City spokesman James Croft said May 11 that the sodded Jacksonvlle Landing site Downtown will be available for events before it is redeveloped.
“The site will be a public greenspace for a period, like the Ford on Bay site following the old City Hall demolition, and can be reserved and permitted for special events by the City,” Croft said in an email to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Croft is the city assistant director of public affairs. Ford on Bay is the sodded site of the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall on the waterfront along East Bay Street. A deal is pending with Spandrel Development Partners LLC of New York city to redevelop the site with apartments and retail space.
Croft said that after sodding is completed, the Downtown Investment Authority will focus on the design of the Landing space at 2 Independent Drive on the Downtown Northbank.
He said the DIA then will “issue notices of disposition for private development of the two development parcels abutting the Water Street/Independent Drive that frame the public space.”
The site is expected to feature private development on two pads with green and hardscape public space at the center and pedestrian access at the St. Johns riverbank with views of the water.
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