Ceremony to mark commencement of
Aviles Street Rehabilitation Project

Ceremony set for Friday, July 30 @ 9:00am

Members of the St. Augustine City Commission will lead a ceremony to officially mark the commencement of the Aviles Street Rehabilitation Project on Friday, July 30 at 9:00am. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony on Aviles Street between King St. and Artillery Lane.

The project, encompassing the northern most block of the street, that portion lying between King Street and Artillery Lane, is expected to be completed by October 1 at a cost of approximately $200,000. When completed the new streetscape will have areas allowing for on-street dining along with new underground utilities, new brick streets, sidewalk widening, benches, landscaping and new street lights.

A key component of the project coming to fruition was the partnership between the City of St. Augustine and Trinity Episcopal Parish, a primary property owner along Aviles Street. Since the project necessitated the removal of the few parking places on the street, Trinity agreed to allow its private parking lot located just a block away at St. George Street and Artillery Lane, to become a public parking area. A revenue sharing plan between the church and the city will supplement the funds required to make the rehabilitation of Aviles Street possible.

Work on the project, designed by the Halback Design Group, will be conducted by Gibbs & Register. During construction, the northern most block of Aviles Street will be closed to vehicular traffic however, businesses will remain open and pedestrian access to the area will be maintained.

Fiesta de Aviles

After the ceremony and continuing until late Friday evening, Aviles Street businesses will host the Fiesta de Aviles featuring a wide array of activities which, according to organizers will include:

  • Antiques and Uniques – ½ Off Storewide Sale; one day only
  • Aviles Gallery – Local award-winning Plein Air artist will be painting in the street until 9:00 pm, with galleries serving light refreshments
  • Bolero and Cool Beads – Fashion shows and demonstrations throughout the day on making the most of your accessories and 10 ways to wear a scarf
  • Casa de Solana – Plein Air artists bring their creations to life in the courtyard
  • Cellar 6 - Come wine down and enjoy appetizers and live music
  • La Herencia - Enjoy their famous empanadas while joining in a live tango presentation after 6:00pm
  • Madre’s – Serving outdoor appetizers and live music after 4:00pm
  • Moultrie Creek Studios - Will have a "People's Painting" with an easel and canvas board set up outside for visitors to paint on. Anyone may participate and watch the event as it unfolds
  • Plum Gallery - Serving wine spritzers and light hors d'oeuvres
  • Spanish Military Hospital - Experience living history with the Hospital and their tour guides. See how mini amputations and dental procedures were performed.
  • Worley Faver Pottery Studio and Gallery ­– Worley will be in the gallery with his latest pottery creation under construction. There will be new oils by C. Ford Riley, Claire J. Kendrick, Richard S. Morgan, pastels by Lyn Asselta; watercolors by Thomas Pearrow, Dick Zayac and Richard Warholic’s new mixed media pieces.

For more information about the Fiesta de Aviles, call 904.819.9990.

For information regarding the opening ceremony, call the Public Affairs Department at 904.825.1053.

For information regarding the Aviles St. Rehabilitation Project, call the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.

To review previous information on the project, click here.

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