Downtown Jacksonville

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown investors Jim and Ellen Wiss, through AWP331 LLC, bought more Downtown property from First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the Wisses paid $292,500 on March 8 for the parking lot of the warehouse purchased the same day by JWB Real Estate Capital at 331 W. Ashley St.

JWB and the Wisses are allowing the building and parking lot to be used temporarily for homeless services.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Independent Drive ramp to the southbound Main Street Bridge will close permanently April 15 as crews prepare to demolish it, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Olio Owner Lists His Downtown Jacksonville Restaurant Space For Sale

Mar 31, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Olio owner Greg DeSanto is contemplating several options for the future of his Downtown restaurant, including a possible sale.

Post-COVID Hybrid Workplace Affecting JEA Facility Planning

Mar 29, 2021
An artist's rendering of the JEA headquarters under construction at 225 N. Pearl St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
VIA THE JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

JEA employees will return to the utility’s administrative offices in July as the COVID-19 pandemic eases, but will have opportunities to work remotely, CEO Jay Stowe said.

3 National Firms Selected In Landing Site Riverfront Park Design Competition

Mar 18, 2021
The site of the former Jacksonville Landing.
Jacksonville Daily Record

City procurement officials selected three national firms March 18 to compete for the contract to design a public riverfront park at the former Jacksonville Landing site.

DIA Approves $24.7M Laura Street Trio Loan Package

Mar 18, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority board voted  9-0 March 17 to approve a $24.67 million taxpayer-backed incentive package to partially finance SouthEast Development Group LLC’s planned historic Laura Street Trio renovation.

Estrella Cocina

A new SoCal-style Mexican rooftop restaurant and bar will be opening in the spring atop the VyStar building at 100 W. Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.

Proposed Laura St. Trio Deal Includes $24.67M In Forgivable, Deferred Loans

Mar 9, 2021
An artist's rendering of the renovated Laura Street Trio at 51 W. Forsyth St.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

SouthEast Development Group LLC’s plans to renovate the historic Laura Street Trio Downtown could receive $24.67 million in city-backed incentives under a proposed deal with the Downtown Investment Authority.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

A group focused on revitalizing Jacksonville’s urban core is addressing development, transportation, and, most recently, homelessness.

City of Jacksonville

The e-scooter rental craze has officially kicked off in Jacksonville.

Boss Of The Sauce BBQ Festival, National Competition Coming To Downtown Jax

Mar 3, 2021
Riverfront Plaza is the former site of the Jacksonville Landing.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Boss of Sauce BBQ Festival has announced its World Championship qualifying barbecue competition is coming to Downtown Jacksonville. 

Potential Berkman Plaza II Developer Says City Demolition Order Hindering Sale

Feb 24, 2021
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II at 500 E. Bay St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Park Beeler, the co-managing member of developer Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization, told a City Council and Downtown Investment Authority joint workshop Feb. 23 that his company intends to buy the unfinished Berkman Plaza II within two weeks and start demolition at the end of March.

First Baptist Church Rendering Shows Exterior Refresh

Feb 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown’s First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will give the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium an exterior face-lift as part of a $1.78 million renovation.

New Downtown Jacksonville Concert Venue With Rooftop Bar Planned

Feb 5, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will consider conceptual approval Feb. 11 for Project 323, a proposed concert venue and rooftop bar at 323 E. Bay St.

New Laura Street Trio Renderings Show Redevelopment In 2 Phases

Jan 22, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Laura Street Trio developer SouthEast Development Group LLC has released its latest designs for a two-phase redevelopment of the Downtown property.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority is taking design proposals to develop Riverfront Plaza, the grassy area where the Jacksonville Landing shopping mall complex stood for more than 30 years.

National Park Service Rejected Shipyards, Metropolitan Park Swap In December

Jan 21, 2021
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has proposed building a Four Seasons hotel at the site of Metropolitan Park as illustrated in this rendering.
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A National Park Service decision complicates Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s plans to develop the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park.

Now That Lot J Deal Is Dead, Here's What's Next

Jan 14, 2021
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Now that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is “pulling the plug” on Lot J, team President Mark Lamping says Khan wants to advance his $535 million plan to redevelop Metropolitan Park and the Shipyards.

DIA Committee Advances Proposed Downtown Jacksonville On-Street Parking Rate Increases

Jan 13, 2021
The Jacksonville Daily Record

A Downtown Investment Authority committee advanced a proposed parking rate increase Jan. 12 for on-street metered parking in areas of the Northbank deemed high-demand. 

Berkman Plaza II Headed For Conventional Demolition; New High Rise Planned

Jan 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The developer that wants to raze the unfinished Berkman Plaza II on the St. Johns Riverfront Downtown no longer plans to implode the high-rise.

The Bank of America tower, Jacksonville's tallest office high-rise, is changing hands.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Group RMC of New York City bought Jacksonville’s tallest office high-rise – the 42-story Bank of America Tower – and two other Downtown buildings Dec. 15 for $75.5 million.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News


People who live or work in Downtown Jacksonville are being asked to take a survey on what the experience is like.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Owners of the historic Seminole Building Downtown applied to the city for a permit to build a rooftop patio on the third floor of the three-story building at 400 N. Hogan St.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union applied to the city for a permit to renovate the breezeway at its Downtown headquarters campus at a cost of $1.62 million.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Owners of the historic Central Fire Station Building Downtown seek conceptual approval from the Downtown Development Review Board for adaptive reuse of the two-story structure at 39 E. Adams St.

Documents Indicate DIA Wants Final Jacksonville Landing Park Design By August

Nov 25, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Draft documents from the Downtown Investment Authority show the city plans to spend up to $300,000 to solicit designs for a minimum 4.5-acre riverfront “park/plaza” at the former Jacksonville Landing site.

DIA To Discuss, Vote On $450M Lot J Proposal Dec. 2

Nov 25, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority’s staff report on Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $450 million Lot J proposal will be complete no later than Dec. 1, according to the agency.

$3M Grant Bill Filed For Planned $30M Independent Life Building Renovation

Nov 23, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council is the next stop for Augustine Development Group affiliate PEP10 LLC’s $3 million historic grant request for its proposed restoration of the former Independent Life Building Downtown.

Pictured is the fireworks display that took place immediately following the 2019 Downtown Jacksonville boat parade.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville kicks off the holiday season next Saturday, November 28, with the annual Light Boat Parade along the St. Johns River.

DIA Wants Landing Site To Start With Park

Nov 19, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority wants to secure designs for a minimum 4.5-acre public park at the former Jacksonville Landing site before putting the remaining property on the market for development.

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