Next up at Khan’s Shipyards site: marina building, event lawn and Riverwalk

The project rounds out the Downtown property where Four Seasons and an office building are in development.

The Marina Support Building includes a restaurant space with outdoor seating.
The Marina Support Building includes a restaurant space with outdoor seating.
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In the wake of issuing a permit for an office building and reviewing one for the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences, the city now is looking over civil engineering plans for a third component of the Downtown Jacksonville riverfront Shipyards development.

The plans are for the marina support building, event lawn and Riverwalk that are planned on 1.92 acres next to the hotel and office building.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s company, Iguana Investments Florida LLC, filed those plans May 15 with the city for review.

The cover sheet gives the Iguana address as 5 Shipyards Place at the Northbank riverfront site near EverBank Stadium. The Jaguars offices are expected to move into the building from EverBank Stadium, which is expected to be renovated starting next year.

Jacksonville-based England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer.

The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, office building, left, and the Marina Support Building (front right)

The master site plan shows a waterfront marina support building and restaurant with outside dining south of an event lawn.

The lawn is south of the office building. The lawn and marina are west of the Four Seasons. 

The marina fronts proposed Riverwalk improvements.

Shipyards Place is shown as a roadway from Bay Street running south to a roundabout at the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk continues south along some boat slips and then west along the riverfront toward Downtown.

The hotel, residences, office building, marina and lawn project is at southeast Bay Street and Shipyards Place. 

While Shipyards Place runs west of the marina, there is no traffic access to the marina site. 

The site plan for the marina support building.

Access to the marina will be via the Riverwalk, hotel, event lawn and office tower. 

The Downtown Development Review board approved the application for the project April 11, 2024, according to an April 15 letter from the Downtown Investment Authority to the project applicant, Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow lawyer Cyndy Trimmer.

The letter said plans and permits would be reviewed for consistency with those submittals. Any changes would require further DDRB approval.

Conditions included a signage specification and that all site furnishings, hardscaping and landscaping used on the Riverwalk would be consistent with Riverwalk design criteria.

Previous plans for the marina project showed a 6,000-square-foot building that included a 1,847-square-foot restaurant space with 72 seats. There also were 40 outdoor seats.

Other spaces in the building included office, retail, public restrooms and storage.

The event lawn space is about 16,000 square feet.

The project architect is kasper architects + associates. ETM also is the landscape architect.

Office building, Four Seasons

The city issued a permit May 9 for Khan’s development company to build the six-story office building at a construction cost of almost $39.2 million.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s development company is building a six-story office building at the Downtown Shipyards at 1406 E. Bay St.

PCL Construction LLC of Orlando is the contractor for the structure, now addressed as 1406 E. Bay St. 

Shipyards Office LLC is the developer.

The office building is designed with 132,493 square feet of enclosed space and 10,185 square feet of unenclosed space on 1.49 acres.

It is designed on the property where Khan’s company applied to the city in September for permits to build the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences at a cost of $215.1 million and the office building. The hotel permit is in review.

HKS Architects of Coral Gables is the architect.

PCL Construction started site work in November 2022 and the city approved foundation permits in June 2023.

The combined almost $254.3 million cost for the vertical construction comprises the office building and the 10-story Four Seasons Hotel & Residences consisting of 170 hotel guestrooms and 26 residential units on 5.1 acres.

Stadium of the Future

The work coincides with the start of the city’s review of a proposed deal with the Jaguars to renovate EverBank into the Stadium of the Future, a $1.4 billion project presented May 14 to Jacksonville City Council.

The Jacksonville Jaguars 'Stadium of the Future' is shown in this rendering released May 14.

Mayor Donna Deegan and the Jaguars propose that the city provide $775 million in public funding and provide long-term maintenance for the facility.

The framework of the deal includes a 50-50 split with the Jaguars for the estimated $1.25 billion cost of building the stadium. In addition, the city would provide $150 million for deferred maintenance and ongoing capital improvements. 

The split for the total cost is 55-45 with the city picking up the majority. The Jaguars will cover cost overruns. 

Council is reviewing the deal.



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