Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Public given means to participate in City-County Charter revisions

What is the Charter Revision Commission and why should citizens be concerned about it? For those whose memory stretches back 50 years, the consolidation of the City of Jacksonville and Duval County in 1968 meant a centralized government would end duplication of urban services, such as fire and rescue, increase efficiency, provide political access for […]

Site of former public elementary school planned for new charter school

Site of former public elementary school planned for new charter school

In a few years, the sound of children laughing and playing may again be heard in Mixon Town, where the former Forest Park Elementary School was once “surrounded by a City incinerator on the East, a polluted creek on the North, and a meat and poultry (abattoir) company on the West,” according to documents from […]

Highway construction projects chugging along

Highway construction projects chugging along

While it may seem as though I-10 and I-95 are forever under construction, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The $126 million project, which began in March 2017, is slated for completion in late 2020. According to Daryl Goss, Community Outreach Specialist for the Department of Transportation, the overall project is at […]

Freed to Run adds powerhouse proponents, community co-chairs

Freed to Run adds powerhouse proponents, community co-chairs

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s largest fundraiser, Freed to Run, will get a boost this year from three newly-appointed co-chairs of the event: Darnell Smith, Florida Blue’s market president for North Florida; Eric Krall, mortgage sales manager with Community First Credit Union; and Ryan M. Ludwick, an attorney with Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball. The trio […]

Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Emerald Trail Co-Champions, Major Donors and Challenge Grant

Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Emerald Trail  Co-Champions, Major Donors and Challenge Grant

Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) announced significant progress toward building the Emerald Trail within the next 10 years during a news conference at City Hall on Aug. 26, including new corporate ambassadors, major donors and a check presentation to Mayor Lenny Curry for the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project.  “The Emerald Trail must be a […]

Proposed storage facility approved for Murray Hill location

Proposed storage facility approved for Murray Hill location

Not surprisingly, City of Jacksonville Zoning Administrator Sean Kelly approved an application seeking administrative deviations for a self-storage facility in Murray Hill.  It’s not surprising the project proposed by the Silverfield Group on the site of the former Jones College at Edgewood Avenue and Plymouth Street would be approved because two of the three deviations […]

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 […]

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