In early 2020, the Downtown Investment Authority could begin a program to promote a dense corridor of restaurants in vacant ground-floor spaces in the Northbank core.
DIA CEO Lori Boyer says she’s working on a plan that will either modify the authority’s existing Retail Enhancement Grant Program or create an initiative to provide financial assistance targeting restaurants and businesses with higher build-out costs.
The plan will include a marketing campaign, connecting building and restaurant owners with Downtown Vision Inc. and jaxrestaurantreviews.com to reach potential customers citywide and bring them Downtown.
In an interview Oct. 25, Boyer said a written proposal should be in front of the DIA board for approval by February, and she wants at least five storefronts filled by summer 2021.
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