Neighborhood News

All the latest news from the neighborhoods in our coverage areas.

St. Paul’s celebrating 90 years in Riverside

There are only five Roman Catholic parishes in the Jacksonville metropolitan area that are older than the 90-year-old St. Paul’s Catholic Church and School at 2609 Park Street. Established in 1922 when Bishop Patrick Barry petitioned the Archdiocese for a new parish, the original building (now the school) was the site of the congregation’s first […]

Luxury condo tower coming to Riverside

Developers of 220 Riverside, Villa Riva plan 16-stories By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Riverside’s real estate revitalization will soon take a surge skyward with the development of a 16-story luxury condominium tower overlooking the St. Johns River at 500 Bishopgate Lane. Bryan Weber, a principal at Jacksonville-based Hallmark Partners – the group behind 220 […]

Riverside/Willowbranch project progress dampened

Contractor feels rain cloud follows him By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Acts of God notwithstanding, residents along Willowbranch and Riverside feel it may take a miracle to complete what has turned into “The NeverEnding Project.” The construction project was originally proposed under Mayor John Peyton’s administration in April 2009. The intent of the […]

Community asked for input on 220 Riverside

Residents offer ideas for retail at Unity Plaza By Stephen Kindland Resident Community News Residents can help determine what businesses will occupy 3,000 square feet of space at 220 Riverside, a progressive, residential high rise under construction along Riverside Avenue in Brooklyn that will include a 1,000-seat outdoor theater. Jen Jones, executive director of Jacksonville […]

JEA arborists caught in a cross-fire – “service vs. esthetics”

Communication, education key for win-win solution By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Often when nature collides – some would say, interferes – with man’s desires, nature is the loser. Every two and a half years in the Historic District, “power” and personal preference come together for a sparring match. In one corner of the […]

San Marco Library, Balis Community Center Saved

San Marco Library, Balis Community Center Saved

As of Thursday, Aug. 29, City Council voted to restore the San Marco Library and Balis Community Center to their department budgets. In an email sent out from the San Marco Preservation Society, Reese Riggle, president, said, “Heartfelt thanks to all of you who took time and thought to compose letters to city council. Your […]

Looking for her forever home

Looking for her forever home

Gracie looking for forever home Fairfax/Ortega residents take in abandoned stray temporarily Late in July, a medium size female dog, appearing to be of a boxer-terrier mix or a lab-terrier mix, was found after seeing dumped behind an office building on Lakeside Drive (at the end of Euclid). After a frustrating month of trying to […]

Urgent: San Marco cornerstones on chopping block

Urgent: San Marco cornerstones on chopping block

The Balis Community Center and the San Marco Library are cornerstones of San Marco, but both are on the chopping block. The community center is targeted for elimination Thursday, Aug.15 in the Finance Committee meeting. The center was built in 2003 with $1 million of private money in a Public/Private Partnership, but the City of […]