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City unveils plans to revitalize Brooklyn area

220 Riverside and the new Shoppes of Riverside broke ground Wednesday. (Leslie Coursey)
220 Riverside and the new Shoppes of Riverside broke ground Wednesday. (Leslie Coursey)
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Updated: 1/15 8:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the nearly 60 years James Davis has lived in Brooklyn, he's seen a lot of changes.

Perhaps the most notable can be seen from his driveway: 220 Riverside and the new Shoppes of Riverside, which just broke ground Wednesday.

Davis said, "Yeah, it's going to bring in a new crowd." Chamber President Daniel Davis said, "If we want to make Downtown grow and prosper, we have to have people living down here."

The new shopping center will be anchored by the specialty grocer Fresh Market. It's the first grocery store in a generation to open on this side of town.

Mayor Alvin Brown said, "It's part of my vision, a priority I made for the city to invest in downtown."

James Davis said growth and prosperity are nice. But nice, but he said changing the neighborhood's look won't change its people unless it brings jobs.

The good news is Fresh Market alone has promised to hire 90 people.

The Shoppes at Riverside are set to open this fall. Total cost of the project is $14.7 million.
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