Ascension St. Vincent's - Riverside Seeks to Update Signage and PUD

Ascension- St. Vincent’s HealthCare has filed a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning application to implement new branding and signage at its Riverside campus. The new PUD will replace the original 1990 PUD and several minor modifications done since then.

The hospital will be known as “Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside” and an extensive signage package has been submitted. RAP worked with Ascension on the signage package and appreciates that they modified their plans to respect and maintain the size, scale, and illumination of the existing signage visible from the street.

St. Vincent’s campus is within the Riverside Avondale Zoning Overlay, but is not a part of the Historic District so plans do not go before the Jacksonville Historic Planning Commission (JHPC).

After the review of the signage package the attorneys for Ascension informed our Zoning Committee that the PUD submittal will actually be more extensive than just signage since it is meant to supersede all prior PUDs. RAP has requested a detailed and updated site plan that outlines the existing state of the campus including actual and allowed heights, setbacks and actual parking spaces associated with the parking ratios. RAP does not feel that there are any issues with their current plans, however, the PUD application needs to accurately capture all important information on a site which has seen many changes in facilities and zoning legislation over several decades.

The public hearing scheduled for the PUD application (2019-0458) begins with the Planning Commission on August 22 at 2 pm at 117 W, Duval St., 1st Floor, Lynwood Roberts Room. That hearing will be followed by City Council public hearing on August 27, Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) Committee on September 4, and the Council Vote on September 10.