Downtown Jacksonville

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Sept. 24 for Ruby Beach Brewing Co. to renovate space for its Downtown brewery in The Letter Shop Building at 228 E. Forsyth St.

City Council To Consider Armory Redevelopment Agreement With Planned $23M Investment

Sep 21, 2020
The Armory Building at 815 N. Market Street.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council will consider approving a lease and redevelopment agreement between the city and REVA Development Corp. for the Armory Building and an adjacent 3-acre site at its Sept. 22 meeting. 

DIA To Ask National Park Service For Metropolitan Park, Shipyards Swap

Sep 14, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority wants the National Park Service to consider trading Metropolitan Park for the city-owned Shipyards property.

This rendering illustrates the planned Martiime 618 on Adams St. in Downtown Jacksonville.

Capt. Sandy Yawn, a star of Bravo TV's Below Deck Mediterranean series, is moving forward with plans to open a new Downtown Jacksonville restaurant and rooftop bar by announcing a name, website and renovation timeline.

Potential Buyers Want To Demolish Unfinished Berkman II, Redevelop Property

Sep 10, 2020
KBJ Architects, Inc. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Berkman Plaza II could soon be sold, according to one of the owners of the unfinished Downtown structure.

Main St. Bridge Ramp Next To Landing Site To Be Demolished In 2021

Sep 8, 2020
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

When bulldozers knocked down the Jacksonville Landing, the nearby on-ramp to the Main Street bridge gave motorists, joggers, walkers and cyclists an up-close view of the demolition as they passed by it on daily commutes and workouts.

exterior of the hotel
The Jaxson

The Omni hotel is looking to sell its Downtown property in Jacksonville.

As The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis tells WJCT’s Jessica Palombo, the move could open up an opportunity for improving Downtown by allowing a new hotel owner to come in and renovate a notoriously “pedestrian hostile” piece of the Northbank.

Read more from Ennis Davis on the Omni property at The Jaxson.


DIA CEO: Khan’s Shipyard Proposal Expiration Does Not Mean ‘Change In Interest Level’

Aug 20, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer told the DIA board Aug. 19 that although Iguana Investments Florida LLC’s proposal to develop the Shipyards property has expired, “that should not be interpreted as a change in interest level by Iguana, Mr. Khan or anyone else” to develop the property. 

Bill Withdrawn To Reimburse Federal Grant Money For Metropolitan Park

Aug 18, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council’s Finance Committee voted unanimously Aug. 18 to withdraw Ordinance 2020-0555.

Curry Administration to Withdraw Metroplitan Park Bill

Aug 11, 2020
A letter from Paul Harden to the City Council included this map showing a potential new site for Metropolitan Park west of its current location.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration will withdraw a bill that refunds $1.725 million in federal grant funding instead of finding a replacement for Metropolitan Park Downtown.

MOCA Jacksonville is reopening on a limited basis.
Julianne Dragunat / Via MOCA Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville’s management has taken a slow, cautious approach to its reopening, which kicks off Tuesday, August 11.

The Federal Reserve Bank Building at 424 N Hogan St
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown investor JWB Real Estate Capital bought the Federal Reserve Bank Building at 424 N Hogan St.

Synergy Technologies To Add 300 Jobs In Jacksonville

Aug 5, 2020
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Synergy Technologies LLC, which was code-named project Skateboard, will add 300 jobs to its Jacksonville operation, according to an Aug. 4 JAXUSA Partnership news release.

Visit Jacksonville

The Florida Theatre's management has decided the perfect time to get some renovation work out of the way is now, while it is closed due to COVID-19.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Owners of the historic Seminole Building Downtown are setting the stage to branch into weddings, as well as other events.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Downtown Vision is hoping to help jump-start some commerce for Downtown Jacksonville businesses hit hard by the pandemic with a new gift card program.

DIA Board Rejects Unsolicited Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center Bid

Jul 17, 2020
This artist's rendering illustrates the proposed riverfront convention center on Downtown Jacksonville's Northbank.
Jacobs Engineering Group / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority board voted 8-0 July 15 to reject an unsolicited proposal for a $550 million convention center at The Ford on Bay riverfront site.

Jacobs Engineering Pushes For $550M Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center

Jul 15, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A development team led by Jacobs Engineering Group resubmitted a $550 million unsolicited proposal to the city for a convention center at The Ford on Bay site as the Downtown Investment Authority prepares to vote on rejecting the proposal July 15.

Developer Pays $2.6M For JEA HQ Site; Groundbreaking Set For September

Jul 1, 2020
Rendering of JEA's new headquarters.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Minneapolis-based developer closed on 1.5 acres to build JEA’s next corporate headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

Fireworks are pictured being launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.

This year the city of Jacksonville is expanding its fireworks show to six locations around town.

Ruby Beach Says It Will Be Able To Begin Brewing In Downtown Jax Within Weeks

Jun 19, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is reviewing a building permit application for the site of Ruby Beach Brewing Co. at 228 E. Forsyth St. Downtown.

DDR Board Signs Off On Smaller Downtown Jacksonville JEA Headquarters

Jun 15, 2020
This drawing shows the west elevation of the smaller JEA headquarters design.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

In a special meeting May 21, the JEA board unanimously approved plans for a six-story headquarters with 153,000 rentable square feet, and amended a lease agreement with Ryan to reduce the utility’s gross rent cost by $27 million over 15 years and lower construction costs by $10 million to $14 million.

DIA Committee Approves Independent Life Building Redevelopment Grant

Jun 11, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Augustine Development Group’s request for a $3 million Historic Preservation Trust Fund grant to redevelop the Independent Life Building will move to the full Downtown Investment Authority board for final approval.

DIA’s Strategic Implementation Committee voted unanimously June 11 to approve the term sheet for the grant, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Jacksonville Daily Record

By the end of August, the corner of the Water Street Garage at the base of the Acosta Bridge might look anything but pedestrian.


It’s looking more likely that the Republican National Convention will be moved to Jacksonville in August.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The Confederate monument in Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville was removed early Tuesday morning before sunrise.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Amid a week filled with protests in Jacksonville – and across the country – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday he will be taking part in a walk next week.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters outside of Jacksonville City Hall, marching with signs.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

David Sollars didn’t intend to organize a peaceful protest that stretched more than four blocks in  Downtown Jacksonville Tuesday evening. 

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT NEWS

City spokesman James Croft said May 11 that the sodded Jacksonvlle Landing site Downtown will be available for events before it is redeveloped.

TIAA Offers Voluntary Separation To 75% of US Employees

May 12, 2020
exterior of the building
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

TIAA, which acquired Jacksonville-based EverBank Financial Corp. three years ago, is offering voluntary separation packages to 75% of its U.S. employees.