Melanie Bishop is an architect. I don't think Bill Bishop is. I think she did all of that terrific work for nothing, too. Her use of berms, required by the elevation change, as stadium seating is absolutely brilliant.
Dr. Wayne Wood has been working on the idea of the Riverside Arts Market for over fifteen years; ever since he saw the preliminary plans for the replacement of the Fuller Warren Bridge. He was inspired by a similar space he saw in Portland, OR.
He managed to bring together the Florida DOT, and the City of Jacksonville together with Fidelity National, which uses the leased space as parking during the week and who gave a grant and with First Guaranty Bank which also put up money and allows the use of their parking lot for the Market. I think JEA was even involved too since there is a huge sewer system lift station on the site as well. I am sure there was some federal grant money in there to. Knowing Wayne, he might have even gotten the Corp of Engineers and the Inland Navigation District into the act!
The Riverside Arts Market would not have happened without the vision, quiet persistence and persuasiveness of one person, Wayne Wood.