Neighborhood News

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

JCCI leaving Atlantic Boulevard for new location after 15 years

New space at WJCT centrally located for its purpose Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) will be moving its headquarters to WJCT Studios at 100 Festival Park Avenue by December. Space at its 2434 Atlantic Blvd. location, where the council has been for the past 15 years, is inadequate for the increasing number of large community […]

Bright new caution signs bring mixed emotions

Safety trumps historic design By Lara Patangan Resident Community News When Telfair Stockton and Company laid out plans to build the San Marco Shopping Center in the 1920s fluorescent yellow pedestrian crossing signs were not the norm, however, due to recent renovations San Marco Square now has some 21st century glow. While some people have […]

Outlook bright for condo ownership in older neighborhoods

By Lorrie DeFrank Resident Community News High demand for and low inventory of condominiums in Jacksonville’s Historic Districts and older neighborhoods seem to be strong indicators of an economic upturn. The current bright status of the condo market contrasts the gloom of just a few years ago when prices plummeted, homeowners associations struggled with deficits, […]

To be or not to be (a historic district)?

Historic designation can be tough sell By Nancy Lee Bethea Resident Community News With three official historic districts in Jacksonville – Riverside/Avondale, Springfield and St. Johns Quarter – the past is being preserved for future generations. Springfield, with more than 1,000 buildings over 50 years of age, gained the historic district distinction in 1992. St. […]

Public forum offers chance for input on traffic flow, pedestrian safety

Any and all comments requested by consultant By Stephen Kindland Resident Community News Residents in Riverside, Avondale and surrounding neighborhoods have a chance to provide input on traffic flow and parking space in the Five Points business district when a public forum is held later this month. Stephen Tocknell of Tocknell Planning Services and members […]

Getting around in the neighborhood

Riverside Avondale Trolley Night Sept. 14, 6 p.m. to midnight The Riverside Avondale Night Trolley event, sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation, neighborhood restaurants, bars and others, is an initiative to show the Jacksonville Transportation Authority that a trolley service at night would be successfully utilized in the neighborhood. Residents are invited to see that clean, […]

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 […]