City discussing if changes need to be made to how, when parking garages are inspected following hospital garage collapse
When a portion of the parking garage at Ascension St. Vincent’s collapsed this week in Riverside, it brought to light the lack of inspections required for garages across Jacksonville.
Piers at future site of Shipyards West Park need to be replaced, could cost up to $30M in current design
The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) met on Thursday to talk about how much more money could be needed for projects on both the Northbank and the Southbank, including the area known as the Shipyards and the former home of the Jacksonville Landing, now called Riverfront Plaza.
Increased costs bring more proposed changes for Shipyards project
Some work is underway on the Shipyards project, which involves a new hotel and office building on Jacksonville’s Northbank, but costs have gone up, and all indications are the deal that the Jaguars have with the city is about to change again.
Shipyards plan passes more hurdles as city council prepares for final vote
Jacksonville is one step closer to getting a $400 million riverfront development called the Shipyards. The bill to allow it, and subsidize it with more than $100 million in tax dollars, passed another city council committee Monday.
Duval County School Board votes to change 6 school names; downtown development proposals; Baptist Health’s new CEO
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” Duval County School Board member Warren Jones details changing six school names associated with the Confederacy. Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer talks about two downtown development proposals. And Baptist Health CEO Michael Mayo explains his new role.
Another Shad Khan downtown Jacksonville development proposal hits a roadblock
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Another development proposal by Jaguars owner Shad Khan has hit a complication. Khan wants to replace Metropolitan Park with a hotel and mixed-use property and proposed the Shipyards property as a replacement for the park. But all hope for the mixed-use development is not lost. Under the current proposal, Khan would build a Four Seasons hotel and a mixed-use development, which would include a destination site medical facility, where the park sits along the Northbank. RELATED: Khan envisions Four Seasons for Jacksonville’s Metro Park siteHe would be the sole developer, according to Jaguars President Mark Lamping.
City agency looking for design firm to turn former Jacksonville Landing site into ‘Riverfront Plaza’
We look forward to reviewing the submissions come March and wish all interested parties the best of luck.”The RFP selection process will happen on two parts. Part one includes submission of qualifications, which the city will evaluate, score and select three shortlisted design teams to participate in a design competition. In the second half of the process, the three shortlisted design teams will receive a stipend to complete 50% designs where they will showcase their vision for the plaza, including how their design would interface with the future private development. The selected winner of the design competition for the best-qualified design will be invited to negotiate a full professional services design contract with the city, bringing design of the public space to 100%. As such, the city is taking reservations for use of the park between now and December 2021 and hopes to be under construction on the new public space by January 2022.
Exploring pros and cons of Lot J development with city leaders
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute joins this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” which explores the Lot J proposal from multiple angles with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer, Jacksonville Civic Council CEO and President Jeanne Miller, Urban Land Institute Chair Tarik Bateh, Jaguars Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Megha Parekh and Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Jordan Elsbury.
Downtown Investment Authority recommends approving Lot J ‘with some conditions’
The Lot J development will send a big message to the team & NFL. I’m a yes as demonstrated by me introducing Lot J bill to city council. — Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) December 1, 2020Curry started the thread implying that if Jacksonville residents want to remain an NFL city, the Lot J deal would help. The mayor made it clear he supports the Lot J deal and what it stands for. He said the Lot J Development, Jaguars stadium upgrades and the Jaguars’ lease should be negotiated as one deal.
Khan envisions Four Seasons for Jacksonville’s Metro Park site
Khan, who bought the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in 2016, wants to build the hotel where Metropolitan Park sits along the Northbank. During Thursday’s DIA meeting, Lamping said the Lot J development would be a catalyst for additional efforts to revitalize the area. RELATED: Curry & Khan unveil plans for Lot J developmentOriginally, Khan mentioned moving the city’s convention center to the Shipyards site. Meanwhile, the City Council is still debating the merits of the city’s involvement in the Lot J project. The DIA board is set to discuss incentives for Lot J next week.
Plans for JEA’s new HQ downtown are moving forward
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Plans for construction of a new headquarters for JEA are moving forward. On Wednesday, the Downtown Investment Authority announced it had finalized the sale of a piece of property in downtown Jacksonville to Ryan Companies, the firm hired to build JEA’s new base of operations. RELATED: Learn more about JEA’s choice for new HQ“This is the second major new office building project to close this year,” DIA CEO Lori Boyer said. “We are excited to partner with JEA and the DIA on this exciting project,” said Mike Harryman, senior project executive for Ryan Companies. JEA told News4Jax the groundwork will begin then, followed by vertical construction as soon as October.
Latest makeover could leave Friendship Fountain almost unrecognizable
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A city landmark is about to get another makeover. And this time, you may not recognize Friendship Fountain on Jacksonville's Southbank. A developer has just about finished the design work that calls for a major million-dollar upgrade of the fountain and surrounding park. For decades, Friendship Fountain has been an iconic spot in Jacksonville. But even after spending millions in 2011 for a major renovation, the fountain is still a puddle of its former self and is not working properly.