Encourage Responsible Growth in the Riverside Avondale Historic District
  • Petitioned Greg Anderson

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Greg Anderson
LUZ
Robin Lumb
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Bill Gulliford
City Council
Kimberly Daniels
City Council
Matt Schellenberg
LUZ
Don Redman, LUZ
City Council, member of LUZ
Jim Love
LUZ
Doyle Carter
LUZ
Lori Boyer
City Council
Warren Jones
City Council
E. Denise Lee
LUZ
Reginald Brown
City Council
William Bishop
City Council
John Crescimbeni
City Council
Johnny Gaffney
City Council
Clay Yarborough
City Council
Ray Holt
City Council
Robin Lumb
City Council
Richard Clark
City Council
Stephen Joost
City Council
Doyle Carter
LUZ
Ray Holt

Encourage Responsible Growth in the Riverside Avondale Historic District

    1. Riverside Avondale Preservation
    2. Petition by

      Riverside Avondale Preservation

      Jacksonville, FL

On October 27, 2011, the City of Jacksonville's Planning Commission granted an Administrative Deviation to allow an 11,000+ sq. ft. restaurant to be built without any required parking in a small-scale Commercial Character Area (King Street Corridor); at the same time, it granted the applicant an Exception for a 249-seat full alcohol bar and restaurant with outdoor sales and service. RAP is appealing this decision to the Land Use and Zoning Committee.

We believe the Expansion of Kickbacks Gastropub, as presently proposed, is too large and too intense of a use for this 0.14 acre site. We additionally believe the Planning Commission's decision was not in keeping with the intent or written language of the Riverside Avondale Zoning Overlay. The Administrative Deviation will set a precedent for other non-contributing properties being demolished and new structures being built to similar scale and intensity. An 11,000 sq. ft. 249-seat restaurant is not a neighborhood-scale establishment. When built beside an already existing 170-seat, 3,004 sq. ft. restaurant, to which the new restaurant will be connected internally, it is even less so.

A reduction of the size and number of seats of the proposed expansion would mitigate its effect on the small Park and King commercial corridor and surrounding residential areas.

 

RAP is committed to promoting the district’s existing businesses and encouraging new development that is compatible with the neighborhood’s character and scale. Commercial expansion must be pursued responsibly and in balance with the rights of surrounding residents.

 

We ask Councilman Jim Love, members of City Council, and members of the City of Jacksonville Land Use and Zoning Committee to support RAP in their appeal to scale back this restaurant. 

 

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    • Bolie Soloven JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      the preservation focus in Riverside/Avondale was one of the driving features when bought our house on Pine Street. We believe it is in all of our interests to abide by the 'reasonable' development philosophy which requires developers to accept responsibility for their designs and plan/design accordingly. If a developer starts off from the get-go trying to circumvent these responsibilities, what can we expect from them in the future? If they don't like it, take their greed and go elsewhere!

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    • Ray Michael Perfetti JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Parking is really tight in the area as it is. With an increase in business in the area more parking should be required to accommodate it.

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    • Warren Trojanoski JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Nor fair at all to neighboring residents.

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    • Marjorie Huber JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's solve the parking issue first, and then allow Kickbacks to expand.

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    • Cathleen Murphy JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      The Zoning Overlay exists for a reason - to help balance the relationship between preservation and development. I welcome new businesses to our neighborhood and I love Kickback's, but the Zoning Overlay needs to be upheld. Minimum requirements for parking and building are already in place and must be met to ensure proper development of the historic area.

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