City Council poised to approve $2 million for new visitor center

Center would be built in Times Union Performing Arts Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville City Council appears ready to approve spending more than $2 million for a new visitor center in downtown Jacksonville.

Legislation will be introduced Tuesday that calls for the center to be built in the Times-Union Performing Arts Center, which is located next to The Jacksonville Landing along the St. Johns River.

The bill includes an outdoor projection wall on the north bank of the river next to the auditorium.

Money for the project would come from the tourist development council, which is funded by the bed tax.

If all goes as planned, new signage for the center would be installed by February of next year. 

Mayor Lenny Curry spoke about his vision for Jacksonville before a crowd of young professionals at the Jax Chamber. 

"People are now seeing, maybe for the first time in many years, dollars really appropriated to getting projects done," Curry said.

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