits will be slowed for up to 15 minutes about once per hour between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, for power line work over the interstate. The same traffic-slowing operations are scheduled for the same hours (6-11 a.m.) the weekend of Feb. 9 and 10. If either weekend must be rescheduled, the back-up dates are Feb. 2-3 and Feb. 16-17.
While traffic is slowed on the interstate, vehicles will also be temporarily stopped at nearby on-ramps to I-264.
The traffic-slowing operations are required to allow Dominion Energy to pull overhead transmission lines in support of the utility’s Greenwich-Burton 115KV Rebuild Project.
VDOT’s I-64/I-264 Interchange project site: Read more details here.

Rescheduled I-64/I-264 Detours will impact Kempsville Road Location on Sunday, January 20

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Photo courtesy of VDOT
From January 18 at 7 PM through Monday morning January 21, VDOT plans to close Exit 284B from I-64 West and Exit 15A from I-264 East for work on the interchange. Exit 15 from I-264 West remains open. If you attend the Kempsville Road Location and use I-64 or I-264 from Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, or other areas South and West of our location, you will need a few more minutes on Sunday, January 20. After this work, motorists will be using some of the new roadway.
Here are a few alternative routes:
  • Take exit 284A (I-264 West), Military Highway, Virginia Beach Blvd. and Kempsville Road
  • Take the Indian River Road exit (286A) and use Military Highway, Virginia Beach Blvd. and Kempsville Road
  • Use Kempsville Road (the other one) in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach to Princess Anne Road. This turns into Kempsville Road at the Norfolk/Virginia Beach line.
  • The map below shows the options. The roadways highlighted in red will be closed.
A different detour is planned for Sunday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 3, with full closures of Kempsville Road at the I-264 overpass. More on this in the coming weeks.
Don’t miss the experience of worshiping with your church family at either location!
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Church approves motion to accept lease agreement for Volvo Parkway property

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During the Sept. 17 Campus Catalyst Meeting, the church discussed and voted to approve a three-year lease agreement for a property at 1516 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, as our second location. Launching this new location is a part of our Ten-Year Vision, and more specifically, our One-Year Goal:

First Norfolk Advance: Between January and December 2017, we will launch a new location in our multi-site strategy.

This building on Volvo Parkway began as a church plant more than 10 years ago, but the church plant went out of business and a finance group purchased the partially-finished facility. The building has never been used and is in great condition. This facility works well for our purposes as it already includes a worship center and has three stories (plenty of space for student, young adult, adult, children, and preschool ministries). There are some construction projects that the owners will finish, and this will leave us to furnish the space with things like lighting, sound, furniture, and technology.

There are 170 parking spots for the building, which could present a potential challenge for significant future growth. However, this many spots give us parking for approximately 400 people. If/when we have more than 400 people attending church, we would then move to two gatherings at that location.

Our lease ownership begins on Oct. 1 (we are leasing this building, not purchasing it). Pastor Eric said that we plan to use October to finish and furnish the facility, and then plan a “soft launch” of the campus in November as we get our leadership teams (staff and lay people) in place. We plan to host some events at the location to help acclimate those who attend the church and people in the community to this new campus. We are planning for a “hard launch” of the new campus in January 2018. Currently, we are calling this location “First Norfolk on Volvo Parkway.” Brent Wilson, Minister to Young Adults, will be the pastor at this location.

In other news, we have a new trial date with VDOT for May 7-11, 2018. In July, VDOT’s continuance request was granted. We are still hopeful for mediation in the near future.

CALL TO PRAYER

  • Pray for God’s glory to shine through us to the seven cities.
  • Pray that hundreds of people far from God would be saved during this journey.
  • Pray for the Volvo location.
  • Pray for VDOT negotiations.

Time-lapse images of construction

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Image via VDOT’s improvements website

At the beginning of August, VDOT installed a time-lapse construction camera to allow the public to view the progress on the I-64/I-264 interchange project. Our church is featured prominently in this time-lapse view. You can watch the time-lapse video on VDOT’s project website homepage here: http://www.i64i264improvements.org