Renew Jax
Renew Jax

Renew Jax:
Renewing Our City, One Neighborhood at a Time

Renew Jax is founded on public-private partnerships to improve and expand housing opportunities, promote economic development and job creation, and strengthen families.  The initiative will empower neighborhoods and improve quality of life.  The initial projects are located in East Jacksonville and Northwest Jacksonville. 

As part of Renew Jax, LISC has committed to investing $20 million to support housing, business expansion, and commercial corridor revitalization. These private resources will help leverage federal, state and City funding. 

Initial projects will include City, state and federal investments that will total $15.5 million, including nearly $10 million in federal grant funding to remove blight, improve housing and support new sidewalks, drainage and water lines. The administration and Council will consider future opportunities to invest strategically in other areas.

Renew Jax Information Sheet | 1st Street Redevelopment Project Information Sheet | Renew Jax Slideshow Presentation

News Release: Mayor, LISC Unveil Major Neighborhood Improvements To 'Renew Jax' (Nov. 24, 2014)

Breaking Ground at C.B. Dailey VillasMayor Alvin Brown was joined by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and Council Member Dr. Johnny Gaffney on Dec. 15, 2014 to announce the C.B. Dailey Villas redevelopment project on 1st Street. The investment in East Jacksonville is intended to provide quality housing options, with preference for veterans to continue empowering neighborhoods.  

C.B. Dailey Villas will provide affordable, quality rental housing for individuals living between 50 to 120 percent of the area’s median income, and designed to attract local veterans. Construction is expected to be completed August 2015 and will consist of 24 one-bedroom apartment homes and feature a fully-equipped fitness center and billiard room. The total project cost is $3.3 million – with funding from federal, state and private sources, including a generous grant of $200,000 from EverBank.

News Release: Renew Jax Project to Bring New Housing Opportunities to Eastside (Dec. 15, 2014)

In his speech at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Mayor Brown announced a comprehensive series of crime prevention and intervention strategies that involve faith leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, parks, youth sports, law enforcement and the juvenile justice system working together to help keep Jacksonville’s young people out of trouble. 

News Release: Mayor Brown Launches Crime Prevention & Intervention Strategies (Jan. 16, 2015)

Crime Prevention & Intervention Initiatives Fact Sheet | Watch video from Mayor Brown's speech  

Mayor and City Council Members announced Renew Arlington on Feb. 11, 2015On Feb. 12, 2015, Mayor Alvin Brown joined City Council members and Jacksonville University President Tim Cost to announce that Renew Jax is expanding to the Arlington area. A culmination of 12 months of work and community input, Mayor Brown said that Renew Arlington is focused on rejuvenating private investment by designating a specific section within Arlington as a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) with a Redevelopment Trust Fund. For a 20-year period, all new revenues generated from increased property values in the redevelopment area would be dedicated to economic development, housing, infrastructure and other projects that benefit the Arlington area.

News Release: Renew Jax Initiative Expands to Arlington (Feb. 11, 2015)

Renew Arlington Fact Sheet

News Release: Renew Jax Legislation Passed Unanimously By City Council
(March 12, 2015)

On March 20, 2015, Mayor Brown joined City Council Vice President Greg Anderson and City Councilman Reggie Brown to sign his Renew Jax legilsation into law. Learn more about the bill signing

On June 16, 2015, Mayor Alvin Brown and Councilmember Reggie Brown broke ground on a major drainage project along Avenue B and Zinnia Avenue on Jacksonville’s Northside. View the Avenue B & Zinnia Avenue Fact Sheet

The project, which invests more than $3 million, includes the installation of over 1,300 feet of box culvert to improve drainage in the area. The completed construction will also increase driver and pedestrian safety by enclosing the existing drainage ditch along Avenue B and Zinnia Avenue from Edgewood Avenue to Moncrief Road.

News Release: City Breaks Ground On Avenue B Drainage Project In Magnolia Gardens

Edward Waters College/Kings Road Corridor Subcommittee

February 5, 2015
March 16, 2015

What People Are Saying

“I believe this initiative is good for our city as well as the community. It's time we rally behind progress and maximize federal funding to help rebuild our hardest hit areas that desperately need transformation.”
- Council Member Reggie Brown, District 10 

"With this funding, we are finally making a significant down payment on many of the long standing drainage issues that have plagued the majority of older neighborhoods for several decades."
- Council Member Warren Jones, District 9

“Renew Jax is a major citywide initiative with public-private partnerships that will empower Jacksonville neighborhoods, improve quality of life and expand economic opportunities. LISC Jacksonville is a key partner, with a commitment to invest $20 million in our community to leverage federal and state funding secured by the City of Jacksonville.  Starting with residential and infrastructure investments in Northwest and East Jacksonville, our goal is to renew Jacksonville – one neighborhood at a time.”
- Mayor Alvin Brown

“I’m proud of what’s happening in Jacksonville and all the hard work being done to transform neighborhoods. [Renew Jax] is not just a victory for East Jacksonville, it’s a step in the right direction for the entire city.”
- Rep. Corrine Brown

“The City of Jacksonville has been an important partner for LISC and our $20 million commitment allows us to invest in a mutual neighborhood economic and community development strategy aimed at reducing crime havens and neighborhood blight, thereby creating vibrant communities, healthier and safer neighborhoods, with new employment opportunities. Through Renew Jax, the City, LISC, and our community development partners are moving forward on this agenda. Through our ongoing commitment and partnership, we will continue to tackle the challenges and help Jacksonville achieve her full potential.”
- Janet Owens, executive director of LISC Jacksonville