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Questions arise on sustainability, financial feasibility of Lot J project

Questions arise on sustainability, financial feasibility of Lot J project

Mayor Lenny Curry’s generous incentives for Shad Khan’s $450 million multi-use development of Lot J has stirred up city residents like nothing else since the controversy over the sale of JEA. The legislation has had a bumpy ride in the City Council, where it is being challenged and at least two amendments are in the […]

Developer questions city’s speedy push to demolish Berkman II

Developer questions city’s speedy push to demolish Berkman II

The cavernous hulk of the abandoned Berkman II project on the Northbank could be imploded soon, but it’s not clear if it will be done by the city or the development company that wants to build a multi-use project on the site.  Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization LLC is in the final stages of purchasing the site […]

Jaguars float possibility of building hotel on Metropolitan Park land

Jaguars float possibility of building hotel on Metropolitan Park land

While the City Council is still debating Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J development deal, Jaguars team President Mark Lamping unveiled a development plan for the downtown riverfront, which would feature a Four Seasons hotel. Lamping made the presentation at Nov. 12 at the Downtown Investment Authority’s Strategic Implementation Committee, which was considering incentives […]

Low inventory continues to feed hot sellers’ real estate market

Northeast Florida’s 2020 real estate market remains hot with 3,102 homes being sold in September, a 16.6% increase from the 2,660 sales from September 2019, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.  The September numbers indicate a slight slowdown from the previous three months of this year, when 3,202 homes were sold in June, […]

MOSH announces plans to move to Shipyards

The Museum of Science & History has announced plans to move from its South Bank location, which it has occupied since 1965, to a new museum to be built at the Shipyards on the North Bank. MOSH CEO Bruce Fafard said the board wants to build a new $80 million facility on about four acres […]

DIA launches investor-focused website

The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), the City of Jacksonville’s sole economic development and community redevelopment agency for Downtown, announced the launch of its new, investor-focused website in October. The new website, https://investdtjax.com, was designed to offer a user-friendly experience with unique tools aimed at attracting investment and promoting Downtown Jacksonville nationwide.  “Downtown Jacksonville continues to […]

New coalition advocates for public green space along river

New coalition advocates for public green space along river

A new coalition of nonprofits – Riverfront Parks Now – is advocating for a network of public green space and active parks along the St. Johns River in Downtown as a way to improve public access and create resiliency. Nancy Powell, executive director of Scenic Jacksonville, said other cities have done it successfully and found […]

Councilwoman spearheads playground improvements in district

Councilwoman spearheads playground improvements in district

If District 5 City Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber has a mission, it is to improve the playgrounds in her district.  Whether it be Crabtree Park in Lakewood, Angelina Danese Park on St. Augustine Road in San Marco, or Friendship Park on the South Bank, Cumber has been doing her best to ensure the children in her […]