Out-of-state financing comes through for early closing on The District

Three days ahead of schedule, the partners behind The District Jacksonville — Life Well Lived (The District) closed July 13 on property owned by the Jacksonville Energy Authority (JEA). Financing for the $18.5 million acquisition was provided by Dallas-based Preston Hollow Capital, LLC. Jumping the July 16 closing date to begin the development process as […]

FDOT passes halfway mark on major road improvements project

FDOT passes halfway mark on major road improvements project

While motorists tap the brakes as often as they impatiently tap their thumbs on the steering wheel while travelling State Road 13 (Hendricks Avenue/San Jose Boulevard) in stop-and-go traffic, the good news is the year-long project has passed the halfway mark. In the meantime, traffic is often restricted to one lane in each direction. “The […]

Home Street apartment complex sports new name

Home Street apartment complex sports new name

The land has been cleared and construction has begun on the Southbank property that was once a vacant lot behind Clara’s Tidbits Restaurant and Catering. SoBa Apartments, a new 147-unit, four-story luxury community located on land adjacent to Home Street, Kipp Avenue, and Louisa Street is being developed by Catalyst Development Partners, a residential developer […]

Klutho’s dream of urban connectivity gains momentum

Klutho’s dream of urban connectivity gains momentum

Although it’s been long known as the Emerald Necklace, a map of preliminary alignments connecting 14 neighborhoods in the urban core suggests a spider web. Envisioned more than a century ago by architect Henry J. Klutho to be a series of connecting parks and greenways, the Emerald Necklace will eventually include a hiking and biking […]

Dedications honor donors, volunteers, longtime partners

Dedications honor donors, volunteers, longtime partners

A Summer Giving Celebration hosted by the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center at its offices July 25 honored its generous donors and members of the 1010 Society (named after 1010 N. Davis St. where the offices are located). Also at the event, President/CEO Michael Howland dedicated the Audiology Suite to the Joseph & Gertrude LaRose […]

Jewish community throws ‘big bash’ for Israel’s 70th birthday

Jewish community throws ‘big bash’ for Israel’s 70th birthday

Two months after Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding as a state on May 14, 1948, Jacksonville’s Jewish community threw a “Big Birthday Bash for Israel” on July 14. The event, held at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, The Temple in San Jose, included a traditional Middle Eastern bazaar, an Israeli-inspired dinner catered by the […]

Bosom Buddies founder retires after three decades of community service

Bosom Buddies founder retires after three decades of community service

After strolling down a pink carpet and perusing a “memory lane” of photos at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks greeted guests at her June 25 retirement party from Bosom Buddies of Jacksonville, a breast cancer support group she founded in 1988. A three-time cancer survivor herself, Hanks was surrounded by current and […]

With children back at school, motorists advised to slow down, be alert

With children back at school, motorists advised to slow down, be alert

On the surface it seems to be an easy job requiring little more than wearing a safety vest, pressing the walk button on a traffic light, and holding up a paddle to stop traffic. But the role of school crossing guard is not for sissies – just ask Patricia Bridgeman. The longtime San Marco resident […]

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