The District

Mega-Project The District Gets Back On Track In Downtown Jacksonville

Dec 22, 2020
Rendering of The District
The District

After slogging through the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for downtown Jacksonville could end 2020 on a sweeter note as the mega-development called The District picks up steam in finalizing financing that would enable long-awaited construction to start in 2021.

Downtown Jacksonville Mega-Projects Shipyards And District In Limbo

Aug 26, 2020
Rendering of The District
The District

Where the St. Johns River flows through downtown Jacksonville, the barren land known as The Shipyards on the Northbank and the grass-covered tract called The District on the Southbank face each other in mirror images of proposed mega-developments that have yet to break ground after years of trying.

Business Brief: DIA Gives The District Developers 90-Day Financing Extension

Jan 24, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority is giving developers of The District on Downtown’s Southbank a 90-day extension to obtain financing.

Construction Timeline Becomes Clearer For The District Southbank Development

Oct 4, 2019
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Project planners with The District, a proposed $600 million mixed-use development on the Downtown Southbank, are closer to groundbreaking by starting the permitting phase.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton talked with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about the top 3 business stories he’ll be watching in 2019. 

Developers Of District Close On $18.6 Million Land Purchase From JEA

Jul 13, 2018
The District

Almost four years after Elements of Jacksonville Inc. submitted the winning proposal to purchase the old Southside Generating Station land, the company finally closed the deal by paying $18.6 million to JEA for the riverfront site that city leaders hope will change the downtown skyline by adding residential, office and hotel high-rises.

City Approves Southbank Economic Development Deal For The District

Jun 13, 2018
The District

With City Council approval Tuesday of an economic development agreement, developers of The District, the proposed large-scale, mixed-use development on the Downtown Southbank can now purchase the property from JEA.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

Jacksonville's DIA Approves The District Development Plan For Southbank

Apr 11, 2018

The Downtown Investment Authority on Wednesday unanimously approved "The District," a large-scale development project proposed on vacant JEA property on the south side of the St. Johns River.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union Reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs.

New Proposed Deal For The District Has $56 million In Property Tax Rebates

Mar 26, 2018
The District

A new proposal for turning vacant riverfront land on downtown’s Southbank into an ambitious development called The District would have the city give up to $56 million in property tax rebates and pay up to $26.4 million for constructing public improvements, such as roads and a riverwalk.

exterior of apartment building in LaVilla
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One national trend that’s been bringing residents into urban cores is dense, highly walkable, mixed use developments, but a new report shows the growth rate of this type of project is slowing, after it had grown for several consecutive years.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace said building a new convention center, hotel and parking garage on the site of the old county courthouse and city hall annex should spark more entertainment development projects all the way to the sports complex.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Andrea Wallace about current and upcoming development projects (01:11).   

As we approach International Holocaust Memorial Day we spoke with local third-generation Holocaust survivor Dana Rogozinski (28:03).  

We learned about the upcoming Generation Works project with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Kristi Branden, Chief Development Officer at Hubbard House (36:25).

We met Duval County teachers Stephanie Bellino and Will Smith. They are finalists for the annual EDDY awards along with Zak Champagne who is with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.      

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT business analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan. 

Questions Raised By Proposal Change For The District In Jacksonville

Dec 22, 2017
The District

Once called Healthy Town, a planned development on the Southbank of the St. Johns River now known as "The District" is raising questions at City Hall. 

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Elkus | Manfredi Architects / Provided by Peter Rummell

Developers of a Southbank, multi-use development — called The District — are getting an extra 90-days to hammer out a deal to purchase land from JEA.

San Marco lion fountain
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A long-planned mixed-use development called East San Marco is finally proceeding in the historic Jacksonville neighborhood after building permits were issued last week.

exterior of Murray Hill Theatre
Mike via Flickr

It’s a new year, and I'm predicting big things for Northeast Florida.

Among them: the first sighting of a boom economy in a decade, high consumer confidence, more home construction and gas prices’ staying relatively low.

rendering of The District
Elkus | Manfredi Architects / Provided by Peter Rummell

It's taken almost two years and several name changes to get to this point, but The District developers Peter Rummell and Michael Munz are close to final site plan approval on their proposed mixed-use project on Jacksonville’s Southbank.