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Redevelopment Of Old Times-Union Property Gets More Review By DIA For Restaurant

City of Jacksonville
Via Florida Times-Union
A conceptual plan for redevelopment of 1 Riverside Ave. shows how apartment buildings, a grocery store, a parking garage and Retail space would fit.

The Downtown Investment Authority tabled a vote Wednesday on a development deal for the old Florida Times-Union building's property so DIA staff can talk more with Fuqua Development about adding a riverfront restaurant that  might require several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer assistance.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reported the discussion had shades of another proposed downtown development on the site of the now-closed River City Brewing restaurant that will build hundreds of apartments but did not initially have a new restaurant as part of it.

For that Southbank development, thecity agreed to provide a $500,000 grant or 50% of the actual construction cost, whichever is less, to entice Related Group to add a restaurant.

In the case of the old Times-Union property, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood just west of the Acosta Bridge, DIA board members discussed paying half the cost for a new restaurant with the city's expense capped at $750,000.

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