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Baptist Convention buildings razed, plans in the works

Baptist Convention buildings razed, plans in the works

The walls were tumbling down at the old Florida Baptist Convention Center site at 1230 Hendricks Ave. in late February as developers made way to build more residential apartments and retail space in the South Jacksonville area. In June 2017, Florida Baptist Convention Inc. sold the property to Chadbourne II LLC for $6.15 million, according […]

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

San Marco’s parking problem may be solved. Thanks to the efforts of Robert Harris, former president of the San Marco Merchants Association, and others, Beachside Buggies, the same free-ride transportation service that successfully serves the Jacksonville Beaches, will be expanding its micro-transit facilities to San Marco.  The transportation company is branded at the Beach as […]

Medical aches, pains may soon be eased through marijuana retailer

Medical aches, pains may soon be eased through marijuana retailer

A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to a location in the historic 5 Points area. An application was filed in December 2018 with the City of Jacksonville’s Planning and Development Department for modifications to the former Fans & Stove Antiques Mall building at 1059 Park St. Many residents in the Riverside/Avondale area also know […]

Lane expansion project on Fuller Warren Bridge on time

Lane expansion project on Fuller Warren Bridge on time

Despite Hurricane Irma’s best efforts in 2017 to disrupt construction on the Fuller Warren Bridge expansion project, Archer Western Construction is a “little over halfway,” according to Daryl Goss, Florida Department of Transportation public information officer. “They expect to be complete late in the fall of 2020,” he said.  The expansion, which includes a shared-use […]

City plans to close two railroad crossings for pedestrian path

City plans to close two railroad crossings for pedestrian path

City officials came one step closer to realizing their dream of building a multi-use path encircling North San Marco when the Florida Department of Transportation held a two-hour public meeting to discuss construction of a new pedestrian railroad crossing as well as closing two vehicular railroad crossings in San Marco. The meeting was held in […]

Artistic ‘outdoor living room’ coming to San Marco

Artistic ‘outdoor living room’ coming to San Marco

Down by the train tracks on Hendricks Avenue, near historic South Jacksonville City Hall, Tiffany Ash wants to create a sort of “artistic outdoor living room,” on property that includes two of the neighborhood’s historic landmarks, San Marco Train Station and Union Hall. Ash, who is business manager for AshCo, a family-owned design and development […]

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 […]