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Year of Action for Downtown

January 28, 2019  
Earlier this month, our city witnessed the implosion of the Old City Hall Annex building on Bay Street.
 
Old City Hall Annex building implosion, as seen from the Southbank Riverwalk
The removal clears the way for increased growth and development opportunities in downtown Jacksonville. 

Progress has been made on many key projects in the last few years, and my administration maintains our commitment to opportunities that improve our city.
 
There are a number of downtown projects that are either already underway, or where work is expected to begin this year. Projects like The District on the Southbank of the river, new housing and commercial properties in Brooklyn and LaVilla, and renovations of historic places like The Ambassador Hotel and Jones Bros. Furniture building.
 
We’re also clearing the way for future development through the reconfiguration of the Hart Bridge ramps with $12.5 million in federal BUILD grant funds.
 
And there are even more opportunities on the horizon. We are continuing to work collaboratively with developers, Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) and City Council to solidify and develop plans for The Shipyards, Lot J and the sports complex. And we’ll continue our efforts to bring resolution and new life to the failing Jacksonville Landing.
 
Downtown Jacksonville is at a critical turning point, which requires continued momentum. I am incredibly pleased and excited to see the continued growth of our urban core.