Changing the Urban Landscape in 2016

January 4, 2016 20 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

In 2015, the amount of downtown redevelopment proposals kicked it up a notch. Looking forward to 2016, here are five projects and points of discussion that have the potential to "TransForm Jax".

5. Berkman II Will Move Forward Before The Landing And Shipyards Projects

Despite all the pretty renderings, local media coverage and public workshops, nothing will happen with the Jacksonville Landing and The Shipyards since city and the Landing's owner are at odds again and the Shipyards is an environmental disaster. On the other hand, Berkman II's skeleton is structurally sound and with the lawsuits behind it is believed that the tower can be completed as an 18-story apartment complex. In addition, Mayor Curry has already stated that his administration has its eye on addressing the skyline's eyesore. So with this one, we're going to go out on a limb and say that something with Berkman II may move forward before either of these long publicly debated projects materialize.

Editorial by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at

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