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Groundbreaking for Stockton Street Town Center set for Jan. 19

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Stockton Street Town Center at the intersection of Myra and Stockton Streets in historic Riverside will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.

City Council members Warren Jones and Michael Corrigan will join members of the City of Jacksonville’s Housing and Neighborhoods and Public Works Departments, the JEA and Grimes Contracting, Inc. at the ceremony.

This ceremony celebrates the efforts to restore and improve the Stockton Street commercial corridor, which was supported by a community visioning effort led by the local citizens and the Riverside Avondale Development Organization.

Elements to be improved as part of the $600,000 project include reducing the number of overhead wires along Stockton Street, improving and increasing parking within the right-of-way, improving landscaping, installing new ornamental lighting, improving the safety of the sidewalks and creating a consistent appearance with hexagon pavers, installing new decorative crosswalks and installing two new entry-way landscaped medians.

The City of Jacksonville developed the Town Center Initiative program as a means of providing support to local organizations for redeveloping aging commercial areas of town. The program was initiated, not only to provide physical improvement to 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 program, a town center must be at least 30 years old and, at one time, must have been an established commercial district at the heart of a community or neighborhood.  Funding for the town center program is by a $12 million fund created in 2002, evenly divided among all six planning districts.

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