Downtown Development

A digital rendering of the development planned for 500 E. Bay Street
KBJ Architects

The Downtown Jacksonville eyesore on the Northbank known as the Berkman II is coming down, and details have been released about what’s going up in its place. 

rendering of the development
The Jaxson

The amount of foot traffic in Downtown Jacksonville fell to an all-time low last year, as the pandemic slowed the growth of downtowns across the country.

The Jaxson: River City Brewing Redevelopment Should Be Mixed Use

Oct 8, 2020
Downtown Investment Authority


The proposed $93 million redevelopment of the River City Brewing Company site into apartments is an idea worth exploring – but removing one of Downtown's last riverfront dining spaces without replacing it isn't a net gain. Fortunately, there's an easy solution: make it mixed use.

JWB Real Estate Company via The Jaxson


On Thursday, Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Review Board will consider plans to convert two historic buildings into mixed-use developments, part of a plan to bring density and vibrancy to the Hogan Street corridor.

backhoe sits atop large sand pile in front of crumbling building
The Jaxson


The Jacksonville City Council is expected to be asked soon to approve a plan by the Downtown Investment Authority that’s meant to save historic buildings from the wrecking ball.

Business Brief: DIA CEO Working On Incentives To Bring Restaurants Downtown

Nov 8, 2019
People stand on corners at Hogan Street
Jacksonville Daily Record

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.

Business Brief: Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority CEO Interviews Set

May 10, 2019
City Hall exterior
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Public interviews for the next Downtown Investment Authority CEO are on Wednesday, May 15, at City Hall.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Landing is set to be at least partly demolished under a settlement the City Council approved last week.

As the city considers what’s next for the waterfront property, The Jaxson’s Mike Field wants us to think about this: Except for one parking garage, there hasn’t been any new, private construction on downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank in close to two decades. 

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

More than a dozen people attended the Florida Department of Transportation’s open house in Riverside Thursday evening to voice concerns about the proposed removal of the Hart Bridge ramps into downtown and expansion of Gator Bowl Boulevard in front of TIAA Bank Field.

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.

Via The Jackson

The proposed Hyatt Place hotel across from the Jacksonville Landing serves as an example of how community awareness and advocacy can reshape decisions at the planning level that then incrementally lead to a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly outcome.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Our Friday First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duval, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Topics included

Hyatt Place Hotel Proposed Across From Jacksonville Landing

Aug 20, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will review a pair of hotel projects at its monthly meeting Thursday.

Berkman Plaza II Sells For $4.75 Million; Will Be Hotel And Entertainment Center

Jul 19, 2018
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II along Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The vacant and unfinished Berkman Plaza II sold for $4.75 million to 500 East Bay LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Odhe of Daytona Beach.

sidewalk and building on Hogan Street
Modern Cities

A city proposal would put a protected bike lane along Hogan and Laura streets in downtown Jacksonville.

Kelsi Hasden with The Jaxson told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how that could spur development in that area. That’s this week’s Business Brief.

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.

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.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

Long-awaited plans to build a new convention center in downtown Jacksonville could finally be moving ahead.

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. 


Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A proposed downtown Jacksonville hotel Thursday took another step toward becoming reality.

Exterior of Engine 15 Brewery
Modern Cities

A group of business owners is trying to drum up interest in what they’re calling Jacksonville’s “Rail Yard District” just west of downtown.

The Jaxson co-founder Mike Field says their hope is to breathe new life into a once-booming wholesale district. 


LoneStarMike / Wikimedia Commons

The heart of Jacksonville’s downtown could be getting a hotel, apartment space, retail, offices, dining options and a rooftop bar.

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority recommended Wednesday nearly $10 million in city incentives for the developers of four historic buildings near Hemming Park.


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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

City officials celebrated a construction milestone, officially “topping off” the soon-to-be steakhouse Friday.

Building developers raised an American flag beside an evergreen tree placed at the highest point of the building.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

This could be the last week a popular downtown eatery has its doors open on Adams Street. The quirky sandwich shop Chomp Chomp is relocating to Avondale this month. At the same time, neighboring Burro Bar is closing for good.

For this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr and WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo headed downtown to find out what the moves mean for the entertainment district called The Elbow.


Bonnie Zerr / WJCT News

Around 70 "creators" have signed up to compete in next month’s much shorter Jacksonville One Spark Festival.

The projects will compete for eyes, investment and customers for one day in early April.


The local activist group Families of Slain Children held a conference Monday about the ongoing issue of gun violence in Jacksonville following the shooting death of a 22-month-old boy on the city's Eastside.

There’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder of Aiden Michael McClendon.

We speak with Families of Slain Children founder and CEO Beverly McClain.


exterior of building
John Burr

The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.


The Downtown Investment Authority is asking for community input at a public meeting this week on what should be done to redevelop the Jacksonville Landing in downtown. We discuss what could be in store for the Landing, and issues facing downtown in general, with Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor, and Doris Goldstein, Downtown Investment Authority board member.

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