Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Housing Proposal Spurs Use Evaluation
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER
A proposal to use seven acres of city-owned land near Hanna Park for an affordable housing complex for low- to moderate-income workers is gaining traction across Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton was scheduled to announce Monday that the city has begun to evaluate all city-owned land on the basis of how it's being utilized and whether it's serving the community's needs.
The program could bode well for Jacksonville Councilwoman Elaine Brown's request to surplus seven acres on Mayport Road so that it may be used for affordable single-family homes and townhomes.
Brown said affordable housing would be the best public use for that property. That's how she is pitching it to the city and she thinks it will meet the criteria.
"I think it's going to sound good," she said last week.
Meanwhile, Brown said she's pleased her proposal has triggered the comprehensive evaluation of city-owned land.
"It's to the public's benefit," she said.
The fenced land near Hanna Park, about three blocks north of where Florida A1A turns west toward Mayport village, belongs to the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department. But it has never been used as a park and it's not on the department's master plan, Brown said. The only building on the property is an old storage garage that Hanna Park employees no longer use.
Brown suggested the affordable housing idea in April as a solution to the loss of affordable homes at the Beaches. …