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Restaurant serving up economic development

Restaurant serving up economic development

By Susanna P. Barton   One of the neighborhood’s biggest new job-makers is Black Sheep Restaurant, the primary tenant in 5 Points’ nearly complete 1534 Oak Street multi-use building. The business has begun hiring process…

Exceptions to the rules: How PUDs, administrative deviations change landscape

Exceptions to the rules: How PUDs, administrative deviations change landscape

By Steve DiMattia The triangular structure quickly taking shape on the corners of Margaret and Oak streets in Five Points made extensive use of one. Goozlepipe & Guttyworks on King Street in Riverside did not.…

Talks continue over Mellow Mushroom plans

Talks continue over Mellow Mushroom plans

By Susanna P. Barton   There has been no mellowing of discussion between Mellow Mushroom restaurant planners and the newly formed We Love Avondale partnership over the summer. Lunches, meetings and conversations between the opposing…

RAP hopes to fetch approval from city on dog park

RAP hopes to fetch approval from city on dog park

By Susanna P. Barton               Plans for a dog park at Riverside Park are inching forward, according to officials with Riverside Avondale Preservation.             The city of Jacksonville has a proposal from the state…

Transit workshops hone in on San Marco

Transit workshops hone in on San Marco

        By Steve DiMattia             It is not unusual to see Jacksonville’s infamous Skyway traveling its limited 2.5-mile downtown route without any passengers. Many have criticized the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s “boondoggle” for…

FDOT spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate

FDOT spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate

By Susanna P. Barton               The state Department of Transportation is spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate as it clears the path for the $384 million Overland Bridge replacement project.             The state’s…

Group forms to birddog Mellow Mushroom plans

Group forms to birddog Mellow Mushroom plans

  By Susanna P. Barton               A group of Avondale neighbors and business owners have formed a new partnership called “We Love Avondale LLC.” The group intends to keep an eye on Mellow Mushroom’s…

Residents, merchants weigh Love’s moratorium, ordinance

Residents, merchants weigh Love’s moratorium, ordinance

By Steve DiMattia               Love letters typically evoke a lot of emotion and one recently addressed to city Planning and Development Director Calvin Burney is no exception.             This one, written by Jim Love,…

Storm ‘Beryls’ down on the neighborhood

Storm ‘Beryls’ down on the neighborhood

Tropical Storm Beryl caused minor flooding and took down some neighborhood trees, but did not bring widespread damage to the city’s historic neighborhoods during its late May visit. While power went out sporadically in some…

Q&A with District 14 City Councilman Jim Love: Riverside/Avondale development moratorium

Q&A with District 14 City Councilman Jim Love: Riverside/Avondale development moratorium

Last month, District 14 City Councilman Jim Love sent a letter to the city planning and development director, Calvin Burney, requesting a moratorium on any new commercial development requiring PUD, deviations or variance exceptions in…

Stakeholders seek longterm solutions for Riverside-Avondale parking woes

Stakeholders seek longterm solutions for Riverside-Avondale parking woes

By Steve DiMattia There is no shortage of vision for Riverside/Avondale’s parking solutions. But making that vision a reality is the challenge. “There are a lot of short term options being discussed to address parking…

Hendricks principal retiring: B.R. Rhoads steps down after 35 years in education

Hendricks principal retiring: B.R. Rhoads steps down after 35 years in education

By Susanna P. Barton Hendricks Avenue Elementary School Principal Robert E. “BR” Rhoads calls his upcoming retirement a “transition to another adventure.” Neighborhood students and parents say he will be missed. Rhoads, who has been an…

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