Neighborhood News

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

Murray Hill rising, thanks to young homeowners, new businesses

An electric energy has edged out the lull that long defined Murray Hill, and residents and merchants alike are enthusiastic about the changes that have emerged. Young families and professionals have moved into the area, multiple new businesses have opened, and property values are on the rise, making the neighborhood a desirable alternative to its […]

City says Lakeside bridge replacement to begin this summer

City says Lakeside bridge replacement to begin this summer

The annual crop of colorful utility flags has sprung up again along Lakeside Drive between Herschel Street and Wabash Avenue. Like tulips heralding spring, those flags are alerting residents and passers-by of the start of the combined Lakeside Bridge replacement and the Lakeside sidewalk projects. The bridge project has been on the City of Jacksonville’s […]

Fishweir Creek restoration project moving along in survey, design phase

The Army Corps of Engineers has been moving along with initial design and survey steps for the proposed aquatic habitat ecosystem restoration project on Fishweir Creek.  Since meeting with residents on both sides of the creek – in Fairfax Manor and the Arden neighborhood – in late September 2018, the Corps has completed its topographic […]

San Marco garden tour wows visitors

San Marco garden tour wows visitors

Flowering plant lovers had a treat when The Garden Conservancy, in partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, sponsored tours of the lush landscaping at four San Marco area riverfront homes March 30. Included in the tour was cultivated foliage outside of the neighboring Thomas and McCalla homes in Granada and the Hardington […]

Greenscape gives away trees to keep Jacksonville green, beautiful

Greenscape gives away trees to keep Jacksonville green, beautiful

Greenscape of Jacksonville held its third annual Arbor Day Festival and Greenscape Tree Giveaway April 6 at Jessie Ball duPont Park under the Treaty Oak. The family-focused fundraising event recognized Jacksonville’s official Arbor Day. It was sponsored by Live Oak Contracting, JEA and International Papers. Activities included children’s arts and crafts and educational talks on […]

Ortega River Club holds mortgage burning ceremony

Ortega River Club holds mortgage burning ceremony

The Ortega River Club, the second oldest private club in Jacksonville after the Florida Yacht Club, has nearly as many names as a cat has lives. Under its current identity, members celebrated a mortgage burning April 14 at the club on 4165 Lakeside Drive. Originally organized as the Germania Club in 1903, the certificate of […]

New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists

New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, now Ascension St. Vincent’s, took another great step in fighting lung disease by opening the St. Vincent’s Lung Institute. A dedication and an open house were held March 28 in the Betsy Lovett Center in the Dillon Building on Shircliff Way. The Lung, Sleep and Critical Care Center at St. Vincent’s originally […]

Failing selection by JEA, Balanky considers Plan B for his Kings Avenue property

Failing selection by JEA, Balanky considers Plan B for his Kings Avenue property

When the Jacksonville Energy Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Ryan Companies’ plan to build its new headquarters at Block 48, land currently owned by the City of Jacksonville at 325 W. Adams St., Southbank resident and Chase Properties CEO Mike Balanky knew it was time to start thinking about a Plan B for his […]