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Should Downtown Jacksonville allow self-storage buildings?

A view of Downtown Jacksonville from Friendship Fountain.
Bill Bortzfield
A view of Downtown Jacksonville from Friendship Fountain.

After shutting the door on new self-storage buildings in most of downtown three years ago, the city of Jacksonville is on the verge of unlocking that ban at the behest of a company that wants to construct a storage building on the downtown Southbank a few blocks from San Marco.

The proposed change in the document known as the downtown overlay has drawn opposition from City Council member LeAnna Cumber along with nearby residents and business owners.

"My constituents don’t want it," Cumber said. "The businesses don’t want it and if we really want to grow downtown, putting storage units throughout downtown is insane. There is zero cities in this country that has grown by putting storage units throughout downtown."

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.