JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three proposals were submitted Wednesday to drastically change the face of downtown Jacksonville.
“You can’t have a vibrant city without a vibrant downtown, everyone gets that,” said Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
“There are not repetitive activities, everyone loves going downtown but it’s for the event,” said Mark Farrell, consultant for Presidium. Two different visions but the same goal; to make downtown Jacksonville a destination.
Khan wants to connect the stadium, Amphitheatre and flex field to the shipyards across the street. He plans to add hotels, apartments, bars and businesses. Khans plan would also remove the ramp from the Hart Bridge and create more walkways along the river.
“The capacity for growth is infinite and we are tapping into that. We hear the same thing, downtown is dying, we have national media here and I hear from them all the time,” said Khan.
Another proposal is from Presidium – a Texas-based company. “It is going to have everything for everyone,” said Farrell. He works in Ponte Vedra. They plan to take a different approach. Creating an art museum, aquarium, convention center, tower, navy ship museum, hotels and more.
“The hotel, apartment, retail everyone has that. But to have a museum, tower, museum, and across from a stadium, amphitheatre, now you have something that no one has and you have a downtown that everyone has been praying for.”
The Presidium plan does not call for the Hart Bridge ramp to be removed. They also are proposing $20 million to help the city clean up the polluted part of the shipyards.