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ULI North Florida launches inaugural Awards for Excellence

  • Ginny Myrick of Myrick Policy Group Inc. chaired the ULI awards committee.
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  • David Ponsler (left) of Ponsler Metal Design was commissioned by Urban Land Institute North Florida to design the awards presented Thursday evening to the winners of the inaugural ULI Awards for Excellence. From left, Wayne Wood represented the Riverside Arts Market, the winner of the 2012 Public Service category; University of North Florida President John Delaney received the 2012 Visionary Leader Award; and Michael Balanky accepted the award in the Downtown category for development of the 141-unit San Marco Place condominium on the Southbank. Not pictured is Leith Oatman, who accepted the award in the Private Sector category for the CSX Corp. relocation of more than 970 employees from 301 W. Bay St. to 550 Water St., next to CSX Corp. headquarters Downtown.
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  • Melissa Ross, the host of First Coast Connect on 89.9 FM WJCT, was the emcee of the event. Playwright, actor and producer Al Letson opened the evening with his performance of a poem about Downtown.
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  • Oatman and Delaney before the awards ceremony, attended by an estimated 125 people. Oatman is an interior designer and a principal in Gresham, Smith and Partners Corporate & Urban Design Studio
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  • Mayor Alvin Brown (left) huddled with (clockwise) Jacksonville Civic Council Chairman and ULI International Chairman Peter Rummell, Office of Economic Development Acting Executive Director Paul Crawford, Financial News & Daily Record Publisher Jim Bailey, Civic Council Executive Director Don Shea and former Jacksonville Economic Development Commission member Bob Rhodes. Bailey and Shea were nominated by City Council President Bill Bishop to serve as inaugural members of the nine-member Downtown Investment Authority. Bishop nominated four members and Brown nominated five.
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by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

An estimated 125 people gathered Thursday evening Downtown at the Museum of Contemporary Art for the inaugural Urban Land Institute North Florida Awards for Excellence.

The winners and categories were:

• San Marco Place, Downtown. San Marco Place is a 440,000-square-foot, 141-unit mixed-use condominium project on the Southbank. Developer Michael Balanky accepted the award. He and Jay Southerland developed the project.

• CSX 550 Water Street Relocation, Private Sector. Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. relocated more than 970 employees from 301 W. Bay St. to 550 Water St., next to its Downtown headquarters. Interior designer Leith Oatman of Gresham, Smith and Partners accepted the award.

• Riverside Arts Market, Public Sector. The weekly Riverside Arts Market began in 2009 along Riverside Avenue under the Fuller Warren Bridge overpass. Wayne Wood, founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, developed the idea for the market and accepted the award. He called architect Melody Bishop to the stage to accept the award with him.

• Visionary Leaders Award. University of North Florida President John Delaney was presented the award for his use of urban growth management strategies at the UNF campus. Delaney, who served as Jacksonville mayor from 1995-2003, also was recognized for his growth management efforts, including the Preservation Project to buy land for preservation and for the Better Jacksonville Plan of capital, economic development and growth management improvements.

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