Sherwood Forest Front Porch, Inc.
The Sherwood Forest community is located in the Northwest Quadrant of
Jacksonville. The development of this neighborhood began in the early
1950ís. This community received its designation on October 16, 2002. The
one-mile boundary consists of Soutel Drive, Norfolk Boulevard,
Arrowsmith Road, and Devonshire Boulevard. There are approximately 2,000
residents that live within these boundaries. The businesses within this
neighborhood consist of a funeral home, two convenience stores,
restaurants, barber shops, one main grocery chain, daycares, and a
pharmacy. Three plazas are in the neighborhood of which two are in need
of repair or redevelopment. The Charles Clark Community Center,
churches, two elementary schools, and a park are located within the
boundaries of this neighborhood.
The Sherwood Forest neighborhood ethic makeup is predominately
African-American. According to the latest statistics in the Neighborhood
Action Plan, approximately 38% of its residents are age 45 and older.
The highest population of elderly residents reside in the Morris Manor
Apartments. The income level is low to moderate for each household.
Eighty-two percent of the homes were built between 1949 and 1969.
The key issues facing this community are beautification, youth and
elderly programs, crime, economic development, and housing. Various
projects have been implemented over the past year to address these
needs. Street resurfacing, home improvements, structural improvements to
the Sherwood Plaza, weatherization projects, and roof repairs, just to
name a few. Plans for a youth tutorial program are currently underway.
Solar Energy Lights Up Sherwood Forest
Florida Energy Office, Florida Solar Energy Center and Florida Solar
Energy Research & Education Foundation established a partnership with
Front Porch Florida, a program launched by in 1999 to revitalize low-income
neighborhoods, to improve energy efficiency of homes in
designated communities throughout the State. State agencies are
assisting 20 designated neighborhoods with community-driven
initiatives for economic growth, education and environmental
As part of this program, Florida is provided solar water heaters
to seven households in Jacksonville Ė part of the 150 units that
will be delivered to residents in underserved communities
throughout the state. Named Front Porch Sunshine, Florida is the
first in the nation to install solar energy technology in
weatherized, low-income homes. The reliable, low-maintenance
solar systems use the sunís energy, instead of electricity, to
heat water. A solar collector installed on the roof holds water
that is heated by the sun. A traditional water heater serves as
a backup supply of hot water on overcast or rainy days.