Neighborhood News

All the latest news from the neighborhoods in our coverage areas.

Proposed Shoppes of Avondale parking study awaits city action: Parking analysis service could cost city $60K

By Steve DiMattia It could cost the City of Jacksonville $60,000 to conduct a parking study in the Shoppes of Avondale according to a Scope of Services for Parking Analysis prepared by local planning and engineering firm Ghyabi & Associates. The scope is dated May 24 and was delivered to the Planning and Development Department […]

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

By Susanna P. Barton   As the last phases of the San Marco Boulevard road project take shape, District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association representatives have been investigating how long term improvements to square traffic can be implemented while streetscape construction is still underway. Doug […]

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 to bring nearly 65 people onboard, according to spokesman, Allan DeVault. The company is hiring for all positions but does […]

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. Mellow Mushroom in Avondale was going to, but decided against it. Without it, San Marco Station may have taken a […]

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 groups have been ongoing, according to We Love Avondale founder and Avondale resident Tommy Donahoo. A mid-July meeting, in fact, […]

Retail rumblings

New activity abounds on the local restaurant, bar and retail scene. The Resident has been sniffing out some of these mouthwatering, yet unconfirmed projects. If you know of something that’s in the works or on the drawing board, let us know! Send your whispers to [email protected] In 5 Points there is talk of turning the […]

A+ retirement celebration for West Riverside teacher

Family, friends and faculty gathered at West Riverside Elementary School last month to celebrate the retirement of Meta Parkinson. Parkinson began as a student at West Riverside and pursued many paths before returning to her alma mater to teach for more than 10 years at the school. The surprise retirement party featured tributes to the […]

City approves field improvements at Ringhaver

By Susanna P. Barton   It’s lights, soccer, action at Ringhaver Park’s soccer fields now that the Jacksonville City Council approved more than $188,000 for new lighting and electrical improvements. The council sealed another 10-year license agreement between the city and the Westside Soccer Club for use and management of soccer programming at Ringhaver Park. […]