Downtown Jacksonville

Rock 'Em Socks

Love it or hate it, the giant sculpture proposed for Downtown Jacksonville is generating plenty of buzz, which has an Orlando-based sock company cashing in.

$24.67M Laura Street Trio Incentives Deal Advances To Jax City Council

Jul 13, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A $24.67 million taxpayer incentives package for SouthEast Development Group LLC’s plans to renovate the historic Laura Street Trio in Downtown Jacksonville is headed to City Council. 

DIA Approves $114M Deal For Jaguars' Four Seasons-Anchored Project

Jul 8, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Downtown Investment Authority has voted 8-0 to approve terms for a $114 million incentive agreement with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan for his plan to build a Four Seasons hotel and office building at the former Kids Kampus along the Downtown riverfront. 

Sweet Pete's Announces Opening Of 'Fizzies & Fare' Downtown

Jul 6, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Sweet Pete’s says on its website that the “sweet dining experience” called “Fizzies & Fare” will open soon at the 400 N. Hogan St. building in Downtown Jacksonville where its candy shop is based.

VyStar Applies To Build $21M Downtown Jacksonville Parking Garage

Jun 28, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is reviewing a permit application for VyStar Credit Union to build a proposed parking garage at 28 W. Forsyth St. Downtown at a cost of $21 million.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

An unidentified financial technology company proposes to expand into Jacksonville and create 673 full-time jobs by year-end 2024 at an average wage of $97,000.

Ice Rink Events / Via Facebook

An outdoor ice skating rink might be coming to Downtown Jacksonville’s riverfront this holiday season, if a Downtown nonprofit can make it work.

Rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced new development plans for Downtown Jacksonville and the Shipyards that include a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, an office building, a sports medicine complex and improvements to the city-owned marina and public spaces and officials say environmental considerations will be a “real priority” for the project.

This rendering illustrates a vision for the site of the former Jacksonville Landing.
SouthEast Development Group

The Jacksonville developers that brought the Barnett tower back to life want the city to rally around a nearly $1.1 billion redevelopment master plan they are proposing for Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank riverfront.

Northcore/NoCo logos
Downtown Investment Authority

Can you picture this? You and a friend are deciding where to meet for lunch near Downtown Jacksonville, and she says, “Hmm, how about somewhere in SoBa?”

SoBa, as in the Southbank. It’s one of the rebranding options on the table as the public Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority works with a consultant “to attract more residents and visitors to live, work and play in these areas.” A survey about the new branding is part of an update to the DIA’s Business Investment and Development Plan.

Renovations To Start At Downtown Jacksonville Wells Fargo Center

Apr 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown’s Wells Fargo Center is preparing for a $12.5 million lobby, cafe and common area renovation along with elevator upgrades that have begun in the 37-story tower.

A digital rendering of the development planned for 500 E. Bay Street
KBJ Architects

The Downtown Jacksonville eyesore on the Northbank known as the Berkman II is coming down, and details have been released about what’s going up in its place. 

Ninety workers will be laid off at TIAA Bank's  301 W. Bay Street location (pictured) in Downtown Jacksonville.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville-based TIAA Bank will be letting 90 workers go this summer.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Editor's Note: An updated story that includes Mayor Lenny Curry's comments is available here.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday morning that crews are now on site to start the process of demolishing the unfinished residential tower known as the Berkman II on Downtown's Northbank.

Three Bids Made For Berkman II Demolition Order

Apr 15, 2021
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II along Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Three out-of-state companies submitted bids as part of the city’s order to demolish the unfinished Berkman Plaza II while a potential developer says his group will buy the site within days.

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.

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.