Neighborhood News

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

Reed, South Shores residents still waiting for FEMA appraisals

Reed, South Shores residents still waiting for FEMA appraisals

It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Irma wreaked devastation to the Reed Subdivision and South Shores neighborhoods, and, so far, all Chris Duguid has heard is “crickets.” “We are planning on selling our home to the City of Jacksonville using FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding,” said Duguid, a South Shores Road resident. “We […]

Despite pending JEA privatization discussion, new headquarters still a go

Despite pending JEA privatization discussion, new headquarters still a go

“All systems are a go,” for Ryan Companies when it comes to building a new headquarters for the Jacksonville Electric Authority, according to Kathy Jalivay, a spokesperson for the Minnesota-based firm. Even amidst talk of possibly rewriting the public utility’s charter, slashing JEA’s workforce by 29%, abandoning plans for the new headquarters, and having the […]

Murray Hill workforce housing zoning exceptions approved

Murray Hill workforce housing zoning exceptions approved

Despite staunch objections from Murray Hill residents, the Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning exceptions at their Aug. 22 meeting that will allow TVC Development Inc., a subsidiary of Jacksonville-based developer Vestcor, to proceed with its plan to build workforce housing on the Bank of America property at 840 Edgewood Ave. S. The exceptions include a […]

Safety measures coming to Palmer Terrace park

Safety measures coming to Palmer Terrace park

It’s no secret that mischief makers and other unsavory characters often frequent the pocket park on Palmer Terrace. To rectify the situation, board members of St. Nicholas Area Preservation (SNAP) met with city officials in June to see what safety measures could be done to allow residents to better enjoy the tiny waterfront parcel at […]

FDOT to plant native greenery along Hart Expressway

FDOT to plant native greenery along Hart Expressway

Conceptual plans for the Hart Expressway landscaping project received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who attended the Florida Department of Trans-portation’s (FDOT) July 18 public meeting at the Northeast Florida Safety Council.  Members of the project and design teams were on hand to answer questions and take feedback on the estimated $1 million project, […]

Churches work together to save historic preschool

Churches work together  to save historic preschool

Thanks to the generosity of a neighboring church, a historic San Marco preschool has been saved from the wrecking ball. South Jacksonville Presbyterian Preschool, which has served at least three generations of San Marco area children over 70 years, is moving to Southside Baptist Church. The preschool building, currently on the campus of South Jacksonville […]

Mixed-use development proposed for Bank of America property

Mixed-use development proposed for Bank of America property

The property owner of 840 Edgewood Ave. S. has applied for a zoning exception to allow TVC Development Inc., a subsidiary of Jacksonville-based developer Vestcor, to develop a mixed-use project at the site of a 63-year-old building that previously housed a Bank of America branch and a few other tenants. The application, filed July 11 […]

Hair salon approved for repurposing as animal hospital

Hair salon approved for repurposing as animal hospital

For almost 30 years the Craftsman Style bungalow at 1502 Dancy Street was a favorite place for women to get their coiffures done and to socialize.  Built 1924 on the corner of Park and Dancy, the one-story, 1,200-square-foot converted residence was the home of Tania’s Hair Studio. A victim of domestic violence in July 2016, […]