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A Walk through Park & King

The eclectic Park King Retail District sits in the heart of the Riverside/Avondale Historic District at the intersection of Park King Streets. Fresh off the heels of the completion of a $5 million streetscape renovation project, the retail district continues to attract new retailers and restaurants catering to the urban community surrounding the strip.

Published May 28, 2008 in Neighborhoods      14 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article



Park Street serves as the main centralizednorth/south thoroughfare for the Riverside/Avondale Historic District. The Park Street commercial strip stretches 1,300 feet between Acosta Street (north) and James Street (south).

Whiteway Corner

The buildings known as Whiteway Corner, were constructed by the Nasrallah brothers. The one story yellow brick building was completed in 1927 with 10 storefronts. The Nasrallahs also installed a row of white electric street lamps (a new technology in the 1920s) around the building. The name "Whiteway Corner" evolved from this special exterior feature.

Whiteway Corner's original tenants were Hoyt Music Shop, Blitch's Red Front Store, Whiteway Realty office, Whiteway Deli, Bennett Drug and Pharmacy, Shoe Repair, Haft Ice Cream and Purity Bakery. Following a resurgence in local prosperity after World War II, the Nasrallahs expanded the retail complex with a two-story office/retail building in 1949. Today, the buildings contain 13 retail shops, cafes and restaurants.

Originally constructed as the Orange State Oil Company Service Station in 1941, the European Street Cafe is a perfect example of adaptive reuse.


King Street was named after August King. The street serves as a major pedestrian friendly connection between North Riverside, the CSX "A" Line corridor, and St. Vincent's Medical Center. A potential rail station on King Street would instantly create a walkable destination currently containing a 2,600 foot long stretch ofmix ofretail,neighborhood services, multi-familyand dininguses. A connection with a starter rail line would only bring more wealth, investment and redevelopment infill potential to the commercial district.

The building housing the Carter's Park & King Pharmacy was originally the Lane Drug Company in 1942. Based out of Atlanta, Lane Drug was the first large drugstore chain in the city with over 12 different locations at one point.

Completed in 1925, the Mediterranean Riverside Baptist Church is the only religious structure designed by flamboyant South Florida Architect, Addison Mizner.

Highlighted in green, the Park & King shopping district is centered four blocks west of St. Vincent's Medical Center and six blocks west of the St. Johns River.

Photo tour by Ennis Davis



May 28, 2008, 08:45:43 AM
Great tour.

I really like how you highlighted the area on an aerial map to give everyone a good view of where its located.  I think we need more of that.


May 28, 2008, 09:18:38 AM
Park Street seems pretty far from the railroad tracks.  I realize it's only slightly farther than 1/2 mile, but that's as far as the Landing is to FCCJ.  Are we envisioning some kind of trolley or street car down King Street to the hospital?


May 28, 2008, 09:24:06 AM
Transit throught that corridor hasn't really been discussed in any depth.  Ock would know, but I think there used to be a trolly line down Park Street.


May 28, 2008, 09:30:53 AM
It could be as simple as the extension of the Riverside Trolley from Five Points, via Riverside Avenue to King Street, with the line terminating at the rail station (King/CSX "A" Line crossing).  Also, keep in mind an urban station would probably be just as popular for the dense number of residents living within a quarter mile of that crossing.  Such a path would be very similar to Alexandria, Va's King Street Metro station.

The King Street Metro Station is a little over a mile from the Alexandria waterfront, via a straight shot down King Street.  There's a TOD, called King Street Station, right at the metro station.  From that point, the first few blocks of King are rowhouses that contain both residential and limited commercial uses.  After those first few blocks, the remaining portion of King is heavily commercial.  For those that don't want to walk or bike, they have a Metrobus route that goes the length of King Street.


May 28, 2008, 10:09:35 AM
What's up with the First Guaranty Bank assembladge?  I feel that it presents one of the best opportunities for redevelopment in the city.  Hopefully city planners realize the mistakes made with Walgreens, and incorporate design standards for the property.  I think the new Riverside-Avondale Zoning Overlay will address these issues...


May 28, 2008, 01:04:15 PM
Would love to see a walking tour of Murray Hill!


May 28, 2008, 01:15:00 PM
It will be happening soon.  We did a tour over a year ago, but now its time for an update.


May 28, 2008, 01:18:06 PM
Here is a link to the old Murray Hill tour:


May 28, 2008, 11:34:28 PM
I used to live about at least six blocks or so west from that area. Nice memories. 8)


September 04, 2008, 11:51:14 AM
My husband and I will be married ten years this Nov. 2008.  Our first date was at Pizza Palace. I remember he had his first white pizza.  We loved the cozy atmosphere. It was a great time, and I always remember it when I pass it by in my neighborhood.  Although I still have the same man, I've fallen for a new pizza, Moon River's.


January 07, 2011, 07:39:45 AM
King Street STATION!?
will this happen?
tons of property around Florence St, [north] James St. ripe and ready.
sounds right on the money to plea with the CoJ and MrGlover with JEA to at least light the inderside of the Roosevelt overpass at Rosselle Street well inadvance, say NOW!? Yeahsz?

north miami

January 26, 2012, 06:45:25 PM

Fast forward........." Gastropub" becomes MJ advertiser.........

folks, I'm telling 'ya
We got trouble
right here in river city
I mean trouble
That starts with "T",that rhymes  with " G" and that stands for Gastropub!!!


January 27, 2012, 12:02:54 AM
Would love to see Lakelander go back and re-shoot this area. Amazing changes in the past year.


January 27, 2012, 12:11:22 AM
I can't believe its been nearly four years since I took these pics.  I guess its about time to reshoot all of the urban core neighborhoods.
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