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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2021, 11:19:02 AM »
I'm actually not disappointed in this group investing in the routine maintenance of downtown. These are no-brainer things that should have been apparent six years ago. These are things that help the development that's currently taking place in the Northbank. I'm actually happier with cleaning up the place (assuming they don't go start bulldozing historically significant buildings.....especially in LaVilla and Brooklyn) and them not trying to force through big ticket items like building a new convention center.

I was thinking this was more along "rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titantic."  I guess we shall see if it leads to more worthwhile steps in time.  Not holding my breath.

By the way, not off to a good start when 2 members didn't make it and one sent a representative.  That's about half of the invitees.

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...The panel at the Jacksonville Main Library included JAXUSA President Aundra Wallace, Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford, Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer and Fidelity National Information Services Inc. Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Amy Mergen.

Curry also named Hanania Automotive Group CEO Jack Hanania and GreenPointe Holdings LLC CEO Ed Burr to the working group, but the mayor said they were unable to attend Feb. 22....

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/mayoral-panel-to-recommend-deliverable-downtown-improvements
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2021, 12:30:32 PM »
Nate Monroe's thoughts on today's DIA meeting.

Reminder, you can join this one on Zoom:

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The Downtown Investment Authority will discuss public park and private commercial development along the St. Johns riverfront Feb. 23 in a joint workshop with City Council and the Downtown Development Review Board.

DIA is working on a riverfront development strategy with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

DIA CEO Lori Boyer said Feb. 17 the nonprofit will make a presentation along with the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, which plans to move its facility to the Shipyards property on the Downtown Northbank by 2024.

The meeting also will include time for community comments, Boyer said.

The noon workshop will be in the Jacksonville Main Public Library at 303 N. Laura Street.

The DIA workshop will have a virtual attendance option on Zoom:

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2021, 12:46:28 PM »
Good, informative presentations so far. I'd push back on one thing said though. Lori Boyer mentioned the 2015 CRA plan as being a "master plan". I'd argue that it is not or if it is, it's a bad one. A master plan should not determine what takes place on private property (I agree with her here), however, it should certainly state and show the community intention and vision for publicly owned properties. For example, if there's going to be a convention center, show the site, include how it will be funded and when it will be constructed. The same could be applied for the train station. Do we envision passenger rail returning? If so, when and how much will it be estimated to cost. Until we get there with many of our key catalytic public sites, we're somewhat in the dark, when it comes to leveraging the private sector, public support and encouraging certain types of uses in key locations.
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2021, 06:52:11 PM »
Business Journal coverage of today's DIA meeting.  Note the "update" to the Downtown plan.  How extensive is that likely to be and how transparent is the process with how much public input?

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Riverfront development workshop: 'St. Johns River is our lifeblood'

Pushing back against the narrative that the city does not have a real plan for the future of the Jacksonville riverfront, public officials and stakeholders came together Tuesday to share their vision for the "asset and treasure."

In an effort to address a variety of questions and concerns, the Downtown Investment Authority hosted a public workshop regarding development plans along the St. Johns riverfront.

“We have repeatedly heard from members of the public and in the media that there is no masterplan for downtown, and we’re simply looking at projects piecemeal — in fact there is one that was adopted in 2015,” said DIA CEO Lori Boyer. “After more than 40 public meetings with extensive public and stakeholder input, we want to focus on that plan today, in particular respect to riverfront development and how it continues to guide us.”

DIA board members and representatives of organizations and developers with a vested interest in the riverfront discussed a variety of proposed and plan projects, including the Shipyards and the Museum of Science and History’s proposed relocation.

Boyer said the DIA is currently engaged in the obligatory process of updating the city’s downtown development masterplan, something the DIA is required to do every five years.


The masterplan, a more than 300-page document, entails a variety of details on the city’s and the DIA’s plans for downtown as a whole, including the riverfront.

“Our plan is a collection of goals and strategies that specifically come together and integrate to talk about how we develop the downtown riverfront,” Boyer said. “The concept is to celebrate the river, through design, access, connectivity and placemaking. There are specific strategic objectives that relate to each of those that we have been continuing to implement from a design standpoint.”

Boyer outlined several strategic objectives, such as ensuring that the riverfront is physically and visually accessible, enforcing a 50-foot minimum building setback from the river, formalizing guidelines for the design and orientation of buildings, prioritizing beautification via Florida-friendly landscaping and encouraging public river access.

Jessie Ball duPont Fund


Mari Kuraishi, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, followed Boyer’s presentation and said the fund would be commissioning research focused on the riverfront.

The research’s objective will be to “identify broad-based principles and preferences of Jacksonville stakeholders that will inform how we plan and design for public and private waterfront spaces for maximum prosperity, inclusion and benefit.”

