Downtown Jacksonville

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

Jan 14, 2021

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.

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
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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.

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.

DDRB Approves Naval Warship Museum For Downtown Jacksonville

Nov 17, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board approved design plans for a temporary welcome center and office space for USS Orleck DD-886 Naval Museum at the city-owned Shipyards property.

Jaguars Owner Wants To Build Four Seasons Hotel At Metropolitan Park

Nov 12, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping told the Downtown Investment Authority Strategic Implementation Committee on Nov. 12 that Jaguars owner Shad Khan plans to build and own a Four Seasons hotel at what is now Metropolitan Park in Downtown Jacksonville.


On Wednesday the Museum of Science and History unveiled a new illustration of its planned facility across the St. Johns River from its current location.

Developer Wants To Renovate Historic Downtown Jax Julia St. Building And Add 8-Story Apartments

Nov 10, 2020

Augustine Development Group will ask the Downtown Development Review Board for conceptual design approval for a mixed-use restoration of the historic Central National Bank Building.

The Jaxson: 6 Food Halls Proposed For The Urban Core

Nov 4, 2020
exterior of warehouse with "Dennis and Ives" painted on it.
The Jaxson

The national food hall craze appears to be taking Jacksonville’s urban core by storm.

Developer Applies To Impode Unfinished Berkman Plaza II

Oct 29, 2020
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II
Jacksonville Daily Record

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II high-rise Downtown could be headed for implosion.

Mayor Releases Lot J Financial Analysis Commissioned By Jacksonville Jaguars

Oct 23, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A financial impact analysis of the $445 million Lot J development commissioned by the Jacksonville Jaguars shows additional retail space and assumes $402.2 million in tax revenue over 30 years.

Developer Seeks Permit For $34M Union Terminal Redevelopment

Oct 22, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Atlanta-based Columbia Ventures LLC is taking a step forward in its adaptive reuse of the Union Terminal Warehouse.

MOSH Relocation Could depend On Metropolitan Park, Shipyards Swap

Oct 16, 2020
City of Jacksonville file photo / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Museum of Science and History’s plans announced Oct. 15 to relocate and build a new facility at the vacant Shipyards property could hinge on the future of the adjacent Metropolitan Park.

Incomplete Parking Deal Holds Up Lot J Legislation

Oct 14, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A missing parking agreement caused City Council President Tommy Hazouri to pause introduction of legislation authorizing taxpayer funding for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ $445 million Lot J development.

Picture of former Jacksonville Landing lawn

Downtown Vision wants to scare up some family fun with what it’s calling Halloweek, Oct. 26-30.

VyStar To Provide $1M Credit Line To Help Bring USS Orleck To Jacksonville

Oct 8, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union has agreed to provide the primary financing in the nonprofit Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association Inc.’s effort to bring a warship Downtown. 

City's Planned $65.5 Million Loan To Lot J Project Could Take 50 Years To Repay

Oct 7, 2020
This rendering illustrates a portion of the proposed Lot J Live! entertainment complex.
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city’s proposed $218 million incentives package for the Jacksonville Jaguars and its project partners to develop Lot J includes a $65.5 million, interest-free loan that would be repaid after 50 years.

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.