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Public-Private Partnership Brings Entertainment Plaza Near Downtown Jacksonville

Kevin Meerschaert

Plans are coming together for a new entertainment plaza in Jacksonville's Brooklyn neighborhood.

Unity Plaza will be a public park next to the apartment and retail development 220 Riverside, which is currently under construction.

The developers, Hallmark Partners, donated the land to the city and formed a non-profit organization to program more than 260 days of events each year.

Credit Unity Plaza Inc.
Jen Jones named Executive Director of Unity Plaza

They’ve hired local art consultant Jen Jones as Executive Director. Jones says she will organize events that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The 220 Riverside project includes 294 apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

Unity Plaza and 220 Riverside are expected to open in the  summer of 2014.


Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.