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Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« on: October 16, 2012, 03:10:50 AM »
Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?



On October 15, 2012, Mayor Alvin Brown signed the resolutions leading to the authorization of the nine member Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) to move forward with the task of revitalizing downtown Jacksonville. According to Mayor Brown, "The DIA marks an important step in making Jacksonville the most vibrant and competitive city it can be."  Depending on the policies the DIA decide to endorse, the DIA has the potential to either make this statement true or put the final nails in downtown's coffin. Here are four issues the DIA will need to address that will be more important to the future of downtown than the implementation and make up of the agency itself.

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 05:55:27 AM »
Good article.  The DIA has its first meeting tomorrow (Wednesday), 2 pm at City Hall.

Florida Times-Union had an article this morning about the DIA and focused on a topic that those of us living in the In Town Neighborhoods have been saying for a while:

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Historic Neighbohoods could be secret weapon as Jacksonville looks to revitalize its Downtown

Carmen Godwin summed it up perfectly:

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“Transportation is really the key to it all,” she said.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-10-15/story/historic-neighborhoods-could-be-secret-weapon-jacksonville-looks#ixzz29SDDfm25

Three transit connections that are continually discussed on this forum could have a significant effect on Downtown:

1. Riverside streetcar
2. S-line commuter rail (Springfield)
3. Skyway extension to Atlantic Blvd (San Marco)

All three could be accomplished for the cost of the overpasses built by the BJP.


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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 06:45:49 AM »
Which is why it is critical to let the Mobility Fee Moratorium expire.

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 06:48:33 AM »
Did you guys catch the news about FDOT preparing to replace the Sisters Creek drawbridge on Heckscher Drive with a fixed structure?  The cost is $52 million and FDOT estimates 3,600 drivers use the road each day. 

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=537749

$52 million would fund both a streetcar between Five Points and downtown and a skyway extension to Atlantic Boulevard.  Such an investment would generate more everyday use and encourage hundreds of millions of infill in Brooklyn, LaVilla, Downtown, and the Kings Avenue area of San Marco.

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 07:17:58 AM »
Great piece. I suppose we'll find out "now what?" pretty soon....

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 07:47:11 AM »
One thing we never mention about downtown (the Northbank) is, it hasn't had 5,000 or 10,000 residents living in it the majority of the previous 100 years.  In the first two decades after the Great Fire, it rapidly redeveloped as a logistical hub, industrial and commercial center.  On the other hand, your dense residential areas were LaVilla, Brooklyn and the ring of urban core neighborhoods like Springfield, Sugar Hill, New Town, Riverside, San Marco/South Jacksonville, Eastside, etc. that were probably twice as dense than they are today. 

However, they were connected to downtown with a 60-mile streetcar network.  As a result, downtown greatly benefited as being a commercialized epicenter for this urban population.  When that population declined and connectivity was severed, so did the commercial prospects of downtown.  The reestablishment of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian connectivity between downtown and the surrounding ring of neighborhoods is an easily first step in resolving many of the ills impacting downtown.

With that said, you can use fixed transit connectivity, just like we use highway construction, as a tool to attract market rate development along the selected corridor.  This method of rapidly growing a supportive population base has worked well for Charlotte, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, etc.  This is something should definitely be looked at in greater detail because its much easier to tap into an existing resource than the grow one from scratch in an environment where it has never really existed.
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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 07:52:30 AM »
Urban tactical connectivity of our St. Johns River our American Heritage River a Federal Innitiative under a new Downtown Authority will soon tell the world if we really are a Great River or if it's Shipyards III. Pick and choose the winners and losers.

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2012, 08:05:26 AM »
Who are the 9 members of the DIA?
Bothering locals and trolling boards since 2005

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 08:07:36 AM »
Mayor Brown’s selections for the DIA board are:
 
Melody S. Bishop – An architect with Akel, Logan & Shafer who serves on the AIA Florida Board of Directors and the Florida Foundation for Architecture Board of Trustees. Her firm is located in the Downtown area.
 
Robert M. Clements – Chairman and CEO of EverBank, which recently relocated 1,500 employees to the new EverBank Center in Downtown.
 
Kamaria (Kay) Harper – A practicing attorney with the Harper Law Firm and a Downtown resident.
 
Paul Perez – Former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida and current Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity National Financial, which is located in the Downtown area.
 
Donald Harris – General Manager of the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, which is located on the Southbank.
 
Council President Bill Bishop’s selections for the DIA board are:
 
Antonio Allegretti – Southbank resident with business management experience as the founding director of the Riverside Arts Market and a partner in Downtown’s Burrito Gallery restaurant. Currently serving as the Director of Downtown Engagement for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.
 
James F. Bailey Jr. – Downtown business and property owner as the President of Bailey Publishing and Communications and Publisher of The Financial News & Daily Record.
 
Oliver Barakat – A senior vice president for CBRE who represented EverBank in the company’s recent move of 1,500 employees Downtown to the former AT&T Tower.
 
Donald A. Shea – Urban planner who serves as the executive director of the nonpartisan Jacksonville Civic Council and has extensive experience in economic development, including service as the executive director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority and President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.
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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 08:49:00 AM »
Did you guys catch the news about FDOT preparing to replace the Sisters Creek drawbridge on Heckscher Drive with a fixed structure?  The cost is $52 million and FDOT estimates 3,600 drivers use the road each day. 

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=537749

$52 million would fund both a streetcar between Five Points and downtown and a skyway extension to Atlantic Boulevard.  Such an investment would generate more everyday use and encourage hundreds of millions of infill in Brooklyn, LaVilla, Downtown, and the Kings Avenue area of San Marco.

Lake,  I would see any Heckscher improvements as an offset to a future discontinued Mayport Ferry.

Would you agree?

Reducing Heckscher transit times eventually takes pressure off the ferry.

However, I do agree with you that money seems to be in everyone's budget for road upgrades, but not for transit related activities. Clearly a sign of a lack of a strategic plan and political will.


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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2012, 08:56:59 AM »
spuwho, I believe the bridge is structurally deficient, so some type of replacement is needed.  So I'm not claiming that it should be allowed to fall into the creek.  I was making the comment to point out the associated dollar figure and compare that cost to what you could get with fixed mass transit. 

For some reason, we don't blink an eye with every overpass project that routinely costs more than $50 million.  However, if you mentioned spending $50 million on mass transit around this place, opposition would fly out of the woodworks, despite being able to improve that it would return more ROI and generate more usage.
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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 06:01:53 AM »
Can anyone explain exactly WHY the opening photograph to this essay and statistics is of the Timuquana Golf and Country Club view of the downtown skyline from the pool deck?
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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 06:41:19 AM »
Because it is a nice view of all of downtown?  Just guessing.

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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 06:47:33 AM »
Can anyone explain exactly WHY the opening photograph to this essay and statistics is of the Timuquana Golf and Country Club view of the downtown skyline from the pool deck?

It's a story about downtown, which the photo has a skyline view of.
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Re: Mayor Brown's DIA Board Approved, Now What?
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 09:34:40 AM »
Can anyone explain exactly WHY the opening photograph to this essay and statistics is of the Timuquana Golf and Country Club view of the downtown skyline from the pool deck?

WHY is that such a big deal to you?