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Iguana Investments via the Jacksonville Jaguars

The town’s been abuzz over plans unveiled this week by Shad Khan’s company, Iguana Investments. 

Our Friday First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

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Iguana Investments / Via the Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment company is submitting plans for a downtown riverfront convention center and hotel.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews.

Topics included

Downtown Jacksonville Could See Hotel Boom

Apr 30, 2018
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Marriott Hotels via Instagram

When Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan this month unveiled his latest plans for developing the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park, the renderings included a waterfront hotel.

As Mike Field with The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, Khan’s is just one of several hotels being planned for downtown Jacksonville.

The new proposals end a 16-year hotel construction drought, he said, after the Hyatt Riverfront opened to great fanfare in 2001.

exterior of apartment building in LaVilla
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.

Via Mayor Lenny Curry's Office / Haskell and Yves Rathle: studio YVES inc

Amazon has narrowed its list to 20 cities after reviewing 238 proposals for its future second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. Jacksonville didn't make the cut.

Policy Matters: Mark Lamping & Jason Altmire

Nov 14, 2017

In the November episode of Policy Matters host Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars president Mark Lamping about the plans owner Shad Khan has for the redevelopment of the Shipyards and other projects at or near the Sports Complex.

He also spoke with former Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA) about his book “Dead Center” which deals with political polarization in America and what can be done about it. 

Friday on our weekly “First Coast Connect” Media Roundtable, we featured Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Dylan Read, lifestyle director of Shearwater, about Earth Day events Saturday in St. Johns County. HandsOn Jacksonville CEO LeAnn Daddario told us about next Sunday’s Celebrate GOOD Festival and artist Lana Shuttleworth talked about her exhibit being unveiled Friday night at the Space Gallery. 


Wess Holdings LLC

A proposal submitted to the city of Jacksonville would turn downtown’s shipyards and  Metropolitan Park into what developers are calling an “innovation district.”

Spokespeople for companies behind the proposal said their vision includes green park space in front of the river, lots of walkability and what’s called a “jobs factory,” which is a central place for people to develop their ideas into businesses, said Jason Walker of Chattanooga’s EMJ Corporation, which is partnering on the proposal.


Presidium Group

Updated: 6:25 p.m.

A Texas-based real estate developer Presidium Group wants to build a fine art museum, aquarium and a 1,000-foot observation deck on Jacksonville’s vacant Shipyards and Metropolitan Park property. It’s one of three development proposals submitted to the city.


Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on “First Coast Connect” featured Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Christian, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, blogger Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons. We also spoke with Jeff Smith, arts director for the Duval County School District about next week’s Celebration of the Arts and host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with actor and singer Audra McDonald.   


Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we were joined by Downtown Investment Authority Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Board Chair Jim Bailey to bring us an update on several proposed downtown development projects.

We also spoke with Donna Orender and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director of Patrol and Enforcement Michelle Cook about this weekend’s Generation Works project. Travel blogger Judy Wells discussed two large travel shows in New York City. 


  

WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park could soon be developed into a shopping and residential area across from EverBank Field. The city is planning to solicit development proposals starting in January for the park and neighboring Shipyards property.


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