Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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

City bond sale generates record $245 million for capital improvements

The City of Jacksonville recently sold $245 million worth of municipal bonds at an average interest rate of 2.22%, a new record for the City, Mayor Lenny Curry’s office announced Aug. 21. Within this bond issue, the City was also able to save taxpayers more than $25 million by refinancing higher rate bonds at substantially […]

City Council approves zoning for Riverside Village

City Council approves zoning for Riverside Village

The Jacksonville City Council approved the rezoning of four parcels on Riverside Avenue near Memorial Park that will allow the development of Riverside Village, with two restaurants and several residential units. The property, owned by Dr. Frank Schiavone, was rezoned as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to allow for a liquor license for one of […]

Post Street brewery approved by City Council

The Post-Modern Brewery project was approved last month by the City Council and final plans are being drawn up to renovate the long-vacant building into a craft brewery.  Home brewers Andrew Suslak and Brandon Merkle, owners of the property at 2951 Post Street, hope to open the brewery and taproom next spring.  The 1,400-square-foot building, […]

Deadline nears for developers to determine future of The District

San Marco’s Peter Rummell and Michael Munz, partners in Elements Development, have until Sept. 30 to make a decision about the future of their 30-acre Southbank project The District.  First unveiled in 2014, The District is an ambitious proposal to transform the riverfront land formerly occupied by JEA’s Southside Generating Station into a multi-use development […]

Road work commences in 5 Points

Road work commences in 5 Points

A portion of the 5 Points Concept plan, which has been in the pipeline since 2013, is about to become a reality. Residents and business owners in the 5 Points area of Riverside received notice from the City of Jacksonville in late August that road improvements were slated to begin Aug. 31, weather permitting, and […]

Lakewood and Ortega stores to close as Stein Mart files for bankruptcy

Lakewood and Ortega stores to close as Stein Mart files for bankruptcy

After several years of struggling to find its financial footing, Stein Mart, a discount department store whose headquarters is a fixture on Jacksonville’s South Bank, fell victim to the COVID-19, as the pandemic caused it to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 12. Included in the bold move is the company’s plan to permanently […]

A stunning statement of resurrection

A stunning statement of resurrection

Everything is coming up sunflowers now that two local artists have finished the AIDs Memorial mural on the side of the Park Street bridge over Willowbranch canal.  Keith Doles and his assistant, Zac Freeman, both artists with workshops in the Cork Studios, painted the bright, cheery mural on the historic bridge in late August. “We’re […]

Alumni forms committee to save name of Robert E. Lee High

Alumni forms committee to save name of Robert E. Lee High

What’s in a name? Quite a bit. Just ask the alumni of Robert E. Lee High School.  Built in 1927 to meet the needs of a growing city, Lee High School in Riverside joined Andrew Jackson High and Julia E. Landon High as three Jacksonville high schools constructed the same year to replace Duval High […]