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)
Mayor 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
On 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
- Rep. Corrine Brown