Downtown Redevelopment

Looking south at Laura Street toward The Jacksonville Landing
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

If you watched the NFL Draft, you may have noticed the bustling street in Nashville behind the sports anchors.

As The Jaxson’s Bill Delaney says, the story of Nashville’s lower Broadway parallels that of downtown Jacksonville’s Laura Street.

But as he tells News Director Jessica Palombo, Laura Street’s momentum could be in jeopardy, depending on the city’s plan to replace The Jacksonville Landing.

Jacksonville Daily Record

If you don't know your urban redevelopment past you are doomed to repeat it. In The Jaxson on WJCT, Kelsi Hasden shares a couple of revitalization observations regarding the premature demise of a heavily incentivized proposal to convert the skeleton of Berkman 2 into a hotel and nearby contaminated property into an amusement park and parking garage.

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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.

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Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

Jacksonville might have a few things to learn about revitalizing its downtown from one northern city with similar characteristics: Montreal.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis saw several ideas in action on his recent trip there.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

This could be the last week a popular downtown eatery has its doors open on Adams Street. The quirky sandwich shop Chomp Chomp is relocating to Avondale this month. At the same time, neighboring Burro Bar is closing for good.

For this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr and WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo headed downtown to find out what the moves mean for the entertainment district called The Elbow.


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John Burr

The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.


Jeff Wright / Flickr

We speak with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace and governing board chairman Oliver Barakat about the group's plans for redeveloping Jacksonville's urban core. The DIA has ambitious plans for both the North and South banks of the St. Johns River, and long term goals that include developing vacant tracts of city-owned land and bringing 10,000 new residents to downtown.

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City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council is handing over financial control over Downtown development to the Downtown Investment Authority. A host of proposed projects and a first-year budget of $2.5 million were approved at last night’s Council meeting.

Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace says immediate priorities include making the Southbank’s Riverplace Boulevard more pedestrian friendly.

Pedro Bravo, Shad Khan and the Tropical Storm Bertha are in the headlines today.

Downtown Vision, Inc.

A public-private partnership has been formed to to revitalize Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville-Riverfront / InterContinental Hotels Group

A plan to replace Jacksonville's Southbank Riverwalk behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel with concrete instead of wood is waiting on a final okay from the city's public works department.

One Spark / Facebook

After the major success of the 2014 One Spark festival in Jacksonville last week, the founders of One Spark are headed to New York for a whirlwind media tour, including a stop at the New York Stock Exchange.

One Spark / Facebook

Now that the 2014 One Spark festival has concluded, what comes next for downtown Jacksonville?

Karen Feagins

A Jacksonville developer has plans to turn the historic Barnett building in downtown Jacksonville into an innovation center which he believes will be a hub for the startup scene in the Southeastern United States.

The 18-story building will house the international headquarters for One Spark, an expanded Cowork Jacksonville and the business accelerator KYN, according to Steve Atkins, Managing Director of Southeast Development Group.

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With just a few more weeks until One Spark takes over Jacksonville, one creator is hoping to raise funds to create a permanent addition to downtown.

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