Jacksonville University partners in research with The District

Jacksonville University partners in research with The District
An early waterfront rendering for The District—Life Well Lived shows how boating, canoeing and kayaking are components of a healthy lifestyle. (Rendering by Elkus | Manfredi Architects)

The District—Life Well Lived Jacksonville will begin closing procedures on 30 acres of Southbank riverfront property with the Jacksonville Energy Authority in late 2017 and break ground in early 2018, according to a release announcing a partnership with Jacksonville University.

The university was selected to be the Official Academic Partner of The District and will research and measure the effectiveness of The District’s healthy town concept, an entirely new approach in community living. JU’s Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences research team will be the exclusive academic research consultant to assist The District in gaining evidence-based outcomes for the healthy living benefits of The District.

“The research that BRCHS will conduct will seek to provide credibility to this unique concept and show evidence-based outcomes to participating in The District’s programs,” said Peter Rummell, co-founder of The District development with partner Michael Munz.

The District is designed for Generation H, a generation defined not by age but by the common belief that the most fulfilling, most productive of lives are achieved by healthy living. Beyond the bike paths, fitness centers and daily activity, The District will feature the innovative Base Camp to offer a wealth of services, including yoga classes and personal health counseling to community gardening and a health concierge. 

“Just as our own Healthy Campus program seeks to build upon the health and wellness of our campus community, partnering with The District fulfills one of our key pillars of using our robust resources to help improve the quality of life for Jacksonville area residents and promote a culture of healthy behavior, service, safety and respect,” said JU President Tim Cost.

The development will include up to 1,170 residential units (sale and rental) in loft apartments, townhomes and mid- to high-end condos; 200,000 square feet of office space; over 200,000 square feet of retail; riverfront restaurant and bars; a 4-acre public riverfront park and the extension of the Southbank Riverwalk; a 125-slip marina, and a 200-room hotel.

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