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Construction Starts On New JEA Downtown Jacksonville Headquarters

Will Dickey
The Florida Times-Union
The first month of JEA headquarters construction has focused on excavating below-ground debris to get the site ready for a foundation.

The rattle and clank of heavy equipment digging inside crater-sized holes leaves no doubt construction has finally begun on a new JEA headquarters building in downtown Jacksonville.

The new headquarters won't bring more employees into downtown because JEA's existing headquarters is just a few blocks away, but the $75 million project marks a rare case of Class A office space being added to the core of downtown's Northbank, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

Construction started more than a year after JEA selected Ryan Companies in April 2019 to build the headquarters, which followed years of studies by the utility about whether to stay in its current building or move.

"This is a long time coming," JEA interim CEO Paul McElroy said in a video for a "virtual groundbreaking" Wednesday.

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