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Avondale merchants to celebrate Town Center project completion

  City Council member Michael Corrigan will join members of the Avondale Merchants Association (AMA), JEA, the City of Jacksonville’s Housing & Neighborhoods and Public Works divisions, and J.B. Coxwell Contractors to commemorate the completion of the $1.3 million Avondale town center enhancement project.

The celebration will take place at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at the corner intersection of Ingleside Ave. and St. Johns Ave. in historic Avondale. (Streets will be closed for the Christmas in Avondale event.)

The project elements improved during this project include:

• Eliminating overhead wires along St. Johns Ave.,

• Improving and increasing parking within the right-of-way of the district,

• Improving landscaping,

• Installing new ornamental lighting,

• Improving the safety of the sidewalks, and

• Installing new crosswalks and new trash receptacles.

The City of Jacksonville developed the Town Center Initiative program to provide support to local organizations for redeveloping commercial areas of town. The program was initiated, not only to provide a physical improvement of Jacksonville neighborhoods, but also to help bring the people of each community together and encourage renewed interest, activity, relationships and organization.

To be part of the City of Jacksonville’s Town Center program, a Town Center must be at least 30 years old and, at one time, an established commercial district at the heart of a neighborhood.  Funding was provided by a $12 million fund set up in 2002, evenly divided among all 6 planning districts.


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