The downtown Jacksonville skyline we know and love today would have looked dramtically different if these size skyscrapers would have been built as originally proposed.
River Watch was envision to have a prominent place in the Northbank skyline when it was originally proposed in 2006. River Watch replaced a plan by Capital Partners to develop a 12-story, 197-unit Westin Hotel at the intersection of Hogan Street and Indpendent Drive. Proposed by the Kuhn Companies of Orlando, the 33-story building would have included a four star hotel, 187 residential condominium units and street level retail adjacent to the Jacksonville Landing. With the residential condominium market softening, Kuhn eliminated the residential component in mid-2007. The hotel plan would die before coming reality as well when Kuhn went belly up in 2008, declaring bankruptcy. Determined to see development on this site, Jacksonville settled for a parking garage, which was recently completed in 2015.