Neighborhoods: Englewood

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Metro Jacksonville explores one of the Southside's mid 20th century automobile oriented neighborhoods: Englewood

Locator Map

Englewood is bounded by Philips Highway, Emerson Street, Beach and University Boulevards.

University Boulevard

Before the opening of Jacksonville University, University Blvd was known as Chaseville Highway. One of Jacksonville's earliest auto oriented commercial corridors, University Blvd may be Englewood's most important thoroughfare.

While stalled Berkman II and the Shipyards may be the recession's gift to downtown, this proposed Home Depot site is what Englewood received. Two hotels, a gas station and an IHOP restaurant were demolished to make way for Home Depot in 2007. Nearly three years later, 10.5 acres of building foundations lie where Home Depot was supposed to sit by now.

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a 353-bed acute care hospital offering a breadth of services. Recent additions to the main campus include the new state-of-the-art CyberKnife Cancer Center and innovative Memorial Neuroscience Center. New in 2007, the Southside Cancer Center opened to offer oncology services and the Memorial Spine Clinic opened to treat acute and chronic spinal pain, injury and malformations.

The year was 1969. With one powerful nudge a tall Southern pine tree was toppled by a bulldozer operated by Florida Governor Claude Kirk. A crowd of enthusiastic onlookers had gathered to witness this act, groundbreaking of Memorial Hospital on Jacksonville's rapidly growing Southside. Over the course of the next 37 years, Memorial Hospital has captured numerous national and international honors.

The groundbreaking ceremony was the culmination of a dream that began in October of 1963. Realizing an ever-pressing need for an increased number of hospital beds in the Duval County area, a group of physicians met to discuss the problem and formulate a solution. In 1964 the Florida Development Commission reported that Duval County was meeting only 55 percent of its hospital bed needs. Through persistence and dedication, eight community leaders overcame political, financial and bureaucratic obstacles to build a state-of-the-art hospital to serve all of Northeast Florida. The eight founding partners of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville were Dr. J. Brooks Brown, Dr. Max Karrer, Dr. Lou Costanza, Dr. Herbert Burke, Frank Sherman, I.M. Sulzbacher, John C. Galvin and Leo A. Brinkley. The hospital was financed by a federal grant, a bond issue purchased by local citizens and mortgages assumed by local insurance companies and a bank.

Memorial Hospital opened its doors on May 2, 1969. It was named in honor of all Jacksonville-area physicians since Dr. James Hall first established a medical practice within the city limits in 1798. Since that day in 1969, Memorial has managed to compile an amazing record of accomplishments. Memorial was one of the first hospitals nationwide to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for non-professionals and in schools. It was the first hospital in Jacksonville to admit a patient delivered by helicopter, a 76-year-old woman whose pacemaker malfunctioned was airlifted by Navy helicopter from Lake City to Memorial in 1971. Memorial was also one of the first hospitals in Jacksonville to go live with an electronic bedside medication verification system, which we call eMAR (electronic medication administration record,) and was the first in Jacksonville to be designated a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Brooks Rehabilitation

Established in 1970, Brooks is a 143-bed acute physical rehabilitation hospital near the intersection of Beach and University Blvds.

A brief history of Brooks

March 16, 1970 – Grand opening of Cathedral Rehabilitation Hospital.

September 1, 1982 – Memorial Medical Center purchases the Cathedral Rehabilitation Hospital license. The name is changed to Memorial Regional Rehabilitation Center four months later.

October 23, 1983 – The organization is moved to the renovated north wing of the Memorial Medical Center complex.

November 1992 – Construction begins on a new facility.

June 19, 1993 – The first rehabilitation outpatient center is established in the newly acquired and renovated Memorial Healthcare Plaza.

May 1994 – Memorial Rehabilitation Center becomes Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital. The organization is relocated and becomes a freestanding hospital and an independent system.

June 1995 – Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital becomes Genesis Rehabilitation Hospital.

January 1999 – Genesis Rehabilitation becomes Brooks Rehabilitation. The Brooks name is selected both as a tribute to our founder, Dr. J. Brooks Brown, and as an opportunity to create a unique and lasting identity.

April 2005 – Ground is broken on the new Brooks Health & Fitness facility.

May 15, 2006 – Brooks Health & Fitness opens.

