Neighborhood News

Big changes coming to Roosevelt Square Mall

Signs have been posted recently at entrances to the Roosevelt Square Mall that indicate residential may be part of the plan. While sources at Dewberry Capital aren’t forthcoming with details at this time, renderings indicate a pedestrian-friendly open-air mall with sidewalk-style vendors, more landscaping and some new buildings on the property. Stay tuned for details […]

Candidates for Florida governor visit local constituents

Two candidates for the office of governor for the state of Florida dropped in on two occasions to visit supporters and potential constituents. Ron DeSantis, an Iraq war veteran and U.S. Representative for Florida’s Sixth District, was honored at a fundraising reception at the San Jose Country Club June 14, where 80 guests came together […]

SNAP appoints officers, committee chairs

SNAP appoints officers, committee chairs

The newly-resurrected St. Nicholas Area Preservation Society (SNAP) got off to a running start June 11 when it appointed new officers and committee chairmen during a meeting at the Mudville Grille. Erik Kaldor agreed to take on the top position of president while Jep and Amy Larkin assented to share the role of vice president. […]

Entrepreneur purchases property to fight blight on Philips Highway

Entrepreneur purchases property to fight blight on Philips Highway

Ever since Bryan Croft moved his business, Holmes Custom, from 1640 San Marco Blvd. to its present location at 2021 St. Augustine Road in 2010, he has dreamed of buying Florida House, an abandoned juvenile residential facility owned by the state, just so he could tear it down and clean up the neighborhood. “From my […]

New neighbors on the Southbank, The District deal almost sealed

The clock is ticking toward closing the deal on what will be the largest development project by acreage and impact to come along for downtown Jacksonville. It is a deal that “is not uncomplicated,” said Michael Munz, a partner in The District—A Life Well Lived, a mixed-use development proposed for the Southbank. Munz and his […]

Townhall meeting raises dredging, high water concerns

When Hurricane Irma flooded Janice Young’s 99-year-old St. Johns Quarter home last fall, causing her to retreat to the second floor, it was a scary experience she never wants to occur again. “It stopped my business, it stopped my life,” she said. “Is it going happen again? I want the city to do its part […]

City combines bids on Lakeside Drive bridge, sidewalk projects

City combines bids on Lakeside Drive bridge, sidewalk projects

Motorists concerned about the condition of the bridge on Lakeside Drive at Wabash Street near VyStar Credit Union have longer to wait until it’s replaced. Two Public Works projects on Lakeside Drive behind the Roosevelt Square Mall have been combined to be re-bid in the same bid package. The Lakeside Drive Bridge plans and specifications […]

Post-war Ortega Forest community fighting drainage issues

Post-war Ortega Forest community fighting drainage issues

Ortega Forest resident Carolyn Snowden has a quarrel with the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Energy Authority (JEA) over a swampy right-of-way in front of her home on Homestead Road. Snowden and her family have lived in the home for 10 years, and she says, “Enough is enough.” Many of the houses on Homestead […]

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