Council to Discuss Five Points Village Project Feb. 5

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In June 2012, Five Points Village was partially destroyed by fire. Now Peter Sleiman's Retail Properties, Inc. is prepared to improve their strip mall and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) is concerned. In addition to the preservation of the historic Bostwick Building, the Jacksonville City Council's Land Use and Zoning Committee will meet tonight at 5:00 p.m. to discuss this redevelopment project. In preparation of this meeting, Metro Jacksonville shares RAP's concerns and suggested design recommendations.

Five Points Village Site Plans

Original proposed site plan

Current proposed site plan

Riverside Avondale Preservation's requested revisions.

Riverside Avondale Preservation's Recommendations
1. Removing green right-of-way for parking on Post St.

The developer has agreed not to create angled parking on Forbes St.  So the green right-of-way will remain.  However, they want to cut into the green right-of-way on Post St. to create four parallel parking spaces.  The location is right next to their building where four major crepe myrtles currently exist.  This is not allowed under the Overlay but the Council can approve it.  Post St. is a residential street just like Forbes and should be treated the same.
2. Allow only one driveway entrance to parking lot on Forbes St.

The current design of the parking lot does not contain the parking traffic/circulation within the lot but forces Forbes to be used for the parking lot circulation.  Most accidents involving pedestrians happen at intersections and driveways.  The Jacksonville ordinance code specifies only one driveway per road frontage and as far from intersections as possible.
3.Increase perimeter landscaping on Margaret St. to 5 feet instead of only 2 feet.

The developer plans on eliminating all of the green right-of-way on Margaret to create angled parking.  RAP believes this is why it is important to add perimeter landscaping within the parking lot so people aren't walking between parked cars.  RAP believes the developer can add more green space without affecting their parking spaces.  RAP offers 7-Eleven as an example for the Five Points Village developer to follow.  7-Eleven, which is going into the old Pizza Palace across the street, will be adding 10 feet of perimeter landscaping around their parking lot next to the sidewalks.

Riverside Avondale Preservation's Recommendations for Five Points Village

This project, along with the preservation of the historic Bostwick Building, will be taken up tonight at the Council's Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting.  The meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Council Chamber at City Hall. For those interested in attending, City Hall is located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville at 117 West Duval Street.  

For those interesting in contacting LUZ committee members to share their concerns or ideas by email:
Lori Boyer (LUZ Chair) -
Matt Schellenberg (LUZ Vice Chair) -
Doyle Carter -
Warren Jones -

Bill Gulliford -
Don Redman -
Jim Love -
Robin Lumb -

Source: Riverside Avondale Preservation