Land Use and Zoning

Demolition ahead for old Ford Motor Company plant

Demolition ahead for old Ford Motor Company plant

The days of the old Ford Motor Co. factory are numbered and demolition is in its future. Located at 1900 Wambolt Street, the building sits near the Mathews Bridge along the St. Johns River. The factory was designed by renowned industrial architect Albert Kahn. According to the Jacksonville Historical Society (JHS), it is one of […]

Gaffney withdraws downtown self-storage bill

Gaffney withdraws downtown self-storage bill

Last month City Councilman Reggie Gaffney withdrew a bill to bring more self-storage facilities into the downtown overlay district to applause during the July 19 meeting of the council’s Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) Committee and the full city council followed suit seven days later. The acclaim came because the measure was opposed by many […]

Storage facility ordinance losing favor?

Storage facility ordinance losing favor?

Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber was successful on June 14 at stalling a proposed ordinance to bring more self-storage units to downtown neighborhoods. The ordinance, sparking an outpouring of opposition among residents who flooded city council inboxes, would permit mixed-use self-storage facilities by exception within 500 feet of the downtown overlay district. That means developers would be […]

More self-storage facilities downtown sparks opposition

More self-storage facilities downtown sparks opposition

With city planning officials reviewing nearly 900 more apartment units proposed in the city’s downtown districts, an Atlanta company specializing in the development of commercial land for retail and self-storage units sees dollar signs.  More specifically the company is eyeing the Southbank in San Marco. The company’s attorney, Steve Diebenow, told city council members on […]

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

When renowned architect Henry Klutho first platted Ortega in 1909, he most likely didn’t dream its residents would want to alter his design 110 years later. Now there are some in the community who are seeking waivers to divide lots, raze existing houses and build multiple new ones on the smaller lots.  According to information […]