Restaurant developer requesting right-of-way turned into parking

The developer of a barbecue restaurant proposed for a pie slice-shaped property between Roosevelt and Ortega Boulevards has submitted a bill (2018-265) which requests the City of Jacksonville to convert a right-of-way into use for angle parking.

The 150-seat restaurant, known as Edley’s Bar-B-Que, is required to have a minimum of 48 off-street parking spaces, which includes 10 spaces for the 20 employees. The plans submitted indicate 15 spaces, of which two are designated handicap parking, on the property, with another 20 planned for the right-of-way. If the ordinance is approved, there will be no buffer between Ortega Boulevard and the angled parking spaces.

The developer, VOTO, LLC, is also proposing the entrance to the restaurant be located off Ortega Boulevard across from DaVinci Avenue, with no entrance off Roosevelt Boulevard. A new pedestrian crosswalk with signal from the restaurant to DaVinci Avenue is also indicated on the plan, as drawn up by Almond Engineering.

The property was previously a Shell gas station, and is owned by First Coast Energy, which demolished it earlier this year. VOTO originally planned for a mid-summer opening.

The ordinance is being reviewed by the Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee (TEU) and the Land Use and Zoning Committee (LUZ) of the Jacksonville City Council. There is no schedule yet for public comment.

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