“We are, like everyone else in this room, convinced that the St. Johns River is our lifeblood, asset and treasure, and there is a huge amount of potential to be leveraged from this river for the public,” Kuraishi said.

Kuraishi said his organization has already spoken with city council members, as well as MOSH and other organizations directly engaged in riverfront development.

MOSH


Christian Harden, managing partner at NAI Hallmark and chair for MOSH’s Board of Trustees, spoke about MOSH’s plans to relocate to the Northbank on what’s known as “Lot X,” located immediately east of the Hogans Creek basin.

“We see our location as some place that patrons would come for a Jumbo Shrimp game and come to MOSH or go to a Jaguars game or to Daily’s Place or the arena, etc.,” Harden said. “Really, it’s a full-day event location and destination place.”

Harden added that the developing Sports District and the connection to the Emerald Trail would also benefit MOSH’s relocation to the space.

Shipyards


Likewise, Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping spoke during the workshop, recapping Iguana Investment’s plans to redevelop the Shipyards parcel to include a 180-room Four Seasons Hotel, 26 units of Four Seasons-branded residences and an Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

“We prefer that the hotel and residences are located near public parks and other cultural institutions. We think that’s a key part of the plan,” Lamping said. “We’re working hand in hand with the staff on putting the puzzle together, but we’re not there yet.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2021/02/23/dia-talks-riverfront-development-workshop.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=ae&utm_content=ja&ana=&j=23026171

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2021, 10:37:18 AM »
Business Journal coverage of today's DIA meeting.  Note the "update" to the Downtown plan.  How extensive is that likely to be and how transparent is the process with how much public input?

The consultant contract is for something like $600,000 - so hopefully that includes a robust engagement effort. Note that the effort includes a heavy dose of economic analysis, so its more than a typical master plan.

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2021, 11:21:41 AM »
A draft is supposed to be completed by summer, so that it can be adopted before September.
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2021, 11:22:08 AM »
Business Journal coverage of today's DIA meeting.  Note the "update" to the Downtown plan.  How extensive is that likely to be and how transparent is the process with how much public input?

The consultant contract is for something like $600,000 - so hopefully that includes a robust engagement effort. Note that the effort includes a heavy dose of economic analysis, so its more than a typical master plan.
Is the DuPont fund already working on that, or has it not yet been awarded?

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2021, 12:10:10 PM »
^This has already been awarded. It was given to GAI.
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2021, 12:23:32 PM »
Running in parallel is the City's Adaption Action Area workshop series, looking at the coming impacts of sea and river level rise, increased rainfall, and other changes leading to more widespread flooding.  Four of the six workshops have been held - including one this morning. The remaining two are Friday morning, at 10:00 AM, and Monday evening at 6:00 PM, they run between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Here is the project website https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/Xw1Lx9X21L8

The Adaption Area (in purple) covers much of downtown, notably including pretty much the entire stadium area (sorry, I can't seem to embed this image)
https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/5VjYlOyJzob

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2021, 12:27:21 PM »
A draft is supposed to be completed by summer, so that it can be adopted before September.

6 months? That should be enough time for a few engagement events over the spring and summer. Hard to do so with the pandemic still going on and everything, but it should be doable, right?
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2021, 12:33:34 PM »
^This has already been awarded. It was given to GAI.

I am wondering how this sausage gets made.  There are thousands of permutations on a master plan.  How is the process narrowed down to one and whose perspective counts the most?

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2021, 12:39:47 PM »
Running in parallel is the City's Adaption Action Area workshop series, looking at the coming impacts of sea and river level rise, increased rainfall, and other changes leading to more widespread flooding.  Four of the six workshops have been held - including one this morning. The remaining two are Friday morning, at 10:00 AM, and Monday evening at 6:00 PM, they run between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Here is the project website https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/Xw1Lx9X21L8

The Adaption Area (in purple) covers much of downtown, notably including pretty much the entire stadium area (sorry, I can't seem to embed this image)
https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/5VjYlOyJzob

I caught the one on Monday about the Urban Core and Social Vulnerability. I plan to listen to another next week about Historic Resources.
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2021, 12:41:54 PM »
^This has already been awarded. It was given to GAI.

I am wondering how this sausage gets made.  There are thousands of permutations on a master plan.  How is the process narrowed down to one and whose perspective counts the most?

They've been working on this since last year. Basically, the DIA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP/RFQ) for qualified consulting firms to perform a scope of services, identifying what they'd like completed. A certain number of firms responded with proposals and GAI was selected.
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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2021, 01:18:01 PM »
^ I wasn't referring to selection of the consultant but the process of producing the updated master plan  8).

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Re: Mayor, local leaders to discuss improvements in Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #44 on: February 24, 2021, 01:54:10 PM »
^The DIA prepared a scope of services that defines the process they want. Later, I'll convert it to jpegs and upload to this thread.
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