An important topic on Monday's (January 24) City of St. Augustine Commission agenda was discussion regarding the future of the property known as the M & M Market, located at Bridge Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
The site of the city commission meeting, The Alcazar Room, was filled to capacity and twenty of those present who were both residents and non residents of the Lincolnville area, gave their ideas of what they thought was the best use of the property. Ideas as diverse as museums and markets were presented and afterward the commission discussed the input received with staff charged with taking the ideas for future discussion.
It was noted by City Attorney Ron Brown that the property is still on the St. Johns County tax roll.
“This is a keystone property in Lincolnville,” said John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager, “and the city has the opportunity to make a long term impact in Lincolnville’s future by deciding what happens on that corner. The commission is taking this decision seriously and will solicit input from the community, so we hope the community will respond.”
A multi-faceted effort under the umbrella of “Lift Up Lincolnville,” has gained momentum in recent weeks with increased activity in infrastructure projects in that area including extensive sidewalk replacements and the soon to start two-year long rehabilitation of Riberia Street. An outline of the effort, including descriptions of the various elements of the program, are summarized in the document “Lift Up Lincolnville,” available by clicking here.