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The Jaxson: These Areas Will Be Development Hot Spots In 2018

Modern Cities
A craft brewery is planned for the former Mt. Calvary Baptist Church at 301 Spruce St. in Brooklyn. This architect's rendering shows plans for an attached restaurant at the corner of Dora and Chelsea streets.

A new year promises to bring lots of new development to Jacksonville’s Urban Core.

Bill Delaney of The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about some of the major projects on the horizon.

The Shipyards/Metropolitan Park Development

In July 2017, Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping took Mayor Lenny Curry and Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa on a cross-country trip to tour mixed-use entertainment projects adjacent to sports facilities by the Cordish Companies. At the time, Lamping stated that "They're one of the developers that are interested in helping us." In early December, Mayor Curry went as far as to hint about a possible entertainment district coming soon to downtown. That's after Khan's company was selected to transform the former Shipyards property along the St. Johns River. 

To read about more projects coming to the neighborhoods of LaVilla, San Marco, St. Nicholas and Brooklyn, visit Modern Cities.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP