Downtown Jacksonville

Jacobs Engineering Pushes For $550M Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center

2 hours ago
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.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

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.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is reviewing renovation plans for Peterbrooke Chocolatier at 100 W. Bay St., the seven-story building that VyStar Credit Union bought next to its 23-story tower.

Pictured: This artist's rendering illustrates the new JEA headquarters planned across from the Duval County Courthouse.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Ryan Companies US Inc. targets an April construction start for its proposed headquarters tower for city utility JEA.

Business Brief: Cordish Executive Shares New Details, Renderings Of Lot J, Shipyards

Mar 5, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan's proposed $2.5 billion Lot J and Jacksonville Shipyards development is a starting point for two decades of development in Downtown's Sports and Entertainment District, said The Cordish Companies Chief Operating Officer Zed Smith.

Business Brief: First Baptist Church Denied Demolition For Downtown Building

Feb 27, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission voted Wednesday to deny First Baptist Church a permit to demolish its Downtown building at 125 W. Church St., but the fate of the structure may not yet be decided.

James P. Citrano, Jr.
DIA

Truist (formerly BB&T bank) Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Manager James P. Citrano, Jr. has been appointed to Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) Board.

$136 Million Spandrel Bid For The Ford On Bay Project Gets DIA Approval

Feb 24, 2020
Rendering: Spandrel Development Partners plans a two-phase project with 520 apartments and up to 74,000 square feet of retail space at the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall annex sites.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A development agreement could go before the Downtown Investment Authority in April now that the DIA has unanimously approved a $136 million bid by New York-based Spandrel Development Partners LLC to build a mixed-use retail and multifamily development at The Ford on Bay. 

First Baptist Plans Lawsuit Opposing Landmark Designation For Building It Wants To Demolish

Feb 24, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

A Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission staff report could lead to a local landmark designation for a First Baptist Church building Downtown and halt its demolition.

Ruby Beach Brewing Moving To Downtown Jacksonville

Feb 12, 2020
Rendering of exterior of Ruby Brewing
Ruby Brewing Co.

Ruby Beach Brewing announced Feb. 11 it would relocate from Jacksonville Beach to Downtown Jacksonville after its Jacksonville Beach building was sold in January, making way for redevelopment.

Jacksonville City Council Approves 1-Year E-scooter, E-bicycle Pilot For Downtown

Feb 12, 2020
Green scooters lined up on an urban street
Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council approved a one-year pilot program on Tuesday that will bring e-scooters and e-bicycles Downtown.

DIA Unveils Proposals To Develop The Ford On Bay

Feb 5, 2020
Spandrel Development Partners / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Two companies vying to develop the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall site, now branded The Ford on Bay, delivered their public pitches Feb. 4.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Demolition of the raised expressway that runs along Metropolitan Park to the Hart Bridge is expected to get underway soon.

Ginny Myrick Sees ‘Vibrant Future’ For Jacksonville's Cathedral District

Jan 24, 2020
Ginny Myrick
Jacksonville Daily Record

Ginny Myrick was president of her government relations firm when a priest at St. John’s Cathedral, where Myrick has been a member for 35 years, asked for help.

Jaguars Already Planning Lot J's Phase II; Total Investment Could Hit $700 Million

Jan 24, 2020
Lot J rendering
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE / VIA JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

Negotiators for Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and the city have not drafted a final deal for his $450 million to $500 million Lot J development, but team leadership already is looking ahead to a possible Phase II.

2 Companies Bid To Redevelop Former Court House, City Hall Annex Sites

Jan 23, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Two companies have submitted bids to redevelop the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall site, now branded The Ford on Bay.

Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union expects to install signs on its 100 W. Bay St. building Downtown during March and start moving employees into the seven-story structure.

Bill Would Allow E-Scooter/E-Bike Businesses In Downtown Jacksonville

Jan 17, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Electric bicycles and scooters could soon give Downtown pedestrians a quicker way to move on the Northbank.

DIA CEO Discusses Plan To Spur More Downtown Jacksonville Restaurants

Jan 17, 2020
Pictured: Downtown workers take to the streets during lunchtime.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer’s proposal to create a dense restaurant and retail district Downtown is part of a larger plan.

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