Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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

Parks committee goal: Get every park a ‘friends’ group

Community members, park advocates and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) members are teaming up to elevate public parks and green spaces throughout Riverside and Avondale.  Some parks, such as Boone Park South and Memorial Park in Five Points, already have ‘Friends’ groups that lovingly care for, clean up and reforest them, while many other parks – […]

Nonprofits face uncertain future due to COVID-19

A “Wild West” kind of climate has affected many businesses since the Coronavirus descended in March, but perhaps no other group has been as heavily impacted as Jacksonville’s nonprofit sector. Many of Jacksonville’s charitable organizations were holding their own until COVID-19 hit, leaving the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville’s vital support system for the […]

Stimulus bills offer monetary relief to struggling businesses, nonprofits

Sensitive to the plight of small businesses, many of which have struggled to survive since the Coronavirus pandemic descended in March, Jacksonville City Council members voted unanimously May 26 to offer a financial lifeline to help kickstart their endeavors to reopen. The bill, which was introduced by District 5 Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber of San Marco […]

Former Roosevelt Square taking shape as Ortega Park

Former Roosevelt Square taking shape as Ortega Park

Builders are tirelessly working on renovation and construction at Ortega Park, the former Roosevelt Square retail center that contains a Publix, Stein Mart, Ulta Beauty, and other stores.   Publix, which anchors the center, is also near the end of a $930,000 interior renovation project.  Dwaine Stevens, director of community relations for Publix supermarkets, said […]

Oak Street repaving project to include bike lanes, eliminate parking

Oak Street repaving project to include bike lanes, eliminate parking

The City of Jacksonville will begin repaving Oak Street this summer, and residents and business owners are helping shape what the area will look like after the project is done. Right now, City officials are considering reducing the size of the lanes of traffic and adding bike lanes after the paving is done between Margaret […]

Construction rolls along despite pandemic

Construction rolls along despite pandemic

One of the few silver linings of widespread COVID-19 closures is that when fewer people are on the road it makes it easier to complete construction projects, such as the build out of Southern Grounds, a coffee restaurant planned for the Shoppes of Avondale, and other City projects long in the works for the area.  […]

High school students to benefit from new scholarship program

High School 9:12 is pleased to announce its partnership with LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville-based multifamily construction company, to launch the LandSouth Construction Scholarship Program, providing scholarships for Jacksonville area students.  The LandSouth Construction Scholarship Program will award multiple $2,500 scholarships each year. Eligible students must demonstrate classroom and academic excellence, community service, and leadership qualities. […]

First Coast Home Pros makes and donates face shields to UF

First Coast Home Pros makes and donates face shields to UF

First Coast Home Pros, a full-service specialized home services company, has put its employees to work making hundreds of cotton masks for their customers, employees and others in need. It’s a way the company can support its community and also put its employees to work during a time the call for its services is lowered […]