Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Points Drums Up Support for New Look

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Points Drums Up Support for New Look

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A group of Riverside business leaders and residents are seeking

community support for their plans to give the aging Five Points

commercial district a village look with brick paving, wider

sidewalks and landscaping.

Architect Ted Pappas presented the plans to Mayor John Delaney

and a group of business and community leaders, property owners,

residents and city and state officials at a luncheon at the

River Club last week.

"We want to improve the streetscaping like Avondale has done by

adding trees and like San Marco has done with sidewalks," Pappas

said.

About 26 people attended the meeting, which was sponsored by

Tom McGehee, a Riverside resident who is co-chairman of the

board of Mac Papers Inc.

Pappas drew up the conceptual plans several years ago. But a

group called Friends of Five Points has been formed to expedite

the project.

Pappas, who has discussed the project with city officials, said

he knows it will need private financial support if it is ever to

be done.

Delaney agreed.

"The more private sector involvement there is, the less stress

on government," he said.

The city will help, once the group raises an initial investment

of $50,000 or so, Delaney said. Near the end of the meeting, the

group received pledges of almost $5,000 toward that amount.

If the project is to succeed, then the Five Points merchants

need to become involved, Delaney said.

Wayne Wood, founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, also

said the merchants need to feel they are included.

"We need to work with the merchants so it doesn't become a

generational thing," he said.

Although none attended the meeting, the merchants will be

helping with the final plans that will be presented to the city,

said Ray Parnell of the Friends of Five Points and business

development officer for First Guaranty Bank and Trust.

The project's initial phase calls for special paving at Park

and Post streets, Post and Margaret streets and at the fiveway

Five Points intersection of Margaret, Park and Lomax streets. …

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