The Museum of Science and History’s plans announced Oct. 15 to relocate and build a new facility at the vacant Shipyards property could hinge on the future of the adjacent Metropolitan Park.
WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily News reports the city-owned Shipyards is not immediately available for MOSH - or anyone - to develop, Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer said Oct. 15.
MOSH said its plan to build at the Shipyards will replace its effort to renovate at 1025 Museum Circle on the Downtown Southbank.
The Shipyards and Metropolitan Park are across the St. Johns River on the Downtown Northbank.
The DIA is waiting for the National Park Service to decide if the city can swap Metropolitan Park for Shipyards property to satisfy the requirements of a 1981 grant agreement that prohibits selling the 24.7-acre park without a comparable replacement.
The 45.28-acre Shipyards is west of Metropolitan Park and east of the unfinished Berkman Plaza II.
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