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Opinion / Re: Political cartoons
« Last post by BridgeTroll on Today at 07:40:10 AM »
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Downtown / Re: The District wants $26 million in public incentives
« Last post by marcuscnelson on Yesterday at 10:42:40 PM »
Drove by this afternoon and saw what appeared to be Rummel (or another old guy that looks like him ;D) and a bunch of other suits out there looking at plans on the trunk of a car for whatever that's worth.

Little did you know, they were waiting for you to drive by so they could look like they're working on it!
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Never mention logic and COJ or JTA in the same sentence.
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Downtown / Re: Jacksonville's Convention Center Blues: What's Next?
« Last post by Keith-N-Jax on Yesterday at 10:13:47 PM »
The best solution is more innovative studies and then wait 20 years before drawing up plans, then wait 10 years for another innovative study, wash , rinse, repeat ,
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Just in case anyone was curious, if you go to the www.500eastbay.com website, they changed the website to say "Riverlife" at the top. At first it seems like it could be an interesting name for this project, but that is not the case at all.

They re-purposed the website in an attempt to win a failing city-owned retail and commercial project in Wausau, WI that had been stalled since spring because the developer had financial issues. The Wausau city council gave the previous developer a strict deadline to restart construction, and when they failed to restart, the city removed the developer, and opened it bidding to complete it. Several companies bid on it, including Ohde Construction. The city has had it narrowed down to Ohde and one other company since October, but hasn't made a decision yet as of December 10th.

As for the 500eastbay website, it was made on Wix, which is a free website builder. Their only cost was the domain name. You would think they would just build another free website and pay a few bucks for another domain name instead of using the website for a project they already have.

What a scam.

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He even gets a dig in on JTA's U2C plans: "With the trains aging, and the technology discontinued, JTA is now considering turning the elevated guideway into a path for automated vehicles, replacing 1970s technology of the future with 2010s technology of the future.

I've always wondered why everyone can see this......except JTA?!

Becauseā€¦

FUTURE!

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I definitely see some coordination problems here. However, they can be overcome with logic:

1. Isn't Councilwoman Boyer already working on a zoning revamp for downtown? Looking at the sub-district map the Jax Daily Record posted a few weeks back, it doesn't appear on the surface to align with JTA's U2C routes. Ideally, these two independent initiatives should be seamlessly coordinated.

2. No matter how much money thrown at a TOD study, you can't totally discount the power of coordinated land use policy with dedicated transit ROW/lanes, etc. We can promote innovation and technology till we turn blue in the face, but at some point, tried and true measures will have to be included to maximize TOD potential.


3. If having a high population base is desired to support said system, then it's time to do what has not been done to date. That is deliberately tie this system into the higher populated and transit dependent areas of the urban core. Yes, the Durkeevilles (which also happens to be an opportunity zone) of the city!


4. Btw, what was the results of the JTA TOD effort that took place when Keith Brown was there a few years back? Is there something that was not implemented that can be built upon to maximize current resources?

https://www.jtafla.com/media-center/press-releases/joint-use-and-tod-policy-document-review/


5. Last, they can save their money looking at TOD along the Bay Street corridor east of the Broad. Everything already proposed between there and the stadium will happen or not happen regardless of if the U2C is expanded to the stadium. Lenny has hitched his wagon to Khan. You'll also be limited in the amount of increased density you can push in places like Springfield. Instead put a bit more focus on areas of the core outside of the downtown core. The whole land use/density/equitable accessibility/economic opportunity is a major reason to explore connecting to transit dependent populations while penetrating areas ripe for infill like the Rail Yard District, Sugar Hill, etc.
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Nice. One million can and should fund a world class TOD study. There are national firms that can do incredible market and economic analysis of the TOD study area, which will really guide the entire project. Even if the U2C is never built, the City should get a ton of good information out of the study.

A proper TOD study will cover a lot of ground, but off the top of my head, a few key aspects are:

1. Identifying specific redevelopment opportunities and selecting routes/stations based on opportunities for redevelopment
2. Making suggestions for TOD related zoning code/comp plan changes (Ideally a TOD Overlay District with incentive zoning)
3. Studying mobility to and from the TOD area and proposed stations and identifying necessary/desired improvements
4. Adding various TOD/mobility related projects into capital improvement plan
5. Identifying opportunities to provide essential services/workforce/affordable housing in proximity to TOD area.
6. Having economic and market driven data to help local politicians and agencies make informed policy decisions

For this to be successful it takes a lot of people to play well in the sandbox together, and strong leadership at the top. Hopefully JTA/COJ can pull it off.
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Downtown / Re: New life for Berkman II? Owners seeking Commercial CBD Rezone
« Last post by Jax-Nole on Yesterday at 05:12:56 PM »
Just in case anyone was curious, if you go to the www.500eastbay.com website, they changed the website to say "Riverlife" at the top. At first it seems like it could be an interesting name for this project, but that is not the case at all.

They re-purposed the website in an attempt to win a failing city-owned retail and commercial project in Wausau, WI that had been stalled since spring because the developer had financial issues. The Wausau city council gave the previous developer a strict deadline to restart construction, and when they failed to restart, the city removed the developer, and opened it bidding to complete it. Several companies bid on it, including Ohde Construction. The city has had it narrowed down to Ohde and one other company since October, but hasn't made a decision yet as of December 10th.

As for the 500eastbay website, it was made on Wix, which is a free website builder. Their only cost was the domain name. You would think they would just build another free website and pay a few bucks for another domain name instead of using the website for a project they already have.
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is among 20 agencies in the country to receive a portion of $16.6 million in federal funds to plan transit-oriented development, a strategy of development that relies on new or expanded transit systems to fuel economic growth.

The JTA will receive slightly more than $1 million to plan TOD along the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C), the autonomous vehicle successor to the Skyway which will stretch 10 miles through downtown and surrounding districts.

The funds are part of the Federal Transit Administration's Pilot Program for TOD Planning, which funds planning aimed at increasing ridership, multimodal connectivity and mixed-use development near transit stations. Jacksonville was the fifth highest award winner out of the 20 agencies to receive funding.

JTA CEO Nat Ford has called for the U2C to connect the "barbell" of downtown, anchored on one end by the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center and on the other by TIAA Bank Field. The U2C will use the Skyway's 2.5-mile elevated infrastructure and extend onto surface roads via off-ramps.

Full article: https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2018/12/18/jta-gets-federal-funds-to-densify-downtown-around.html
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