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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 […]

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 […]