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CEO: JEA Plans To Move Forward With New Downtown Headquarters, Even If Sold

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This rendering shows JEA's plan for a new headquarters building across from the Duval County Courthouse.

Recent attention on JEA has centered on the nine companies bidding to buy the utility.

But at Tuesday's board meeting, other aspects that could affect customers and rates took center stage, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.

JEA CEO Aaron Zahn said the future of JEA put plans to build a new headquarters downtown near the courthouse on hold. Zahn told the board and the developer at the meeting that the hold is no longer necessary and the utility is ready to move ahead. 

Zahn said the bidders all are aware of the project and would be agreeable if they are accepted.

"What we do know is that we have enough certainty financially that we should be able to commit to that project in downtown for our employees and for the downtown development," Zahn said.

Zahn told News4Jax that customers should also expect to be see a rate increase coming. For more on that, see the expanded version of this story at News4Jax.com.