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JEA generating station site could house 3,500 jobs

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The Southside Generating Station property along the Southbank could accommodate up to 3,500 new jobs as part of a mixed-use development, according to a resolution being presented by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority staff.

Itís the first time a workforce figure has been attached to the possible project. The board meets at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Also new is the city is applying for a $10 million Economic Development Transportation Fund grant to build a four-lane access road to connect Prudential Drive with Kings Avenue.

The city, JEA, JTA and Duval County School Board all have been a part of the dealings. In July, the school board approved transferring 0.47 acre of its parking lot to JEA to allow for construction of a connecting road. JEA sent back 1.33 acres of the site to the schools for a replacement parking area.

As part of the ongoing land swaps, the transportation authority will vote Thursday on whether to provide 1.74 acres, including a parcel adjacent to the Kings Avenue Garage for the project. It would receive 1.02 acres from a combination of properties owned by the school board, JEA and city.

City Council will have final approval for the land swaps.

JEA is seeking proposals for the purchase and development of the 30-acre site and will issue a new Request for Proposals.

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