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DIA Wants Landing Site To Start With Park

Jacksonville Daily Record
A public park could be the first step in redeveloping the Jacksonville Landing site Downtown.

The Downtown Investment Authority wants to secure designs for a minimum 4.5-acre public park at the former Jacksonville Landing site before putting the remaining property on the market for development.

The DIA filed a draft request for proposals to the city Procurement Division for review that solicits designs for park space at the site’s St. Johns riverfront area and Laura Street corridor, according to CEO Lori Boyer.

At the DIA board’s Nov. 18 meeting, Boyer outlined plans to create three design teams to generate options for the vacant city-owned green space at 2 Independent Drive W., according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

In an interview Nov. 11, Boyer said the DIA is prioritizing public space at what the city now is calling “Riverfront Plaza.”

“I don’t want to put those (development parcels) into the marketplace until we have some preliminary design done on the public space,” she said. “I don’t want it to just be a lawn of a private space.”

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