Council Approves $3.5M Completion Grant For Florida Blue Garage
Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.5 million city-backed construction completion grant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc.’s Brooklyn parking garage at 800 Forest St.
Council voted 18-0 to approve Ordinance 2020-0756 that appropriates the grant for the insurance company’s four-level, 869-space, 269,080-square-foot garage that’s now complete.
The grant is tied to Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s $156 million, 12-story headquarters under construction at 347 Riverside Ave.
The Downtown Investment Authority offered Florida Blue the taxpayer incentive and the city-owned Forest Street property so that the insurer could make its former 4½-acre riverfront surface lot available for the FIS project.
Danis Builders LLC broke ground on Florida Blue’s $225 million garage in January 2020.
An expanded version of this story that includes a map showing how the city will realign traffic for the new FIS headquarters is at JaxDailyRecord.com.