Town & Country Shopping Center In Arlington Sold To JWB Real Estate Companies

Aug 19, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record and Google

Arlington’s first retail plaza sold Thursday to JWB Real Estate Companies LLC, which paid almost $5.08 million for the Town & Country Shopping Center at northeast University Boulevard and Arlington Expressway.

$1 Million Proposed In Curry Budget For Historic Norman Studios

Jul 29, 2019
Florida Times-Union file photo

One million dollars has been set aside in the proposed city budget to renovate the only remaining piece of Jacksonville’s once-busy silent film-making past so its silver screen history can be opened for regular public visits.

Business Brief: City’s Plan To Reduce Blight In Arlington Includes ‘Facade Grants’

Jun 7, 2019
Killingsworth talks in front of map inside church
Jacksonville Daily Record

Arlington businesses could freshen their facades with help from the city if they qualify in the proposed zoning overlay.

Those in the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area could apply for up to $20,000 if they invest $10,000 to comply with the overlay’s new designs standards.

couple by swimming pool
Metro Jacksonville

That run-down Bethelite property along the Arlington Expressway hasn’t been much to look at.

Jimmy Delaney/WJCT News and Robert Fisher/State Archives of Florida

Arlington has a reputation that does not reflect the actual atmosphere and reality of the neighborhood. That’s what residents told WJCT at our “Beyond the Core” listening session in March at Jacksonville University.

The Daily Record

Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington will take on a new look after part of it is demolished at University Boulevard and the Arlington Expressway and another part is leased to a church.

Serena Summerfield / WJCT News

Updated 1/30/17 at 4:08 p.m.

An Arlington resident witnessed a speeding SUV plow into his neighbor’s yard a couple weeks ago. It slammed into the parked cars and missed the neighbor by a few feet.


Tim Pearson was outside when a black Tahoe hurled into his neighbor’s cars. He had come outside to see his neighbor walking around in the garden. Seconds later, there was a loud crashing sound.



Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Norman Studios, an old silent film studio in Arlington, has been named a national landmark by the National Park Service.

It’s the second ever to be designated in Jacksonville and one of about 2,500 in the nation.

JU Charter Day of Service

Jacksonville University is gearing up to commemorate its Charter Day this Friday.

The school celebrates it as a day of service with hundreds of students, faculty staff and alumni fanning out across Arlington to help more than a dozen nonprofits with a whole range of projects.

And it’s part of the neighborhood’s Renew Arlington turnaround effort as well.

church exterior
Impact Church via YouTube

A former Regency Square Mall department store will soon become a church. Arlington’s Impact Church is moving into the mall that’s lost many tenants in recent years.

The 200,000-square-foot space used to belong to Belk department store. According to a news release from Impact Church, the space will continue functioning as a pass-through from the east side of the mall to the west side.

The church, which has a 70,000-square-foot facility on Lone Star Road, aims to relocate to the larger space by the beginning of 2018.


Arlington is in store for a total makeover now that the Jacksonville City Council has approved a redevelopment and renewal plan for the area.

The 70-plus page plan addresses issues like walkability, infrastructure and public safety. Councilman John Crescimbeni says he remembers Arlington at a different time.

Jacksonville University is making new efforts to help Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood, including a community development program and a Charter Day of Service. We speak with Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and Brigadier General (Retired) Michael Fleming, JU's Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer.


Employees of the Olive Garden restaurant in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood still aren’t sure when they will get back to work after a fire ripped through the building Monday morning.

Arlington Man Arrested In Westside Love Triangle Shooting

Aug 2, 2013
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

A love triangle gone wrong left one Jacksonville man dead and another behind bars Thursday.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a woman called police twice on Thursday first to report that her husband had slapped her— and again to report that he had killed her boss with whom she was having an affair.

JSO Lt. Rob Schoonover says they arrested the woman’s husband, 30-year-old Jason Franklin late Friday night at the couple's Arlington home.

What should be done with the distressed Regency Mall property in Arlington?

With a 60% occupancy rate, and parts of the mall nearly a ghost town, there's no shortage of ideas.

As city officials and developers meet to discuss future options for the property, callers to First Coast Connect this morning had plenty of thoughts of their own.  Here are a few: