Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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

Local entrepreneur putting handprint on 5 Points

Local entrepreneur putting handprint on 5 Points

Although still working through his due diligence on the property at 1030 Oak Street in 5 Points, entrepreneur Steve Williams has a dream for the spot where Richard’s Sandwich Shoppe served breakfast and lunch since 1980. Richard Abboud, owner of the popular lunch spot, entered into a tentative agreement with Williams in April to sell […]

Willowbranch Creek remediation settlement withdrawn

After more than a year in negotiation with the City of Jacksonville’s Regulatory Compliance Department (RCD), the Public Works Department – another City entity – chose to pay a $36,160 penalty and withdraw from a signed settlement. This agreement would have entered Public Works into a compliance plan with the Jacksonville Energy Authority (JEA) to […]

Artists chosen for Murray Hill murals

Artists chosen for Murray Hill murals

The Murray Hill Preservation Association (MHPA) announced the artists selected for two of four sites for public murals. The first location is a 32- by 16-foot space on the side of Blue Moon Printing and will be painted with a sunflower design by Brenda Kato. The second mural, on the northern wall of the Murray […]

Planning Commission approves application for beer, wine

With no opposition, the Planning Commission approved a zoning exception application April 21 to allow Starbucks Coffee at 4265 Roosevelt Blvd. to add beer and wine to the coffee shop’s beverage menu. The Planning Commission approval, on recommendation by the Planning and Development Department, is the final step in the process to allow Starbucks to […]

Mother Nature plays dominoes with trees in Old Ortega

A ferocious thunderstorm with a three-minute microburst knocked out power lines, snapped giant oaks and scattered limbs, branches and Spanish moss in Old Ortega at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 22. Skipping down a four-block-wide path during the lightening, thunder and blinding rain, the powerful gust felled trees and utility poles like dominoes in Cortez, Columbus […]

Bill introduced to rename portion of Gary Street

Bill introduced to rename portion of Gary Street

New name to honor long-time San Marco business A portion of Gary Street in San Marco is getting a new name. The 911 Emergency Addressing Advisory Committee has determined a segment of Gary Street between Hendricks Avenue and Kings Street should be renamed to differentiate between unconnected segments of the street due to the Overland […]

Dispute between neighbors sparks new proposed zoning legislation

Dispute between neighbors sparks new proposed zoning legislation

A dispute between Miramar neighbors is the impetus behind District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer’s desire to draft new legislation to govern the size and positioning of garages on through lots in Jacksonville. Because there are very few rules addressing through lots – lots that straddle two roads –  in the city zoning regulations, a new […]

Hendricks Avenue development to combine past, present and future

Hendricks Avenue development to combine past, present and future

Expect a convergence of past, present and future when Ed Ashurian (who also goes by Ash) finishes the renovation of his property at 1440 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco. The “past” portion of the project entails the renovation of the 110-year-old JEA Utility Building, which was built when South Jacksonville was a city separate from […]