The District on Southbank lands major hotel

Downtown getting 1st new hotel in 16 years

By Bruce Hamilton - The Morning Show anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Developers of The District, a planned development on the Southbank next to the Duval County School Board building, has the first new hotel Downtown since 2001.

It will be built by Impact Properties and have as many as 200 rooms. Right now, the hotel is in the design phase and no one is talking about the brand.

“It will bring a lot of energy to The District and fill a very nice niche Downtown," said Michael Munz, a partner in The District. "It’s really going to bring a coolness to the area and fit in well with The District’s theme of health, wellness and multi-generational living."

The District is being built on the site of the former Southside Generating Station property on the banks of the St Johns River. 

Developers would also like to lure a movie theater and supermarket.  Plans call for development of residential housing, commercial business a marina with a riverfront park.

The state of Florida issued what they call a Notice of Intent to Issue a Site Rehabilitation Completion Order, which basically means that the project is good to move forward and that the state regulators are satisfied with the clean-up of the site.

"This is also a big milestone for the project,” Munz said.

The developer hopes to close on the property by the “end of the year,” according to Munz.


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