City procurement officials selected three national firms March 18 to compete for the contract to design a public riverfront park at the former Jacksonville Landing site.
WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the city Professional Services Evaluation Committee voted 3-0 to select the companies that each will be paid $125,000 to complete 50% of the design work for a minimum 4.5-acre park for the site at 2 Independent Drive W., now called Riverfront Plaza. One of the designs will be selected to complete its design.
The firms are:
• Agency Landscape + Planning LLC of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company’s work includes phase one of the 10-acre Bay Park in Sarasota and the 2015 Downtown Experience plan in Raleigh, North Carolina.
• Olin Partnership Ltd. of Philadelphia. Olin is designing a 1.2-mile stretch of riverfront in Alexandria, Virginia, and in 1991 designed Bryant Park’s restoration in New York City.
• Perkins & Will Inc. of Chicago. The company’s work includes historic Emancipation Park in Houston and Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky.
An expanded version of this story at JaxDailyRecord.com includes rendering samples of other projects the companies are working on.