Planning Commission Recommends Approval For 19 New Riverside Homes

Jan 7, 2019

The Jacksonville Planning Commission has recommended approval for 19 new homes proposed on College Street.

Our Jacksonville Daily Record news partner reported on Thursday the commission recommended approval of  Ordinance 2018-826, a small-scale land use amendment, and companion Ordinance 2018-827 to rezone a 1.1-acre Riverside site for a proposed residential subdivision.

JWB Real Estate Capital, led by Alex Sifakis, partnered with Curtis Hart of Hart Resources LLC to develop the community to be named The Courtyard on College.

The applicant seeks to change the land use from community/general commercial to medium density residential and rezone the property from planned unit development to PUD, changing the plan of development.

The proposed project, at 2900 College St., is within the Riverside-Avondale Zoning Overlay and received a certificate of appropriateness from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in 2018.

The COA governs the exterior architectural design of the homes, requiring one- and two-story building elevations.

The community is designed as a “pocket neighborhood,” which is a group of homes clustered around a shared open space. The courtyard is a 19 feet by 360 feet of landscaped shared space between the backs of the homes.

The vacant property was approved in 2008 for a mixed-use development of two three-story buildings with commercial use on the first floor and 12 apartments on the second and third floors of each building. The development was not started.