January 1, 2008- Brooks donates Health and Fitness Center to YMCA of Florida's First Coast.

April 10, 2008- Ground is broken for new Brooks Administration Building: the first certified "green" building on a healthcare campus in Northeast Florida.

June 30, 2008- Brooks Home Care Advantage is added to Brooks full spectrum of rehabilitation options.

October 6, 2008- Brooks Club House Opens.

July 13, 2009- New Brooks Administration Building Opens

August 24, 2009- St. Lukes Hospital Total Joint Rehabilitation Managed by Brooks opens

Beach Boulevard

The Noodle Bar at World Food Market - Review

We just got back from one of the most awesome lunches ever and we felt the need to tell you guys about this little hidden gem ASAP. There's this little enclave inside the World Food Market, at 5161 Beach Boulevard near the Hart Expressway overpass at Beach, that has about 5 tables and a long bar with chairs and two Asian ladies slinging some of the best Korean Barbecue and noodles in town.

The World Food Market is basically an Asian Market with a few Spanish items thrown in. It looks and smells like most Asian Markets, if you've ever happened in to one you know what we mean. The grocer carries all sorts of deliciously weird items; dried sea creatures, jars of gelatinous eyeballs peering at you from behind glass, and other odds and ends.

This short lived Rowe's Supermarket at University and Beach is now the home of Virginia College at Jacksonville.

The new Virginia College in Jacksonville, Florida, is now enrolling students and preparing them for success in tomorrow's growing career fields. Virginia College in Jacksonville offers students fast-track career training in such exciting areas as:

•Business and Office
•Cosmetology and Aesthetics
•Health and Medical
•Medical Billing
•Medical Office

The "Squeeze Box"

A term locals call the neighborhoods around Philips Highway which include Englewood, North St. Augustine, Spring Park, and Pine Forest.

A decade ago, the now completed widening of Barnes Road was opposed by the community because they felt it would split the neighborood.

Rich in tradition and pride, Englewood High School was constructed in 1956 and exemplifies the concept of a "neighborhood school." Located on 37 acres (150,000 m2) on the Southside of Jacksonville, Florida, this school is one of the 17 high schools in Duval County Public School System. The school is located at 4412 Barnes Road, which is approximately 1/2 mile north of the I-95 and University Boulevard intersection. Englewood is said to have a population of about 2,000 students, which includes over 500 students from over fifty different countries.,_Florida)

Notable alumni include Rashean Mathis (Jacksonville Jaguars), Brett Myers (Philadelphia Phillies), Fred Durst(Limp Bizkit) and Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band).

Cuba Hunter Park

The property was originally owned by John Hunter, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer. The park is named after his daughter, who died protecting her nephew from a drunk driver. Cuba Hunter Park`s 10,000 sq. ft. skateboard facility has great features, including a 6-foot half pipe, a 7-foot quarter pipe, jump boxes, multiple rails and a bank ramp with a partial pyramid. Smooth cement and sturdy steel construction rank this site with other top city-owned skateboard parks across the country. Cuba Hunter Park also includes two playscapes, a multi-use athletic field, a 0.25mile boardwalk winding through more than 3.5 acres of wetlands, and a covered pavilion with three picnic tables and two grills. In 2005 a gymnasium with an elevated track and a community building were added. In 2006 an additional picnic pavilion was constructed near the lake.

What was "The Miracle Mile?"

The Miracle Mile was Philips Highway when it was lined with restaurants, motels and nightclubs catering to tourist bound for Miami. In the 1960s, Interstate 95 detoured life to other destinations. Philips Highway forms the west border of Englewood and is now a corridor in need of new life. Adjacent to the FEC rail line, Philips could redevelop as a transit friendly district if the proposed Southeast commuter rail project becomes reality.

Q: What's the biggest challenge facing Englewood today?

A:The same challenge that the whole city faces. We are an old neighborhood , and our infrastructure is crumbling beneath us.
Vickie Kutscher, Greater Englewood Neighborhood Association 6/21/08 Englewood has its own neighborhood activist - FTU

Although Englewood suffers from late 20th century sprawl gone stale, the neighborhoods central southside location, diversity, and proximity to the proposed Southeast commuter rail corridor makes the community a great place for sustainable redevelopment.

Article by Ennis Davis