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New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

Demolition was concluding Wednesday morning in the Shoppes of Avondale in preparation for a 7,000-plus square foot combination coffee shop, wine bar, market and art gallery. Southern Grounds & Co will include 187 seats and has been the focus of both excitement– it will replace vacant storefronts —  and apprehension as its footprint is larger than […]

Lot J project inches forward

Lot J project inches forward

A half-billion-dollar project that will transform a parking lot in the downtown sports complex area into a soaring mixed-use development is getting some traction this first quarter. The demolition of the Hart Bridge offramps is set to begin sometime soon, and the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) has given the go-ahead for soil and water testing. […]

Home prices rise

Home prices rise

Real estate in high demand throughout Historic Districts Real estate professionals in Jacksonville’s Historic Districts are optimistic about this new year because they know their neighborhoods are among the most desirable in Northeast Florida. The neighborhoods’ enticing blend of history, charm, architecture and sense of community ensures a steady market and lively interest. While low […]

Abandoned vessels removed from Ortega River

Abandoned vessels removed from Ortega River

Homeowners along the Ortega River can start the year with a fresh slate – and a fresh vista. City of Jacksonville employees had removed a houseboat, a derelict boat and a floating structure from the Ortega River by the second week of December and were moving forward with removing a fourth on the south side […]

Developer works on architectural changes amidst opposition to church development

Developer works on architectural changes amidst opposition to church development

Opposition to the effort by church elders to rezone property owned by South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church into a Planned Unit Development (PUD) is heating up as leaders of the neighborhood group Right Size San Marco aim to work with Doug Skiles, project engineer for the development team, the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) and independent […]

Local leaders oppose J-1 bill

Local leaders oppose J-1 bill

It’s the time of year for new resolutions, but some City Council members are thinking back to past resolutions and what they might mean for voters and the local school district this coming November. Last year, At-Large, Group 4 Councilman Matt Carlucci of San Marco introduced a resolution to the City Council that opposed a […]

Developer plans to move forward with Laura Street Trio

Developer plans to move forward with Laura Street Trio

After the successful rehabilitation and build-out of the historic National Barnett Bank Building, Steve Atkins of the Southeast Group says he is focusing next on what area preservationists have described as the most endangered historical buildings in Jacksonville. The three buildings known as the Laura Street Trio are the Florida National Bank Building, the Bisbee […]

Historic fire station on path to demolition

Historic fire station  on path to demolition

Brooklyn’s old Fire Station 5, with its dun-colored bricks, red bay doors and more than a century of history, is in danger of being demolished if someone doesn’t step up to move and preserve the building. The station was constructed less than a decade after the great fire razed the city in 1901, right on […]

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