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Lori Boyer, CEO of Jacksonville's Downtown Investment Authority, speaks to City Council during a special meeting about the potential city investment in the redevelopment of the Laura Street Trio. | Screenshot from city of Jacksonville website
May 9, 2024

DIA expected to extend CEO’s contract next week

Lori Boyer has been CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority since 2019. Her contract is scheduled to end in June.…

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Senior volunteers from the USS Orleck maritime museum, on the west side of the planned Shipyards West Park, look at design drawings for the site. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
May 8, 2024

Shipyards West Park: Here’s what’s planned

The plans, 60% complete, include a cafe, open lawn for events, boardwalk, sports courts, kayak and boat rental, and more.…

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Jacksonville City Council President Ron Salem is creating a special committee to investigate Downtown development. | Bill Bortzfield, Jacksonville Today
April 29, 2024

New committee seeks answers on Downtown development

Jacksonville City Council President Ron Salem is creating a special committee to examine the work of the Downtown Investment Authority.…

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A rendering of The Lofts at Southbank, a mixed-use development including offices, housing, self-storage and retail space.
April 16, 2024

Southbank self storage, affordable housing plan wins over zoning committee

City Council members on the Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday narrowly endorsed a rezoning request that could…

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An illustration of the Gateway Jax development Downtown shows a fountain plaza. The $500 million mixed-use development includes apartments, a grocery and retail space. | Jacksonville Daily Record
March 11, 2024

Downtown’s time has come, developers say

Some of Jacksonville’s biggest developers say Downtown is nearing a tipping point and you won’t recognize it in a few…

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board is discussing a mixed-use development next to the Rosa Parks Skyway station. | Jacksonville Transportation Authority
December 14, 2023

Housing planned alongside Rosa Parks Transit Station in Downtown Jax

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is discussing a development combining housing, retail and a grocery store.…

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October 31, 2023

THE JAXSON | 5 restaurants coming to Downtown

Downtown’s culinary scene continues to grow. Here are five restaurant concepts headed to Jacksonville’s central business district.…

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Jacksonville City Council President Ron Salem is creating a special committee to investigate Downtown development. | Bill Bortzfield, Jacksonville Today
October 26, 2023

Downtown Jax is finally starting to grow

Although problems remain, a new report paints a rosy picture of new homes, hotels and businesses in Downtown Jacksonville.…

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One Riverside is under construction at the former Florida Times-Union campus along the St. Johns River. The development includes apartments, retail and a Whole Foods Market. | Special to the Jacksonville Daily Record
September 29, 2023

In Downtown Jax: Developers wait out rising costs

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer says the pace of development is “terrific” but the pipeline of future projects is…

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September 20, 2023

Gateway Jax launches plans for Downtown development that could reach $2B

A $500 million mixed-used development in Downtown Jacksonville with apartments and a grocery store is Phase 1 of a project…

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May 9, 2023

THE JAXSON | The lost shipyards of Jacksonville

Here are five large shipyards that once laid down vessels on Jacksonville’s working waterfront.…

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March 14, 2023

THE JAXSON | Lenny’s Lawn: A 4-year retrospective

Here’s a look back at the decisions that led to “Lenny’s Lawn” and what the future may hold for the…

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March 7, 2023

THE JAXSON | 15 major apartment projects underway in or near Downtown

Here are 15 significant apartment or townhouse projects currently under construction in or near Downtown Jacksonville.…

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Caption: First Coast Energy looks to convert portions of this LaVilla property into a mixed-use development with a Daily’s Place gas station. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 17, 2023

Downtown board’s deferral of planned LaVilla gas station hailed as community victory 

A Jan. 12 deferral means the Downtown Improvement Authority will bring the DDRB’s concerns to Jacksonville-based First Coast Energy before…

January 4, 2022

OPINION | Changing the urban landscape in 2022

Jacksonville’s Urban Core is growing again after decades of decline, the Emerald Trail has broken ground, and the Downtown Northbank…

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December 7, 2021

OPINION | The forgotten factor behind Downtown Jax’s struggles

Analyses of Downtown Jacksonville’s continued struggles typically focus on factors within Downtown’s boundaries. Though generally overlooked, one external factor may…

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November 30, 2021

OPINION | 5 development myths that hold Downtown Jax back

Does demolishing old buildings prime the pump for flashy ones? Is 10,000 residents the magic number necessary to enliven Downtown…