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Changing the Urban Landscape in 2014

In 2013, several major construction projects broke ground in and around downtown Jacksonville for the first time since the 2008 economic downfall. Looking forward to 2014, here are five projects and points of discussion that have the potential to forever change Jacksonville's landscape.

Published January 3, 2014 in Opinion      8 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Downtown Mayor Brown

In 2011, Mayor Alvin Brown became the first African-American in Jacksonville's history to win a mayoral election. Many of his supporters were hopeful that Mayor Brown would magically do what very few mayors have successfully done. That is, to revitalize Downtown Jacksonville.

Despite the creation of the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), revitalization efforts haven't gone as quickly as originally expected. Nevertheless, the economy continues to improve. A few major projects are now underway, and people of all ages and backgrounds are excited about downtown's future.

With election campaign time right around the corner, the success or failure of high-profile projects like the Laura Trio, the Parador Garage and the Jacksonville Landing could boost or cripple Brown's chances at a second term.

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Downtown Investment Authority's CRA Plan 101

The Jacksonville Landing Redevelopment Plan

Laura Street Trio to be Marriott Flagged Boutique Hotel

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January 03, 2014, 10:51:48 AM
Does anyone know what / when this is coming??? First I'm hearing about it...

"we'll also see the construction of Jacksonville's first new highrise in recent years, a short walk away in Five Points"


January 03, 2014, 11:07:35 AM
"we'll also see the construction of Jacksonville's first new highrise in recent years, a short walk away in Five Points"

Its Hallmark Partners new complex on the water in Riverside. The prices keep rising, I am told they will start at $1,000,000 which will make the Villa Riva properties look like a bargain, IF they sell at that price point. Known as the Beacon. Here is an article from the Business Journal:


January 03, 2014, 11:40:27 AM
"Weber said the firm anticipates hitting that benchmark by the end of the year and commencing construction at the beginning of 2014."

They said they expect to start first quarter of this year. Somehow I don't see that happening, but if it does.... Wow that entire area will look completely different a year from now. That poor Publix parking lot is going to burst at the seams even with the Fresh Market going in.... Where am I supposed to park? lol


January 03, 2014, 12:27:52 PM
Yeah, Florida is kicking into high gear with rail-based transit. Very anxious to see how SunRail and AAF perform when complete, and hopefully JTA can get the skyway into Brooklyn and San Marco soon enough.


January 03, 2014, 04:57:45 PM
The Sunrail will compete with the Amtrak service?


January 03, 2014, 06:29:05 PM
no not really. i doubt very many people ride amtrak from Orlando to Sanford, which is about the extent of the Sunrail line.


January 03, 2014, 08:07:56 PM
Yeah, Sunrail won't compete with Amtrak but All Aboard Florida will.
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