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Re: Convention Center Wars
« Reply #165 on: September 19, 2018, 06:59:14 PM »
Brian Hughes, Curry's Chief of Staff, announced as new interim CEO of the DIA.


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« Reply #167 on: September 20, 2018, 11:41:34 AM »
Alrighty then. Make a damn choice and let's get this thing moving.
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« Reply #168 on: September 20, 2018, 03:12:41 PM »
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« Reply #169 on: September 20, 2018, 04:03:00 PM »
^One of the most important intentions of the RFP, if not the most important, was to test the waters and see what type of private investment, if any, that companies were willing to make in a Jacksonville convention center. As the DIA stated bluntly yesterday, the RFP plainly demonstrated that no one was going to come in and build a convention center for us.

Most of us would definitely agree that Jacksonville needs a new convention center, but the real question is, do we need it $1.4 billion bad? This is why the DIA is referring to the convention center as a generational decision.

Opportunity cost is enormous when you think of what else we could do with that money.

This is one decision we definitely don't need to rush into.

And to the point Ennis has made a few times, it's a situation where we need much more detailed information from the Jags about what they are proposing at the Shipyards.

Taking cost off the table, the Courthouse site makes a lot more sense from a downtown redevelopment perspective. But if the Jags agree to a 50/50 split on their $450 million proposal like they have in the past with other projects, versus the city fully funding and paying 30-year interest on a $780 million facility themselves, we're potentially looking at an $800 million+ cost savings by building at the Shipyards.

That money could do a ton of good supporting other downtown projects as well.

The smart play from the city would be to fully vet Iguana's proposal, figure out what the development agreement for Lot J might look like, put out a separate RFP for the Courthouse and Annex properties to see what type of mixed-use interest might exist, conduct enough environmental research to figure out exactly how much remediation of the proposed Shipyards site would cost, confirm if and when the Hart Bridge ramps can come down safely, and then make a fully informed decision.

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Re: Convention Center Wars
« Reply #170 on: September 20, 2018, 04:34:12 PM »
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« Reply #171 on: September 20, 2018, 04:51:57 PM »
^One of the most important intentions of the RFP, if not the most important, was to test the waters and see what type of private investment, if any, that companies were willing to make in a Jacksonville convention center. As the DIA stated bluntly yesterday, the RFP plainly demonstrated that no one was going to come in and build a convention center for us.

Most of us would definitely agree that Jacksonville needs a new convention center, but the real question is, do we need it $1.4 billion bad? This is why the DIA is referring to the convention center as a generational decision.

No one builds convention centers for anyone. We didn't need to go through an RFP to figure that one out. I also don't like the narrative of bloated criteria resulting in the solution costing over one billion. Scrap the extras and combine with what we already have in the Hyatt and the dollar figure easily drops more than 60%. Get a realistic no frills solution on the table and go from there. In such a scenario, we would actually be in position to get something done.

Playing with the crazy numbers will only end up with us burning more money with Iguana than we have to for something that's highly questionable on if this market can support at such a scale.
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« Reply #172 on: September 20, 2018, 04:57:39 PM »
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Back to reality.
Lol so true, so true
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Re: Convention Center Wars
« Reply #173 on: September 21, 2018, 10:47:32 PM »
^One of the most important intentions of the RFP, if not the most important, was to test the waters and see what type of private investment, if any, that companies were willing to make in a Jacksonville convention center. As the DIA stated bluntly yesterday, the RFP plainly demonstrated that no one was going to come in and build a convention center for us.

Most of us would definitely agree that Jacksonville needs a new convention center, but the real question is, do we need it $1.4 billion bad? This is why the DIA is referring to the convention center as a generational decision.

No one builds convention centers for anyone. We didn't need to go through an RFP to figure that one out. I also don't like the narrative of bloated criteria resulting in the solution costing over one billion. Scrap the extras and combine with what we already have in the Hyatt and the dollar figure easily drops more than 60%. Get a realistic no frills solution on the table and go from there. In such a scenario, we would actually be in position to get something done.

Playing with the crazy numbers will only end up with us burning more money with Iguana than we have to for something that's highly questionable on if this market can support at such a scale.


The whole point of this RPF process was to eliminate the courthouse option, so that Iguana is in the driver's seat. With Curry's man in at DIA, that process will no doubt proceed at a slightlu faster pace now.   
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Re: Convention Center Wars
« Reply #174 on: October 03, 2018, 12:10:37 PM »
Other than "We've referred it to Mayor Curry," is there any movement or timetable for a decision on this? Does the council get a say in the matter? Or do we just expect another surprise set of modified Shipyard renderings with an announcement from the Mayor's Office and the former Chief of Staff DIA CEO that the Shipyards have been chosen?

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Re: Convention Center Wars
« Reply #175 on: October 03, 2018, 04:44:17 PM »
The glut of convention space has been long known and documented.  JAX should avoid putting much of anything into one.  The city should focus on it's strengths. 

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