Neighborhoods: San Jose's Skinner's Pasture

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Metro Jacksonville takes a look into the development of an portion of San Jose that was known as Skinner's Pasture for most of the 20th Century.

14. Dupont Station

The Dupont Station shopping center opened in 1988. At one point in time, the center's anchors were Food Lion and Fresh Market. Prior to the 1988 reconfiguration of the site, the property had served as a location for Pantry Pride. Today, the largest tenant in the 157,512 square foot center is UF Health Psychiatry.



17. University Mall

In 1970, University Mall opened at the intersection of University Boulevard and St. Augustine Road.  Anchors at the 105,550 square foot shopping center included Publix, Roses and Eckerd Drugs.  By 1978, Murphy Mart had replaced Roses.  Now owned by RAM Realty, the shopping center was recently redeveloped to accommodate a new anchor tenant, LA Fitness.


An aerial of University Mall during the mid-1970s. Courtesy of the Jacksonville Public Library's Special Collections Department.



21. University Boulevard

When this section of San Jose was known as Skinner's Pasture, Lone Grove Road served as the major east/west thoroughfare. After the opening of Jacksonville University in Arlington, the road was renamed University Boulevard.

22. Florida East Coast Railway Bowden Yard

23. The French Pantry

There are several industries located on Powers Avenue. One, in particular, is home to a popular "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant, The French Pantry. The French Pantry was established in 1996 when noted Jacksonville chefs Time and Barbara Felver purchased and converted the St. Johns Bakery. While lines are known to stretch out of the door during lunch hour, The French Pantry is actually a commercial bakery that produces European-style breads and desserts for hotels and restaurants.

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