Downtown Jacksonville


The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails at Sweet Pete’s Candy in downtown Jacksonville at Hemming Park has permanently closed.

Hundreds Come Together To Pray At Jacksonville Landing Vigil

Aug 30, 2018

Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening in the center of the Jacksonville Landing to sing hymns and hear powerful prayers at for vigil reflecting on those slain and wounded in a mass shooting at the downtown mall three days ago.

Sweet Pete’s and the Candy Apple Café temporarily closed

Aug 29, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

Sweet Pete’s and the Candy Apple Café temporarily closed Downtown as the 115-year-old building the business occupies is being repaired.

Business Brief: Arts And Cultural District Proposed For Downtown Jacksonville

Aug 23, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

A vacant Downtown lot near the Duval County Courthouse could soon bloom into an arts and cultural district.

Hyatt Place Hotel Proposed Across From Jacksonville Landing

Aug 20, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will review a pair of hotel projects at its monthly meeting Thursday.

Atkins Wants More Urban Core Development, Including Proposal For JEA Headquarters

Aug 10, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

If you’ve been Downtown recently, it’s hard not to notice the construction along North Laura Street as crews continue to restore the historic Barnett National Bank Building.

Downtown Jacksonville's Live Bakery Closes Its Doors

Aug 3, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

A little more than three months after opening, Maria Ferra’s “Live Bakery” in Downtown Jacksonville has closed. The door is locked and the sign has been removed. 

Iguana Investments / Via the Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment company is submitting plans for a downtown riverfront convention center and hotel.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union announced Tuesday afternoon that it completed the purchase of SunTrust Tower Downtown for $59 million and will rebrand it VyStar Tower.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As Jacksonville attempts to revitalize its downtown, some people complain they are being forced out of city parks illegally.

New JEA Headquarters Near TIAA Bank Field Being Considered

Jul 30, 2018

A new JEA headquarters could become one of downtown’s most significant construction projects in years and potentially anchor one of several high-profile private developments planned in downtown, according to new plans shown to the utility’s board of directors Monday.

City Of Jacksonville’s Cost For Aiding Downtown Parking Garages Hits $47 Million

Jul 30, 2018
Will Dickey / News Service of Florida

One of the most expensive public-private partnerships in downtown Jacksonville hasn’t restored historic buildings or turned vacant land into apartment towers.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

We’ve heard time and time again that Jacksonville’s downtown is really about to take off.

But as Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis says, this time, it’s not a drill.

Photo provided by Bonnie Arnold via The Daily Record.

A record number of Jaguars football fans have registered for the annual Painting of the Paw Prints from the Main Street Bridge to TIAA Bank Field.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Transwestern announced Thursday it closed on the $24.47 million sale of BB&T Tower Downtown.

Ryan Ketterman / For Visit Jacksonville

A new report shows a big infusion of investment in downtown Jacksonville.

St. Louis skyline
W.G Dayton via Flickr

As we talk about redeveloping Jacksonville’s downtown, we can learn from the revitalization journey of another large city: St. Louis.

Jacksonville Daily Record

SharedLabs Inc., which was code-named Project Wolfe as its incentives request headed toward City Council approval Tuesday night, will lease space on the fourth floor of the Dyal-Upchurch Building Downtown.

JEA headquarters exterior
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s Office has released additional details for his plan to fly the five military branch flags in front of City Hall.

Berkman Plaza II Sells For $4.75 Million; Will Be Hotel And Entertainment Center

Jul 19, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

The vacant and unfinished Berkman Plaza II sold for $4.75 million to 500 East Bay LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Odhe of Daytona Beach.

Mayor: Berkman Plaza II Sold With Plans To Turn It Into A Hotel

Jul 17, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry confirmed Tuesday that developers purchased the unfinished Berkman Plaza II structure Downtown along East Bay Street with plans to renovate it.

Video: Ambassador Hotel Block Downtown Sold For Redevelopment

Jul 17, 2018
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Two St. Augustine developers plan to bring the historic Ambassador Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville back to its “original luster” and add an apartment complex and retail space on the same block.

Business Brief: Company Protests Bid To Demolish Old Courthouse And Annex

Jul 12, 2018
The Jacksonville Daily Record

The pending demolition of the former Duval County Courthouse and Jacksonville City Hall Annex buildings along East Bay Street may have hit a snag.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s decided that in addition to flying the United States flag, “we should add the five military branch flags in an array around the National Colors in front of City Hall.”

Jacksonville Daily Record

A group led by Miami-based real estate investor Ramon Llorens bought the 1.48-acre Downtown parking lot by the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, adding to his North Florida holdings.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

Ron Chamblin’s next chapter Downtown is developing the building at 225 N. Laura St., next to his bookstore, into apartments and a restaurant.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Mathers Social Gathering, an Orlando-based higher-end concept, will join the nightlife scene Downtown along East Forsyth Street near the Florida Theatre.

Companies Submit Bids To Demolish Former Jacksonville City Hall And Courthouse

Jun 21, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

Environmental Holdings Group LLC submitted the low bid of $7,985,000 to demolish the former Jacksonville City Hall and Duval County Courthouse.

Jacksonville skyline
Andrew Avitus / Wikimedia Commons

Increased traffic is expected over the weekend as a result of an influx of activities in downtown Jacksonville.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida professor Matt Corrigan and UNF students Ryan McDonagh and Todd Higginbotham about a new UNF study on how to get more millennials to move to downtown Jacksonville (01:14).   

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby of Five and Dime Theatre, Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library, Jamario Stills from Phase 8 Theater Company, Alicia Somers, VP at Regions Bank and Katie McCaughan of Jacksonville Dance Theatre (31:42).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming to the Jacksonville area in February (46:00).