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Business Brief: City Fund Expected To Help Arlington Businesses Come Up To Code

Shopping center in Arlington with pawn shop in foreground
Jax Daily Record
The grants would help with upgrades to parking lots, signage and fencing, among other things.

Commercial property owners in Arlington are close to a deal with the city to reimburse all costs associated with compliance with recently adopted zoning rules.

Mike Anania, owner of CAM Automotive at 5921 Arlington Road and president of the Arlington Business Society, said Monday he and other property owners are reviewing draft legislation that would revise the Renew Arlington Zoning Overlay to lift most of its financial impact.

Draft legislation proposed by the city Office of Economic Development and provided by Anania proposes creating a building permitting and administrative deviation process exclusive to existing businesses working toward compliance with the new overlay standards.

District 1 City Council member Joyce Morgan, who represents Arlington, said she intends to file the legislation in early 2020. 

Arlington is one of the city’s earliest suburbs. It developed in the 1950s, after the Mathews Bridge opened over the St. Johns River from Downtown.

Office of Economic Development Director Kirk Wendland said during an Oct. 31 Renew Arlington workshop that the goal is to give existing commercial property owners “a more user-friendly way” of working through the permitting process. 

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