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Located west of downtown is a distinct part of Jacksonville. The Beaver Street area, now known as the Rail Yard District, houses over 100 unique small businesses. Many of these business owners are now coming together to make change in their community. The Rail Yard District is a major economic engine for Jacksonville, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in local economic impact.
The area, once known as Honeymoon Yard, is comprised of long-standing business like Beaver Street Fisheries, Drummond Press and Power and Pumps as well as new businesses like Eco Relics, Rethreaded, Engine 15 Brewery and many more. Given the history of the neighborhood and the influx of new businesses, the neighborhood has the potential to become a regional destination. With the support of LISC Jacksonville, area business owners are formally organizing in an effort to capitalize on the area's assets, market the neighborhood and improve long-neglected infrastructure.
Joel Bookman, one of the consultants hired by LISC Jacksonville to conduct a market analysis of the neighborhood states: the area is a strong economic engine, not just for Northwest Jacksonville, but for all of Jacksonville. With this kind of existing baseline to build upon, the area's future could rapidly improve with the help of an organized business association that could advocate for infrastructure improvements, develop branding opportunities and collaborate on joint marketing initiatives.
Read about what is happening in the Rail Yard District in this February 2017 article from Metro Jacksonville, Business Owners Uniting Over Urban Wholesale District.