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Downtown Jacksonville Mega-Projects Shipyards And District In Limbo

Rendering of The District
The District
A 2015 rendering by the developer shows how The District on the Southbank would have marina along with residential and office buildings on 32 acres of land that is vacant now.

Where the St. Johns River flows through downtown Jacksonville, the barren land known as The Shipyards on the Northbank and the grass-covered tract called The District on the Southbank face each other in mirror images of proposed mega-developments that have yet to break ground after years of trying.

In June, the clock ran out on Jaguars owner Shad Khan's right to negotiate a redevelopment agreement for The Shipyards and Metropolitan Park, the long swath of Northbank riverfront where Khan's plan in 2017 called for condominiums, apartments, hotels, stores, restaurants and marina docks along 70 acres.

Time is running down as well for The District on the Southbank.

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.