Riverside Avondale Preservation

Sears Crescent Model in Jacksonville
Courtesy Wayne Wood

The nonprofit Riverside-Avondale Preservation is spotlighting a set of remarkable buildings in Jacksonville: three build-it-yourself homes you could order from the Sears Catalog - also known as the “Big Book” -  in the early part of the 20th century. 

Jacksonville Arts and Music School student Linnai of House Davis (Music) playing bass guitar.
Elizabeth Brown / Oak Marsh Photography

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will be giving $2,500 grants to six local organizations.

Redevelopment Plan Scrapped For CenterState Bank Property On King Street In Riverside

Dec 28, 2018
exterior of bank
Jacksonville Daily Record

Plans for the redevelopment of the CenterState Bank property at 1232 King St. appear to be delayed.

The Riverside Avondale Preservation newsletter reports the proposed redevelopment plans from the potential purchaser are scrapped.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Love is withdrawing a Riverside zoning bill that caused an uproar last month.

Love said he plans to start a new bill from scratch to clarify and strengthen rules that govern the neighborhood’s historic overlay map.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville social media has been on fire this week with outcry over a Jacksonville City Council proposal dealing with Riverside’s historic overlay — that’s a map showing where types of buildings and activities are allowed to happen.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Jacksonville) announced this week that he will not seek re-election in November.

We discuss the ramifications of this shakeup in Northeast Florida’s political power structure, including what's next for Crenshaw's seat in Congress and who could be stepping up to replace him, with Matt Corrigan, professor of political science at UNF, and A.G. Gancarski, writer for Florida Politics.

RAP Home Tour

Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

A new dog park should be coming soon to Jacksonville’s Riverside Park. Riverside Avondale Preservation is accepting bids for its construction through the end of this month.

Nearby residents are excited the project is finally underway.

Clarence Terry walks his dogs through Riverside Park. He says Angel, Rocky and Taz love it.

Terry said, “Every day I bring my dogs to this park. Matter of fact, I could take them off the leash here because they know the park.”

Michael O'Connell / Nextdoor.com

A proposal to close off public river access in Avondale has residents passionately split. Many spoke at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

For more than two hours, locals debated whether the city should close the St. Johns River access point at the intersection of Richmond Street and Little Van Wert Avenue.

Many, like Don Calcer are in favor of the closure. He says the patch of land is overgrown and dangerous.       

Calcer said, "That easement has been used regularly for drugs, fights, fires, sex, truancy, a latrine [and] gang graffiti."

Saphara Harrell / WJCT News

The nonprofit Riverside Avondale Preservation has made it its mission to maintain and enhance the historic area just south of downtown Jacksonville. Executive Director Carmen Godwin says the group is responsible for one of the largest historic districts in the nation.

“Riverside Avondale Preservation started over 40 years ago because there were demolitions all throughout the historic district, so all these beautiful historic homes were coming down and so they wanted to save them," Godwin said.