City issues permits for construction of indoor skydiving center.
The iFly Indoor Skydiving center near St. Johns Town Center is on the rise. The city approved permits Monday for ARCO/Murray Construction Co. of Tampa to build the $4.37 million structure to house the facility and its flight chamber.
At almost 60 feet tall, the iFly on 1.14 acres at 10579 Brightman Blvd. will provide a simulated skydiving experience. It is west of Interstate 295 and south of Topgolf.
Sky Entertainment LLC Managing Partner Chester Schwartz previously estimated iFly will open the first of the year. To keep up with it, Facebook.com/iFLYJacksonville/ will post updates, such as construction photos.
Plans show the 5,000-square-foot enclosed building will rise about 59 feet and 6 inches that make way for the fans and tunnel that allow patrons to simulate skydiving. Schwartz said the grade will be raised 5 feet.
He said the investment is almost $15 million.
Its technology creates a wall-to-wall air cushion generated by giant fans in a flight chamber. The force can be adjusted for a participant’s body weight.