Neighborhood News

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

Nonprofit groups, churches offer local camp experiences for area youth

By Susanna P. Barton Many local churches, nonprofit organizations and community groups are planning summer workshops as an outreach to neighborhood families. With costs that are often far less than for-profit operations, these venues provide fun resources for children in a setting close to home. For the second consecutive summer, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is […]

Avondale organ donor receives ‘angel of hope’ award

By Susanna P. Barton   Avondale resident Terry Dennis received a life honor last month. The Gabriel House of Care at Mayo Clinic gave Dennis its first annual Christopher Mark Gregory Angel of Hope Award for his organ donation advocacy. But Dennis makes one point very clear: While the award is an exhilarating recognition, Dennis […]

Pizza Palace closes Riverside store

By Susanna P. Barton The Pizza Palace on Margaret Street quickly and quietly closed last month following news that a national retailer would be taking over the space. Pizza Palace owner Elias Demetree said he is grateful to the Riverside/Avondale area for supporting his store over the years and is “actively looking” for another neighborhood […]

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 several key Riverside/Avondale retail districts. Those areas include St. Johns Avenue between Talbot and Van Wert avenues and on King […]

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 issues, but we are trying to develop more permanent solutions for the entire historic district,” said Jim Love, Riverside/Avondale District […]

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 educator for 35 years, joined Hendricks as a principal in 2010, said his time with the school has been “a […]

Plans for East San Marco still a work in progress

Plans for East San Marco still a work in progress

By Susanna P. Barton The vacant lots are grassy and green, but that’s about all that’s growing on the high profile San Marco real estate. The property, located at the southeast corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard, has long been touted as East San Marco — a mixed-use development including condominium homes and retail […]

Parking solutions: What can Riverside/Avondale learn from San Marco?

By Steve DiMattia   Riverside/Avondale has been struggling to address its commercial corridors’ parking challenges, but San Marco seems to have found some lasting answers. While here are significant zoning and geographical differences between the two neighborhoods, there could be some solutions to learn from San Marco’s effective parking environment. And at the very least, there […]