Downtown Development

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Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One national trend that’s been bringing residents into urban cores is dense, highly walkable, mixed use developments, but a new report shows the growth rate of this type of project is slowing, after it had grown for several consecutive years.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace said building a new convention center, hotel and parking garage on the site of the old county courthouse and city hall annex should spark more entertainment development projects all the way to the sports complex.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

Long-awaited plans to build a new convention center in downtown Jacksonville could finally be moving ahead.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT business analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan. 


Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A proposed downtown Jacksonville hotel Thursday took another step toward becoming reality.

Exterior of Engine 15 Brewery
Modern Cities

A group of business owners is trying to drum up interest in what they’re calling Jacksonville’s “Rail Yard District” just west of downtown.

Modern Cities co-founder Mike Field says their hope is to breathe new life into a once-booming wholesale district. 


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The heart of Jacksonville’s downtown could be getting a hotel, apartment space, retail, offices, dining options and a rooftop bar.

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority recommended Wednesday nearly $10 million in city incentives for the developers of four historic buildings near Hemming Park.


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It’s a new year, and I'm predicting big things for Northeast Florida.

Among them: the first sighting of a boom economy in a decade, high consumer confidence, more home construction and gas prices’ staying relatively low.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

City officials celebrated a construction milestone, officially “topping off” the soon-to-be steakhouse Friday.

Building developers raised an American flag beside an evergreen tree placed at the highest point of the building.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

This could be the last week a popular downtown eatery has its doors open on Adams Street. The quirky sandwich shop Chomp Chomp is relocating to Avondale this month. At the same time, neighboring Burro Bar is closing for good.

For this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr and WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo headed downtown to find out what the moves mean for the entertainment district called The Elbow.


Bonnie Zerr / WJCT News

Around 70 "creators" have signed up to compete in next month’s much shorter Jacksonville One Spark Festival.

The projects will compete for eyes, investment and customers for one day in early April.


The local activist group Families of Slain Children held a conference Monday about the ongoing issue of gun violence in Jacksonville following the shooting death of a 22-month-old boy on the city's Eastside.

There’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder of Aiden Michael McClendon.

We speak with Families of Slain Children founder and CEO Beverly McClain.


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John Burr

The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.


The Downtown Investment Authority is asking for community input at a public meeting this week on what should be done to redevelop the Jacksonville Landing in downtown. We discuss what could be in store for the Landing, and issues facing downtown in general, with Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor, and Doris Goldstein, Downtown Investment Authority board member.

Tiffany Manning / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council has approved plans aimed at drawing businesses and visitors Downtown. Yesterday, the Council voted 16-to-1 to set aside $2.5 million for the Downtown Investment Authority. A large chunk of that money is for public art.

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