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.
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.
For More Information:
Downtown Investment Authority's CRA Plan 101
The Jacksonville Landing Redevelopment Plan
Laura Street Trio to be Marriott Flagged Boutique Hotel