Northwest Jacksonville

Business Brief: $750k In City Funds Could Go To Grocery Store In Food Desert

Oct 25, 2019
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Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council is considering a bill issuing a $750,000 grant to Commonwealth SDC LLC to renovate and reopen a shuttered grocery store in Northwest Jacksonville.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday that may get grocers to move into the city’s Northwest quadrant to curb so-called food deserts.

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Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

District 10 City Council Democratic candidate Celestine Mills is a prosthetic coordinator at One Call Care Management, a workers’ compensation company that helps injured patients get prosthetics.

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With less than a month to go before the May 14 runoff election, WJCT is profiling the candidates in the 5 City Council races.

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More than 200 mostly African-American residents packed a church in Northwest Jacksonville Monday evening to hear from the three mayoral hopefuls vying to unseat Mayor Lenny Curry.

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Council members and their constituents are becoming frustrated with the lack of visible progress being made clean-up of toxic ash in the soil in Jacksonville’s northwest side.

Jacksonville football coaches are coming together to work towards one goal: ending violence in Northwest Jacksonville. More than 20 coaches are leading a free football camp called Stop The Violence scheduled for Sunday, July 16, at Scott Park.

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A grocery co-op is coming to the Northwest side of Jacksonville, in an area known as a food desert. The project is the work of nonprofits that are stepping in where grocery chains don’t want to open.

For 15 years, Paul Tutwiler has been working to improve Northwest Jacksonville. He heads up the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Jessica Palombo spoke with Local Initiatives Support Corporation CEO Janet Owens and Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation CEO Paul Tutwiler about bringing more business development to northwest Jacksonville. We also heard from travel blogger Judy Wells about some places to travel over the holidays. Lea Wells from We Rock The Spectrum told us about her gym that caters to special needs children. We heard an interview Melissa Ross recorded last week with 16 year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho and Duval County Schools Director of Arts Jeff Smith told us about a free arts magnet information meeting and other events Tuesday night at county schools. 

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People in the northwest area of Jacksonville will now have more access to health care.

The Schell-Sweet Community Healthcare Clinic on Edward Waters College campus offers services tailored to its surrounding community.


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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown met for the first time with his new Community Wealth Building Task Force yesterday.

The 15-member team is looking for ways to boost development in Northwest Jacksonville.