Shipyards

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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. 


  

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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.


Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly media roundtable included Sebastian Kitchen from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Congaree and Penn farm owner Scott Meyer told us about Sunday’s Christmas at Congaree event on the farm and Jacksonville singer-songwriter Stacey Bennett from the band Folk Is People talked about their new album and some upcoming concerts. 


         

Friday on First Coast Connect, our Media Roundtable panel included Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods and WJCT business analyst John Burr. CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Paul Martinez spoke about Saturday’s inaugural Collard Green Festival at the organization’s Woodland Acres Club Farm, and Museum of Science and History Executive Director Maria Hane told us about Saturday’s MOSH Bash, celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary. 


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Artifacts for the future USS Adams Museum arrived in Jacksonville Monday. The future Jacksonville museum is being billed as Florida’s first aboard a naval warship.

David Suckow says he was one of the first to serve on the USS Conyngham in the early 1960s. Now, 50 years later, he and other naval veterans are bringing together artifacts that will be part of the proposed USS Adams Museum in downtown Jacksonville.

Adams-class ships were guided missile destroyers. The navy built 22 of them in the late ‘50s, and the USS Charles F. Adams is the only one left. Museum CEO

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and John Burr, WJCT business analyst.

Topics include the competing bids to revamp Jacksonville's Shipyards property, updates in the city's mayoral race and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

Populous

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority Board is considering two proposals for developing the vacant riverfront property known as the Shipyards. The latest—from a luxury yacht company—imposes little cost on the city, though the company is asking to purchase the land at well below market value.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Eric Smith, "People and Politics" host; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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Today Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority had its first discussion about Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s shipyards proposal. Through his Iguana Investments company, Khan wants to revamp the 48-acre vacant lot on the banks of the St. Johns to include a practice field for the Jaguars, an office park, apartments, retail, hotels, hundreds of marina slips and mooring space for a retired warship, the U.S.S. Adams.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Eric Smith, "People and Politics" host; Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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Jacksonville is buzzing about plans unveiled this week by Jaguars owner Shad Khan to transform Downtown. It’s a massive entertainment, residential and business district along the North Bank of the St. Johns River.

Khan’s is far from the first proposal for the former shipyards property, and most have failed. But Jacksonville Business Journal Editor John Burr says he’s optimistic this time will be different.

Populous

During the State of the Jaguars annual press conference, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced major plans for the Shipyards. Before discussing his vision, Khan admitted that the Shipyards property, which extends along the north bank of the St. Johns River from Berkman Plaza to Metropolitan Park, has seen its share of disappointments over the years.

There have been "lawsuits, bankruptcies, and too many failed attempts really to mention," Khan said. “We could even call it the Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

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