Downtown Development

Marissa Alexander, the Shipyards and Quality Education for All are in the headlines today.

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Full redevelopment could be in store for one of Jacksonville’s best known waterfront venues, and the Bold City isn’t the only metro hoping to capitalize on a waterfront business revival.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joined other local dignitaries Wednesday afternoon to break ground on the new Shoppes on Riverside in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood.

Pension reform, gun laws, and Jameis Winston are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Historical Society

Although the city of Jacksonville has begun foreclosure procedures on the Bostwick Building downtown, officials don’t expect that to happen with other empty buildings downtown. They’re looking at other ways to spur downtown redevelopment.

Downtown advocates said the Bostwick situation is unique because the Bostwick family was looking to demolish the historic building and a potential buyer had come forward.

Foreclosure proceedings are difficult and time consuming.

Mayor Alvin Brown said he wants to work with building owners and developers on other projects.

Food stamps, Zeljko Causevic, and Tim Tebow are in the headlines today.

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Jacksonville’s new Downtown Investment Authority is kicking off a series of community meetings this week. They want the public input on a new plan for the city's Urban Core.

The meetings are a chance for residents to speak out about what they think are the most important issues related to downtown development — whether that means housing, streetscape improvements, parks and recreation, business recruitment, or all of the above.

Jacksonville Civic Council

The Jacksonville Civic Council is tackling the city’s most pressing issues, from pension reform to downtown development, in order to bring business advice and perspective to public policies.

Council executive director Jeanne Miller said the future of the First Coast looks bright because of those efforts.

The group, formed in 2010, is composed of about 65 local CEO’s who have been extraordinarily successful in their careers, building businesses and giving back to the community. Together, they employ more than 10,000 people in Jacksonville.

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Plans are coming together for a new entertainment plaza in Jacksonville's Brooklyn neighborhood.

Unity Plaza will be a public park next to the apartment and retail development 220 Riverside, which is currently under construction.

The developers, Hallmark Partners, donated the land to the city and formed a non-profit organization to program more than 260 days of events each year.

They’ve hired local art consultant Jen Jones as Executive Director. Jones says she will organize events that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.