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Developers aim to make a place of ‘ambience, fiber and essence’

Developers aim to make a place of ‘ambience, fiber and essence’

The District – Life Well Lived developer Peter Rummell has said it many times: “You can’t be a suburb of nowhere, and Jacksonville’s downtown is now nowhere. We’ve got to make it a place with ambience, fiber and essence so it can have a personality.” Perhaps no one agrees more with Rummell than the Downtown […]

Navy changes course on plan for USS Adams in Jacksonville

Navy changes course on plan for USS Adams in Jacksonville

It has been more than 10 years since the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) conceived the idea of bringing a retired Navy warship to Jacksonville to be used as a floating museum, but after a decade of spending money and exerting effort, the JHNSA announced in December that the vessel will not be berthed […]

Proposed Downtown Overlay to bring clarity and consistency to developers

Proposed Downtown Overlay to bring clarity and consistency to developers

If District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer has her way, it won’t just be new development on the North and Southbank that will change the face and feel of Downtown Jacksonville in the years ahead. For more than a year, Boyer has been coordinating with the Downtown Investment Authority, architects, developers and NAIOP, a commercial […]

District 14 City Council candidates share thoughts at public forums

District 14 City Council candidates share thoughts at public forums

One of the most exciting electoral races this spring will be the one for the District 14 City Council seat being sought by five candidates. The incumbent, Jim Love, has served two four-year consecutive terms and, by ordinance, is ineligible to run for a third consecutive term.  The candidates who qualified by obtaining the requisite […]

City Council adopts North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan

City Council adopts North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan

With unanimous support of the City Council’s Land Use and Zoning Committee, the City Planning and Development Department, the San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco community at large, the Jacksonville City Council approved Ordinance 2018-264, a North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan, on Dec. 11 by a vote of 19-0. The North San […]

Downtown Dwellers to raise money for Southbank mural

Downtown Dwellers to raise money for Southbank mural

The idea to spruce up the “Little Gray House” came when Peninsula residents Sandra Fradd and Susan Strauss took a stroll on the Southbank Riverwalk last spring. Fradd and Strauss, both organizers of The Downtown Dwellers, took a hard look at the small gray public restroom that also houses an office for the Southbank’s private […]

City to clean up Linden Avenue dump site

City to clean up Linden Avenue dump site

The Millers Creek Eco-Restoration project is not the only ecological clean-up operation going on in St. Nicholas. Very soon the City of Jacksonville plans to commence with a Remedial Action Plan to remove contaminated soils from an old dump site in the 1600 block of Linden Avenue. Located on 1.24 acres of land at the […]

Working together to preserve neighborhood histories for the future

Working together to preserve neighborhood histories for the future

As many Jacksonville neighborhoods continue to grow and change, there are some communities that strive to protect their rich histories – embracing the future while preserving the past. Although each of the communities is distinctively different, they share the common goal of preservation, planning, and sustainability.  Through the creation of Jacksonville Urban Neighborhood Coalition (JUNC), […]