PHOTOS: Shad Khan's proposed Four Seasons development
Shad Khan's proposed Four Seasons development on the St. Johns River will come up for design approval next week before the Downtown Development Review Board.
Renderings of the project, released Thursday, show a hotel, residences and offices on 25 acres between Metropolitan Park and the Shipyards.
The renderings are labeled with the Four Seasons brand, but the Jaguars owner has not yet announced a naming rights agreement with the hotel chain.
The Jaguars and their development arm, Iguana Investments Florida LLC, announced Friday that
Orlando-based PCL Construction will be the project's construction manager, according to the Jacksonville Daily Record, a WJCT News partner. Groundbreaking is scheduled later this year.
PCL Construction has built several Four Seasons properties, JaxDailyRecord reported. They include Shad Khan’s Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler in Colorado and the Four Seasons resorts in Lanai and Ko Olina, Hawaii.
The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously in October to grant $114 million in public incentives for the $321 million project here.
In the report released Thursday, the review board's staff recommends approval of the project when the board meets Thursday. The staff "recommends that the developer continue to work with the DIA staff to ensure that the public’s view of the river provided by these corridors is preserved to the greatest extent possible."
The report notes that building the hotel closer to the river creates "a large urban open space" along Gator Bowl Boulevard that "serves as the entry court to the hotel and office tower but also serves as areas for potential relaxation and provides connections to the Riverwalk."
As for the design, the staff said: "The hotel and office tower are contemporary in design with curved lines, broad roof overhangs, rounded forms, and large expanses of glazing. The curved lines of the office tower along with the bold lines of the hotel create architectural interest but also a perceptible unity."