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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 […]

Brooklyn area booms with residential, retail growth

Brooklyn area booms with residential, retail growth

Scott Riley fondly remembers his time living in the Brooklyn area, located between Five Points to its south and LaVilla and Downtown to the neighborhood’s northeast. About four years ago, he lived in a tiny 600-foot studio apartment in the multi-family complex called 200 Riverside, next to Unity Plaza. It was a place with amazing […]

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.  […]

Connecting By Caring Campaign: A creative look at the Paying it Forward principle

Connecting By Caring Campaign: A creative look at the Paying it Forward principle

It’s no secret the Coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout has thrown everyone for a loop. Many small businesses within Jacksonville’s historic districts are struggling. Unfortunately, a few may not survive.

Mayor to allow gradual opening of nonessential businesses

Mayor to allow gradual opening of nonessential businesses

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is eager to take the next step to get his city “gradually and cautiously” back to work. During a ZOOM press conference April 28, Curry announced that he is amending his executive order to allow Jacksonville’s beaches to be open all day starting on Monday, May 4. He is also repealing […]

Ortega Park construction moving forward

Ortega Park construction moving forward

Work is plowing forward at what was once known as Roosevelt Square. Rebranded as Ortega Park, the square is located at the intersection of San Juan Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard and once housed the Roosevelt Square Mall.  RLH construction is currently working on completing drainage improvements, pavement upgrades and additional traffic round-abouts on the property, […]

Ascension to open vascular center, expects fewer COVID-19 cases

Ascension to open vascular center, expects fewer COVID-19 cases

Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside had two great pieces of news to share in mid-April: The completion and upcoming opening of a brand-new, $55 million center for heart patients, and what hospital officials believe to be a falling off of new Coronavirus infections. Ascension completed construction of its new, $55-million Delores Barr Weaver Heart and Vascular […]