Urban Neighborhoods: Allendale

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Metro Jacksonville takes a look at Allendale, an overlooked section of the urban core on Jacksonville's Westside.

Edgewater Park stretches the length of the community in the median of West 12th Street.

The Jacksonville Coca-Cola Bottling Company operates production lines for three Coke products: 12-ounce cans, 2-liter bottles and Dasani bottled water at their Allendale facility. Coca - Cola , which has been operating a facility in Jacksonville for nearly 100 years, now employs about 480 workers. This bottling plant replaced Coca-Cola's Springfield Warehouse District location in 1968, which dated back to 1927.

Carlton Spence spent the first 25 years of his career with Colonial Stores, a national supermarket company eventually taken over by Grand Union Co. He started by cleaning fish and worked his way up to district manager, overseeing the operation of stores in Florida and southern Georgia from Jacksonville. At 42, he started his business, a grocery distributorship, in 1974. The company shortly became Beach Trading Co., which spawned several businesses including Industrial Cold Storage Logistics. From 1980 to 1985, the Spence family transformed ICS Logistics from the smallest cold storage business in Jacksonville to the largest with little fanfare or publicity.

Today, ICS is known as Seaonus Cold Storage.

The working class neighborhood of Allendale is located on the west side of Jacksonville, just north of Woodstock.

Article by Ennis Davis

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