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Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:15:02 AM »
Urban Construction Update - August 2017



Major construction projects have returned to the landscape of Jacksonville's urban core. Courtesy of Moderncities.com, find out the status of various developments under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of August 2017.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 10:44:09 AM »
The running list of monthly project totals.

August 2013 - 34
September 2013 - 35
October 2013 - 38
November 2013 - 44
December 2013 - 46
January 2014 - 43
February 2014 - 40
March 2014 - 42
April 2014 - 46
May 2014 - 49
June 2014 - 48
July 2014 - 43
August 2014 - 39
September 2014 - 36
October 2014 - 37
November 2014 - 37
December 2014 - 38
January 2015 - 41
February 2015 - 36
March 2015 - 36
April 2015 - 37
May 2015 - 42
June 2015 - 47
July 2015 - 47
August 2015 - 45
September 2015 - 50
October 2015 - 51
December 2015 - 47
January 2016 - 40
February 2016 - 45
March 2016 - 50
April 2016 - 50
June 2016 - 49
July 2016 - 54
August 2016 - 52
September 2016 - 49
October 2016 - 50
November 2016 - 56
December 2016 - 58
January 2017 - 66
February 2017 - 74
March 2017 - 67
April 2017 - 65
May - 65
June - 69
July - 66
Aug - 64

Year on year activity still looking great.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 09:14:47 AM »
Just saw the most interesting Request for Proposals (RFP) on MSN.com.

Jeff Bezos and Amazon are searching for a second North American Headquarters.  I cannot think of a better place than Jacksonville. So I wrote him and sent a letter to the e-mail address provided.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/amazon-is-searching-for-a-second-headquarters-city-in-north-america/ar-AArrWqI?li=BBnbfcL

I strongly urge any bloggers here who have connections at the CoC or City Hall to get them to review the docs and submit on Jacksonville's behalf.   This would be the ultimate "game changer" for Jax.

Thanks!

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 09:58:14 AM »
Why would Jacksonville be a good place for Amazon other than you want them here?

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 11:46:43 AM »
Go read the RFP. (Did you?) We are a very good fit, and it would impact our local economy in a good way. Obviously they see us as a good place for regional shipping centers ("fulfillment centers?").  So why not North American Head Quarters? 

I actually got an e-mail response from a "real person" at Amazon. 

Your question is typical of the folks who said, "Why would an NFL franchise want to come here?"  Well it did and although the team has had limited success on the field it has brought a lot of PR to our city, as well as a Super Bowl.  Of course Amazon proposes to employ 50,000 people where ever it locates this HQ so it's way bigger than an NFL franchise. My feeling is that if anyone ever wants this town to live up to it's fullest potential then you have to try and convince a corporation like Amazon to bring their HQ here. 

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 12:12:05 PM »
Just give them the old JEA site on the south bank.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 12:24:18 PM »
It's pretty much spoken for, but there are so many possibilities here, and the cost of real estate in Jax is way less than other major metro areas, I can't help but think they would give us a serious look.   Shad Khan and Jeff Bezos partnering to build out the ShipYards is more than one could hope for.....  Give him the old courthouse site for free if he'll do it!

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 03:31:43 PM »
They list 4 things they want.... We lack 2 of them..

-Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent
-Communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options

We don't really have an international airport.  We don't have a mass transit network that would meet their needs.

Sure this would be great for Jacksonville, but it would not be great for Amazon.  The Jags probably would have been better off elsewhere too.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 09:07:55 PM »
" The Jags probably would have been better off elsewhere too."  Sure. Like Savannah.

The 2 "things" are pretty easy to remedy once the announcement is made.  Re-routing International flights from Orlando is attainable.

We are moving in the right direction and our real estate options cannot be beat.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 09:20:09 PM »
It would be easier for them to go to Orlando then get flights rerouted from MCO to JAX. Our transit system isn't reliable, our higher education component leaves a lot to be desired and we have a freaking confederate monument welcoming people to the front door of city hall. With that said, although our chances of success may be less than a snowball's chance of surviving a night in hell, we should at least inquire.  The worse they can say is no. I can see every place in Florida losing out when some of these other states start tossing out their crazy incentives packages.
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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 11:46:45 PM »
Florida in general can't match other states incentive packages. Boeing received in tax credits, grants ad other incentives close to $900 million. almost all the dollars required to build the initial plant. I imagine Amazon wants north of $1 billion.

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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 05:03:57 PM »
100 acres of greenfield space,  un-developed land?  Yeah, that exists in pretty much every major city in the US.  (LOL)

FYI: The Shipyards is 70 acres, correct?
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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2017, 06:27:48 PM »
I think the Shipyards is closer to 40 acres but its not development ready. Lots of cities have brownfields, closed urban core industrial and redevelopment sites similar to the Shipyards. For example, there's the Brooklyn Naval Yard in NYC and the Water Street project in Tampa. Orlando has a 68-acre site with its proposed Creative Village.  Even Philly has a massive infill development being proposed called Schuylkill Yards.
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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2017, 10:32:41 AM »
It's October. No San Marco Publix.  "The District" has not started yet? Baptist Credit Union site has an "Available " sign up all of a sudden.
Jackson Square apparently ON HOLD. Rubin's project on Atlantic ??

Catastrophic flooding on San Marco Blvd.

Lake what's going on man?


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Re: Urban Construction Update - August 2017
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2017, 12:53:20 PM »
It's October. No San Marco Publix.  "The District" has not started yet? Baptist Credit Union site has an "Available " sign up all of a sudden.
Jackson Square apparently ON HOLD. Rubin's project on Atlantic ??

Catastrophic flooding on San Marco Blvd.

Lake what's going on man?

It also appears to me that Broadstone River House is stalled.