MURRAY HILL, Fla. - Murray Hill neighbors wanted to see a grocery store built, but developers have plans for a storage facility. In response, nearly 4,000 people have signed a petition stating that the proposed storage facility would not contribute to the neighborhood's redevelopment efforts.
“Over the past couple of years local business owners and residents have been personality investing blood, sweat and tears into this [redevelopment]," the petition states. "Allowing this project to continue as storage unit, would not just be a tremendous mistake, but a detriment to this redevelopment..."
Neighbors in Murray Hill were hoping for a grocery store, but a developer has plans for a storage facility.— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) May 14, 2019
Those neighbors say it's not a right fit for their historic community that they've been working to revitalize for years. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/bEUbdjCDTD
At a meeting between developers and neighbors on Monday night, the developer said that rumors that a grocery store had been turned down were false.
At the meeting, the developer also addressed parking in the historic district. He said the proposal would add six new parking spots on the public right of way.
The developer added that a retail building along Edgewood Avenue with a parking lot behind it is part of the proposal. The design of the building has not yet been finalized.
"Most importantly, we think that, like a lot of other buildings in Murray Hill, it should have something that depicts and represents this area very well," Broc Flores, the owner of Fishweir Brewing, said. "I don't think it would be out of turn to require or ask to have a mural on the side of the building."
A public comment meeting on the proposed development is scheduled for Friday, May 24, but is subject to change. Action News Jax will keep you updated on any changes.
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