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Running Uphill – Local Real Estate market exhibits slow but steady improvements

Running Uphill – Local Real Estate market exhibits slow but steady improvements

by Laura Jane Pittman  – Resident Community News – July statistics released by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) showed some encouraging numbers. Pending sales across the First Coast were up more than 32 percent from this time last year, and the inventory of homes for sale has dropped 30 percent in a year-to-year […]

Let’s get it started: 220 Riverside ready to sprout

Let’s get it started: 220 Riverside ready to sprout

  By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – Local developer Hallmark Partners plans to begin construction on the 294-unit 220 Riverside in early October. The development will be one of the biggest mixed-use projects to be built in the neighborhood in recent years — and one of the first in a post-recession climate. […]

Shoppes of Avondale parking study in neutral

Shoppes of Avondale parking study in neutral

RAP wants scope to include larger area in Historic District –  By Steve DiMattia – Resident Community News – The meter is still running on a parking study for the historic districts. As reported last month, a Scope of Services for Parking Analysis for the Shoppes of Avondale was prepared by Ghyabi & Associates on […]

Burning question – will Fire Station 14 house rescue unit or engine crew?

Burning question – will Fire Station 14 house rescue unit or engine crew?

  By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – More than 150 concerned residents, business owners and firefighters crowded the auditorium at FSCJ Kent Campus for a town hall meeting last month hosted by District 14 City Councilman Jim Love and Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt. At issue is a potential asset re-allocation at Avondale’s […]

A century of Eagle Scouts: Scouting leaders have trong legacy in Historic District

A century of Eagle Scouts: Scouting leaders have trong legacy in Historic District

By Steve DiMattia – Resident Community News – Eagle Scout Riley Sapora was standing on a mountain summit in Costa Rica with a group of fellow students when suddenly one member fell over a ledge, slipping 10 feet into a crevice where his leg got stuck. Everyone froze. Except Sapora. He climbed down and the […]

Mobility fees: Moratorium ordinance up for review this fall

By Steve DiMattia   While City Council member Jim Love’s proposed moratorium restricting certain types of development has been a hotly debated topic in Riverside/Avondale, there is another moratorium that has been in effect for almost a year that has had a much further-reaching impact on both sides of the river. “Right now, Love’s moratorium […]

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

By Susanna P. Barton   As the last phases of the San Marco Boulevard road project take shape, District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association representatives have been investigating how long term improvements to square traffic can be implemented while streetscape construction is still underway. Doug […]

Restaurant serving up economic development

Restaurant serving up economic development

By Susanna P. Barton   One of the neighborhood’s biggest new job-makers is Black Sheep Restaurant, the primary tenant in 5 Points’ nearly complete 1534 Oak Street multi-use building. The business has begun hiring process to bring nearly 65 people onboard, according to spokesman, Allan DeVault. The company is hiring for all positions but does […]