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Jaguars’ Redevelopment Plan ‘Very Good,’ Says Carlucci; Community Huddles Scheduled

This reventuring illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.
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This reventuring illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.

At-Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci said his biggest concern with the Jaguars’ failed Lot J proposal was a lack of transparency. But times have changed. 

In a tweet on Sunday, Carlucci said the Jaguars’ latest plan to redevelop the Shipyards and part of the sports complex area is “much different and very transparent and upfront. It’s a very good plan.”

Carlucci was among the seven council members who voted in January against a $245.3 million taxpayer incentive package that would have seen Lot J at the sports complex turned into an entertainment and mixed-used complex.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s new plan would see $441 million spent to build a Four Seasons hotel, office building, sports performance center and more at the former riverfront Shipyards and at the sports complex down the street. That's just Phase 1. 

Unlike the process for the Lot J deal, this time the Jaguars have announced a series of 14 community meetings, called Community Huddles, to answer questions about the proposal, called 1st Downtown Jacksonville.

The huddles will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m., with Jaguars staff on hand to do presentations. 

Community Huddles: Dates, Locations


  • Tuesday, June 15  at Regency Square Branch Library,  9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

Nassau County

  • Wednesday, June 16 at Fernandina Beach Branch Library, 25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

San Marco         

  • Wednesday, June 16 at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 6133 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217

Town Center     

  • Thursday, June 17  at Southeast Regional Library,  10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256


  • Thursday, June 17  at  Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

Clay County

  • Thursday, June 17, The Lake Asbury Community Association Building / Community Center,  282 Branscomb Road, Lake Asbury, FL 32043


  • Monday, June 21  at Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, FL 32266


  • Monday, June 21 at West Branch Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221


  • Monday, June 21 at Willow Branch Public Library,  2875 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32205


  • Tuesday, June 22, at South Mandarin Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

St. Johns 

  • Tuesday, June 22  at Bartram Trail Branch Library,  60 David Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, FL 32259


  • Tuesday, June 22  at Bradham and Brooks Branch Library,  1755 Edgewood Ave. W., Jacksonville, FL 32208


  • Wednesday, June 23  at Charles Webb Wesconnett Library,  6887 103rd St., Jacksonville, FL 32210


  • Thursday, June 24  at  TIAA Bank Field - Upper East Club, 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record has reported that the Downtown Investment Authority is still evaluating the proposal but that a DIA Phase 1 term sheet shows $93.58 million in direct public incentives with a $1.20 return for every $1 the city invests.

DIA CEO Lori Boyer told the Record she wants to take the deal to the full DIA board in early July. After that, the proposal would head to City Council.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax. Bill 

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.