Council approves parking, rezoning plans for The Salty Fig

The Jacksonville City Council approved plans for alleyway parking in the King Street area that paves the way for The Salty Fig, a 151-seat gastropub planned for 901 King St.
The council passed two separate bills during its late September meeting — 2012-542 and 2012-504. Both bills affected The Salty Fig’s ability to provide parking in the space-starved area of King Street. The rezoning applications were filed by Mark Rubin of San Marco-based AccuBuild Development Co.
Bill 2012-542, introduced Aug. 28 by District 14 City Councilman Jim Love, required a right-of-way closure and ordinance code waiver. The ordinance proposed the closure of part of an alley between King, College, Acosta and Post streets behind The Salty Fig’s new location. The ordinance would enable the applicant, King Street LLC, to create a parking lot to serve King Street businesses.
“The purpose of this ordinance is to enable the applicant to re-align the alley in order to construct a parking lot behind the applicant’s property located on King Street,” reads the bill’s summary. ” The applicant will construct a restaurant on his property and the parking lot is a component of the project.”
The bill summary indicated there had been no negative responses from other agencies, and no response from the state Department of Transportation.
The other bill, Bill 202-504, was a request to rezone the property from residential medium density to PUD, or planned unit development.
The Salty Fig is described as “a southern gastropub offering an eclectic ambiance in a polished casual setting with great food and a big city bar promoting the best local ingredients.” The executive chef is Jeff Stanford. Until now, the company has been sharing its culinary delights with area residents through its food truck, which has visited many locations throughout the city — including the King Street market and the corner of Stockton and Oak streets.

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