Aundra Wallace

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Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority moved forward with a plan to redevelop 70 acres of riverfront property downtown.

Officials gave the green light Tuesday to a proposal by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment firm Iguana Investments.


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Jacksonville’s waterways with City Council President Lori Boyer and Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace. Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation & Empowerment co-President Geneva Pittman, former ICARE President Pastor Bruce Havens and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth discussed a dispute between the organization and Mayor Lenny Curry, and local authors Brenda Jackson and V. Brooks Dunbar joined the show to talk about Saturday’s Jax Book Fest at the Main Library.   

 

 

Downtown Jacksonville projects could move along much more quickly if Jacksonville voters approve a half-cent sales tax extension. That’s what the city’s Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace told a real-estate group Tuesday.

The professional group CREW Jacksonville hosted other community members at the Riverplace Club downtown to hear from Wallace.

He presented DIA’s 10-year plan investment plan, which includes:

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Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority is holding another open forum Wednesday night on the redesign of the Landing.

The forum, or charrette as it’s called, will be the second time the Downtown Investment Authority will ask the public to weigh in on what should be done to redevelop the Landing.

The site may be altered or even torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

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We speak with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace and governing board chairman Oliver Barakat about the group's plans for redeveloping Jacksonville's urban core. The DIA has ambitious plans for both the North and South banks of the St. Johns River, and long term goals that include developing vacant tracts of city-owned land and bringing 10,000 new residents to downtown.

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Jacksonville’s new Downtown Investment Authority is kicking off a series of community meetings this week. They want the public input on a new plan for the city's Urban Core.

The meetings are a chance for residents to speak out about what they think are the most important issues related to downtown development — whether that means housing, streetscape improvements, parks and recreation, business recruitment, or all of the above.

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Kevin Meerschaert

Monday was the first day on the job for the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority's new CEO Aundra Wallace.

He sat down for nearly an hour with local reporters to discuss his vision for redevelopment.

Wallace says his first priority is to sit down and talk to current stakeholders. He also expects to take about three months to come up with an executive plan for the agency.

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority has named Aundra Wallace as its Chief Executive Officer. Wallace is currently the Executive Director of the Detroit Land Trust, and organization dedicated to redevelopment efforts through public-private partnerships.

In a ranking of the candidates skills Wallace edged out Kevin Hanna from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

Wallace has over 20 years of experience in redevelopment projects.