The Barnett vs. Riverwatch Tower

August 29, 2007 9 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Only one can be a hotel. If you had it your way, which one would it be?



Last week it was revealed that both One12 and the proposed Riverwatch tower are under contract to sell to a hotel development company. This company plans to evaluate the pros and cons of each site and then select one to convert into a hotel.

Riverwatch at City Centre

If chosen:

1. Possible +30 story addition to the heart of the Northbank skyline

2.Would become a four or five star hotel

3. Eliminates one of the largest surface lots in the Northbank

4. Introduces street level retail and dining facing the Landing.

Renderings: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/66/114/

The Barnett Building (One12)

If chosen:

1. A 10 story garage with street retail will be constructed at Laura and Adams Street.

2. Would become an extended-stay hotel.

3. Would become a major anchor along the Laura/Adams corridor possibly fueling retail growth beyond the waterfront.

4. Would become the only large scale hotel operation based in a historic building in Jacksonville.

If it were up to you, which location would be best for downtown?