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From left: Councilman Reggie Brown, Mayor Alvin Brown and Magnolia Gardens President Gadson Burgess

City Breaks Ground On Avenue B Drainage Project In Magnolia Gardens

June 16, 2015
Renew Jax Project Will Improve Drainage and Reduce Flooding, Erosion

In the latest Renew Jax project to begin construction, Mayor Alvin Brown and Councilmember Reggie Brown today broke ground on a major drainage project along Avenue B and Zinnia Avenue on Jacksonville’s Northside.

View the Avenue B & Zinnia Avenue Fact Sheet

The project, which invests more than $3 million, includes the installation of over 1,300 feet of box culvert to improve drainage in the area. The completed construction will also increase driver and pedestrian safety by enclosing the existing drainage ditch along Avenue B and Zinnia Avenue from Edgewood Avenue to Moncrief Road.
“These improvements will make a major difference for area residents by decreasing flooding and erosion, as well as improving safety for drivers and pedestrians alike,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m proud to see another Renew Jax project under way, as we continue to move Jacksonville forward, one neighborhood at a time.”

The project is supported by $2.2 million from the City’s stormwater utility fee and $850,000 in federal funding.

“I join the residents of this neighborhood in applauding the start of this long-awaited project, which will tremendously improve quality of life in the area,” said Councilmember Reggie Brown.

Construction of the box culvert will eliminate a deep drainage ditch, thus reducing erosion to private properties that border Avenue B and Zinnia Avenue, and improving safety for drivers and pedestrians who use these sections of roadway.

Renew Jax is founded on public-private partnerships to improve and expand housing opportunities, promote economic development and job creation, and strengthen families.  The initiative is empowering neighborhoods and improving quality of life.  For more information about Renew Jax projects, please visit