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DDRB Approves Naval Warship Museum For Downtown Jacksonville

Via Jacksonville Daily Record
This rendering shows the proposed USS Orleck DD-886 Naval Museum site at the Shipyards.

The Downtown Development Review Board approved design plans for a temporary welcome center and office space for USS Orleck DD-886 Naval Museum at the city-owned Shipyards property.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported the DDRB voted 8-0 on Nov. 12 to in favor of a 90-by-50-foot modular building off Pier 1 for the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association’s warship museum.

The board added a condition that the nonprofit return to DDRB in three years to extend approval for a temporary building or submit designs for a permanent center.

The design includes removable landscaping around the structure, a brick walkway from Catherine Street and a ramp leading from the building over the Downtown Northbank Riverwalk onto the ship.

The Downtown Investment Authority asked the Naval Ship Association in January to create something temporary due to other developers’ desires, including Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, to build at the site.

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