Downtown

Downtown Pop-up Holiday Ice Rink On Hold Until 2022

Jul 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Vision Inc. will not bring a pop-up ice rink to Riverfront Plaza for this year’s holiday season.

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News

Outgoing Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri presented the U.S. Marine Corps with a resolution honoring the military branch Monday as their 6-month operation at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, located Downtown, comes to a close.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Demolition is set to begin in about three weeks on the unfinished residential tower known as the Berkman II on Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank, with crews already onsite to start the process.

Three Bids Made For Berkman II Demolition Order

Apr 15, 2021
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II along Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Three out-of-state companies submitted bids as part of the city’s order to demolish the unfinished Berkman Plaza II while a potential developer says his group will buy the site within days.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Changes to shopping habits, fewer people commuting to Downtown Jacksonville offices, and more people enjoying the outdoors will all factor into the Downtown Investment Authority’s upcoming five-year plan, according to DIA CEO Lori Boyer. 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is working with a small group of business and community leaders to come up with quick ways to spur economic development Downtown.

The tent city in Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood near Downtown is pictured on Tuesday.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has successfully relocated 48 people from a Downtown tent city into temporary shelters following the announcement of a major rehousing initiative, but a Downtown encampment remains.

These shipping containers are part of the Ashley St. Container Lofts project.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Construction of the Ashley Street Container Lofts, built from converted shipping containers, in Downtown’s Cathedral District is expected to be finished by the end of the year, despite setbacks.

Magnificat Cafe In Downtown Jacksonville To Permanently Close

Aug 25, 2020
exterior of restaurant
Jacksonville Daily Record

After 17 years in business Downtown, The Magnificat Cafe will close permanently Aug. 28.

Murray Hill Pub Owner To Open 10/Six Grille Below Sweet Pete's Candy Downtown

Sep 6, 2019
exterior of the building
Jacksonville Daily Record

The owner of The Stout Snug in Murray Hill intends to open the 10/Six Grille in the historic Downtown Jacksonville Seminole Building, which is anchored by Sweet Pete’s candy store.

The restaurant will take the former Candy Apple Cafe and MLG space at 400 N. Hogan St.

Jacksonville Daily Record

If you don't know your urban redevelopment past you are doomed to repeat it. In The Jaxson on WJCT, Kelsi Hasden shares a couple of revitalization observations regarding the premature demise of a heavily incentivized proposal to convert the skeleton of Berkman 2 into a hotel and nearby contaminated property into an amusement park and parking garage.

The Jaxson

JEA is preparing to move its headquarters just a few blocks to the southwest in downtown Jacksonville.

But as The Jaxson’s Mike Field tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in this week's segment, the slight move could have a big impact on walkability in the area.

Business Brief: Councilwoman Boyer Wants To Overhaul Downtown Design Standards

Apr 12, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Pending City Council approval this summer, Downtown Jacksonville will be rezoned as a single category, development design standards will be altered and new Downtown district borders will be drawn.

The Jaxson: Is A Dog Park The Right Move For Downtown?

Apr 10, 2019
The Jaxson

Is public input really being considered as downtown Jacksonville is developed? The following is a commentary from WJCT News partner The Jaxson:

As the Main Street Pocket Park is poised to become a dog park, we have to ask: is simply repeating the mistakes of the past really a wise use of taxpayer money?

The Corkscrew in downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

If you haven’t walked the Northbank Riverwalk for a few months you’ll find something new under the pedestrian bridge by the railroad tracks under the Acosta Bridge.

exterior of 215 N. Laura St.
Jacksonville Daily Record

A handful of development projects in downtown Jacksonville were approved this week.

historic photo of exterior in black and white
The Jaxson

An art-deco style building in downtown Jacksonville is set to be demolished and turned into a parking lot.

But as Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in the Jaxson on WJCT, the former Gulf Life Insurance Building deserves to be spared.

The Jaxson

Buildings that interact with the pedestrian at street level, inside and out, are a key ingredient for any retail friendly downtown.

Sports Bar Planned For Old Hourglass Pub & Coffee House Downtown

Nov 2, 2018
exterior of building
Jacksonville Daily Record

A new Manhattan Sports Bar and Lounge will replace the former Hourglass Pub & Coffee House Downtown on Bay Street.

Union Street/Liberty Street intersection
Mark Wray

Downtown Jacksonville’s Union Street is about to get safer for pedestrians who cross at night.

Daily Record

Ian Ranne will be back behind the bar in downtown Jacksonville when he and his partners open The Justice Pub, a law-themed lounge along East Bay Street.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

There’s been bad blood over the last few years between the owners of some food trucks and brick and mortar restaurants downtown over how the trucks should be regulated.


Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Updated 11/2/2017 at 10:15 a.m.

The Downtown Investment Authority is recommending the city spend more than $3 million on downtown apartments in the LaVilla area.

The 5 & Dime Theatre Company

One of Jacksonville’s newest theater companies, the 5 & Dime, is expanding its offerings with a kids’ summer theater camp in downtown Jacksonville.

Matthew Farina / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Public Library unveiled a piece of art Wednesday from Harlem Renaissance sculptor and Jacksonville native Augusta Savage.

Michel Curi

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Arts a $30,000 grant.

Veronica Hall / WJCT

The war between brick and mortar restaurants and food trucks in Jacksonville continues as a committee met at City Hall Wednesday to debate the current legislation that regulates food trucks. Chriss Brown of Jax Truckies offered a pro-food truck standpoint Thursday on First Coast Connect.

Presidium Group

Updated: 6:25 p.m.

A Texas-based real estate developer Presidium Group wants to build a fine art museum, aquarium and a 1,000-foot observation deck on Jacksonville’s vacant Shipyards and Metropolitan Park property. It’s one of three development proposals submitted to the city.


Jeff Wright / Flickr

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Jackson Short is trying to calm fears of downtown safety following two double shootings near the Jacksonville Landing.

 State of Downtown

The latest "State of Downtown" report from Downtown Vision, Inc. details how Jacksonville's city center has fared over the last year.

The last 18 months have seen new development projects, retail recruitment, changing demographics, and more in the urban core.

Downtown Vision, Inc. executive director Jake Gordon joins us to discuss the report and what the future could look like for downtown Jacksonville.

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