Author Topic: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza  (Read 14939 times)

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2014, 06:35:54 AM »
From Jen Jones, the Unity Plaza Leader:

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Hi guys. Unity Plaza has been taking on it's final, thoughtful, beautiful physical form in GC groundbreaking meetings as well as it's branding evolving into a clear picture of the performing arts plaza's true purpose thanks to the drill-it-down insight of Jan Gaunder Hirabayashi and Jeffrey D Harrington.

We also wholeheartedly supported performing talents via our One Spark stage due to ‪#‎WeRStr8Allies‬ and the incredible nurturing of Kristi Lee Schatz, Alex Coley and Dave Auchter and came in the top 10% of One Spark winners.

I personally retreated to be fully present and make way for the culmination of all of this (and to move to the Zoo area and help the kids with end of school assignments). Excitement doesn't begin to describe what's coming. ‪#‎UnityPlazaJax‬ is responsible for delivering 365 days of electrifying events to our city and we are READY FOR NOVEMBER 2014! Loving you all virtually - stay closely tuned!
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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2014, 08:01:36 AM »
^The city is spending $2,000,000 for the park? Then what triggers a $700,000 plus additional city payback to the developer? Wanting to understand the numbers better. Thats all.

The $700,000 you are referring to is for HEMMING plaza, not Unity Plaza.

Not true.  The City also is giving Unity Plaza $750,000 to maintain it.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2014, 04:27:11 PM »
Some details n story on JBJ, looks pretty nice. 

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2014, 05:15:43 PM »
^^^Here it is.

Unity Plaza unveils updated plans for urban park

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Although Unity Plaza won't be officially opening until March, it will start offering events open the public before then, kicking off with the Jacksonville Holiday Bash on Dec. 11. The celebration, sponsored by key North Florida Building Industry Associations, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., will include a "Rock Your Ugly Sweater Celebrity Fashion Show" with numerous city officials in attendance, including Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace, Moody Chisholm of St. Vincent's Health and Paul Astleford of Visit Jacksonville. The event will raise funds for Unity Plaza and other designated children's charities including PACE Center for Girls, Hero Bakers, and Don't Miss A Beat.

The Unity Plaza site adjacent to Hallmark Partner's 220 Riverside development is not just another public park, said Alex Coley, principal of Hallmark Partners Inc., but is meant to be a central gathering place for residents and visitors."Jacksonville is about to get its own Central Park," Coley said during a tour of the new development. "The idea is based on the designs of successful parks like Bryant Park in New York City and Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.".

The non-profit — also called Unity Plaza — will have a corporate office and classroom at the base of 220 Riverside, offering community engagement activities like yoga and art classes.
Unity Plaza park, which is the result of a public private partnership with the city, will feature an outdoor amphitheatre, a built-in state-of-the-art sound system and a 100-yard viewing deck that when finished will seat more than 2,000 people.

Hallmark Partners and the city have invested about $10 million, and the nonprofit is looking to raise more money to continue building out the site. "We're in the process of getting together fundraising needed for capital improvements required to take the essential, foundational infrastructure the city is building to the next level so that it is a state of the art facility," Executive Director Jen Jones said.

Jones said the park will feature 365 days of events each year, including community walk/runs that support the city's other nonprofits. The venue will be used to host a wide range of performers from the "Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra" to mainstream artists like "Sheryl Crow," Coley said. More than 70 percent of the events will be free to the public.

http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/12/05/unity-plaza-unveils-updated-plans-for-urban-park.html
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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2014, 05:58:34 PM »
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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #50 on: February 18, 2015, 09:10:54 AM »
Jax Federal Credit Union signs on as $100,000 sponsor for Unity Plaza:

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=544907