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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park in LaVilla is shown under construction in March 2024. | Jacksonville Daily Record
May 16, 2024

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park to open June 27

The park honors the song written in the early 1900s by Jacksonville brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson.…

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A special committee is exploring how to speed up development in Downtown Jacksonville. | Monty Zickuhr, Jacksonville Daily Record
May 14, 2024

Panel begins to explore ways to spark Downtown

A special committe of Jacksonville City Council met for the first time as it tries to speed up Downtown development.…

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Marcus Stroud, a defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2001 through 2007, plans to open Baby Got Brunch at 610 N. Julia St. Downtown. | Jacksonville Daily Record
May 9, 2024

Retired Jags player plans Downtown restaurant

Marcus Stroud, a defensive lineman for the Jaguars from 2001 through 2007, plans to open Baby Got Brunch at 610…

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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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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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April 18, 2024

OPINION | Riverfront Plaza’s dizzying complications

Redeveloping the former Landing site is overly complicated, defies common sense, is too costly, and is taking too long.…

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The Laura Street Trio at Forsyth and Laura streets Downtown.
April 11, 2024

OPINION | If at first you don’t succeed

It’s tiresome for sure, this yearslong Laura Street Trio restoration project conversation.…

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April 4, 2024

OPINION | A pocketful of miracles: Are parks central to Northbank plan?

Are parks central to plans for Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank? Or are they an after-thought?…

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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 Riverfront Plaza restaurant would be situated on the banks of the St. Johns River.
February 22, 2024

Waterfront restaurant approved over objections

Some residents fear the restaurant at the new Riverfront Plaza could be susceptible to flooding.…

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The Laura Street Trio at Forsyth and Laura streets Downtown.
December 22, 2023

New review sought on Laura Street Trio incentives

The Downtown Investment Authority now wants to weigh in on a new, more expensive deal for the redevelopment project.…

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The historic Laura Street Trio redevelopment includes apartments, a hotel and restaurant. | Jacksonville Daily Record
December 12, 2023

Laura Street Trio deal includes $22 million city loan guarantee

The Laura Street Trio project would include apartments, a hotel and a restaurant in the heart of 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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The Greenleaf & Crosby Building Downtown at 208 N. Laura St. is the former home of Jacobs Jewelers, which closed in March 2023. | Jacksonville Daily Record
August 17, 2023

$4.97 million loan approved for Greenleaf & Crosby Building

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority approved a forgivable loan package to finance improvements at the historic landmark.…