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POW/MIA memorial gets new name, bill introduced to Congress

POW/MIA memorial gets new name, bill introduced to Congress

The POW/MIA memorial complex at Cecil Commerce Center is a big step closer to a sought-after national historic designation that could help net funding for further development. It also has a new name: The National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum. Retired Navy Capt. Robert “Bob” Buehn said that U.S. Reps. John Rutherford and Al Lawson introduced […]

Budget approved for 5 Points Concept Plan

Budget approved for  5 Points Concept Plan

The 5 Points Concept Plan, in the pipeline since 2013, is about to become a reality.  Bill number 2019-0505, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) bill that contains provisions for the 5 Points improvements, was unanimously passed by City Council Sept. 24 and work is slated to begin in January.  District 14 Councilwoman Randy DeFoor, with […]

Sleiman Enterprises acquires historic building in San Marco Square

Sleiman Enterprises acquires historic building in San Marco Square

The first commercial building ever constructed in San Marco Square has been sold.  Built in 1926, The San Marco Building at 1974 San Marco Blvd., affectionately known to residents as San Marco One, and two smaller adjacent buildings – 1980 San Marco Blvd. home of Starbucks Coffee and 1972 San Marco Blvd., home of Beau […]

Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Emerald Trail Co-Champions, Major Donors and Challenge Grant

Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Emerald Trail  Co-Champions, Major Donors and Challenge Grant

Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) announced significant progress toward building the Emerald Trail within the next 10 years during a news conference at City Hall on Aug. 26, including new corporate ambassadors, major donors and a check presentation to Mayor Lenny Curry for the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project.  “The Emerald Trail must be a […]

Proposed storage facility approved for Murray Hill location

Proposed storage facility approved for Murray Hill location

Not surprisingly, City of Jacksonville Zoning Administrator Sean Kelly approved an application seeking administrative deviations for a self-storage facility in Murray Hill.  It’s not surprising the project proposed by the Silverfield Group on the site of the former Jones College at Edgewood Avenue and Plymouth Street would be approved because two of the three deviations […]

Reed, South Shores residents still waiting for FEMA appraisals

Reed, South Shores residents still waiting for FEMA appraisals

It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Irma wreaked devastation to the Reed Subdivision and South Shores neighborhoods, and, so far, all Chris Duguid has heard is “crickets.” “We are planning on selling our home to the City of Jacksonville using FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding,” said Duguid, a South Shores Road resident. “We […]

Despite pending JEA privatization discussion, new headquarters still a go

Despite pending JEA privatization discussion, new headquarters still a go

“All systems are a go,” for Ryan Companies when it comes to building a new headquarters for the Jacksonville Electric Authority, according to Kathy Jalivay, a spokesperson for the Minnesota-based firm. Even amidst talk of possibly rewriting the public utility’s charter, slashing JEA’s workforce by 29%, abandoning plans for the new headquarters, and having the […]

Murray Hill workforce housing zoning exceptions approved

Murray Hill workforce housing zoning exceptions approved

Despite staunch objections from Murray Hill residents, the Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning exceptions at their Aug. 22 meeting that will allow TVC Development Inc., a subsidiary of Jacksonville-based developer Vestcor, to proceed with its plan to build workforce housing on the Bank of America property at 840 Edgewood Ave. S. The exceptions include a […]