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Jax Daily Record Friday, Feb. 19, 202111:25 AM EST

City meetings focus on Downtown, riverfront

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The Feb. 22 event targets the urban core; Feb. 23 workshop is about riverfront development.
by: Mike Mendenhall Staff Writer

Two city events next week will focus on Downtown riverfront development and improving Jacksonville’s urban core.

Downtown

On Feb. 22, Mayor Lenny Curry will have a public discussion with corporate leaders and public officials with a “vested interest in Downtown Jacksonville.”

The 9 a.m. meeting in Multi-purpose Room 1 at the Jacksonville Main Library is open to the public.

In addition to Curry, it will be attended by:

• The Vestcor Companies Chairman John Rood. The homebuilder has been increasing its Downtown multifamily housing portfolio since 2007 and opened its 133-unit workforce housing community Lofts at Brooklyn on Feb. 11. 

• Fidelity National Information Services Inc. Chairman and CEO Gary Norcross. The Jacksonville-based, global financial technology firm is building a 12-story, $156 million world headquarters in Brooklyn.

• JAXUSA President Aundra Wallace.

• Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford.

• Hanania Automotive Group CEO Jack Hanania. The car dealer also invests in Downtown properties and owns the Title & Trust Company of Florida Building and the Dyal-Upchurch Building. 

• GreenPointe Holdings LLC CEO Ed Burr.

Riverfront

The Downtown Investment Authority will discuss public park and private commercial development along the St. Johns riverfront Feb. 23 in a joint workshop with City Council and the Downtown Development Review Board. 

DIA is working on a riverfront development strategy with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. 

DIA CEO Lori Boyer said Feb. 17 the nonprofit will make a presentation along with the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, which plans to move its facility to the Shipyards property on the Downtown Northbank by 2024. 

The meeting also will include time for community comments, Boyer said.

The noon workshop will be in the Jacksonville Main Public Library at 303 N. Laura Street. 

The DIA workshop will have a virtual attendance option on Zoom: 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/98520909500?pwd=S2YvbEdvdXRMSHVLVlJWZE0xbzZLdz09

Meeting ID: 985 2090 9500

Passcode: 237408

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