Where are the projects on Northbank, Southbank
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Many construction crews have the day off on Labor Day, but News4JAX shows you what some of them are working on in Jacksonville along Northbank and Southbank.
News4JAX stepped out on Monday with the Sky 4 drone and provided an update on major projects around TIAA Bank Field and the St. Johns River.
Around the stadium, construction is underway on the Sports Performance Facility. This could be done by the start of the football season next year.
But, of course, what a lot of people encounter are the ongoing road projects in front of the stadium, like the Hart Freeway expansion. According to public works, this could be done by the end of October. This has caused a lot of confusion in the area because people just don’t know where to go.
Crossing the street is a whole different story. This is where the new Jaguars luxury hotel and office is being built. The construction is already starting, and the hope is that and they hope that it could be completed by 2025.
Further down the street, there are other projects. The area near the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is going to see parks and museums. The Museum of Science and History is planning to move to the area, and this is being worked on. At this point, the Jacksonville Fire Museum moved to the area. There have been few delays, but the big problems are going to be with the USS Orleck. It was supposed to be moved down the river, but that didn’t happen.
Now there is concern as a report from the Downtown Investment Authority to the city says the deal with the city and Orleck is about to expire. They are working on plans to develop a site to house the ship’s museum, but there are still issues to be resolved.
As for the MOSH, approval has been given to move the museum to Northbank, and site plan approval has been extended until March next year.
Further discussions are underway on the site where the old Duval County Courthouse and Old City Hall stood – known as Ford on Bay. There is now talk of adding a hotel or some type of hospitality option, as well as a housing estate
The location of the former Jacksonville Landing will be a major development site down the line. Park plans are being drawn up to go along with this controversial law. By the end of the month, there are also private development projects in this area, and there should be more details about it.
And these are just a few of the things happening on the Northbank. There are many other projects.
South Shore Projects
Across the river there are also significant waterfront developments on the south bank.
The Southbank is now a hubbub of building housing estates, apartment projects and parks.
At Friendship Fountain, construction has been going on for some time. It’s really hard to see because of the fence that has been erected around the landmark. The fountain has been tested and appears to be working, but now work is underway to develop the park area outside the fountain. It won’t be done until early next year.
Additionally, there are plans to build more apartments near the site where the River City Brewing Company restaurant once stood. The DIA worked out the details with the developer for 327 apartments, as well as a restaurant and other amenities.
On the Southbank Riverwalk, you cannot walk on it to the end. It’s closed, with a barricade and works. News4JAX asked the city about this and what’s going on. He says it’s not his plan. He says the bulkhead was rebuilt by a housing complex. The Riverwalk will remain closed, likely until the end of the month, but the city says it will make this area much safer.
But the major project on the south shore is one you may not have seen. It’s Rivers Edge, which was once called the District. Construction has started and there will be a municipal park. At present. the city is working on infrastructure, and that’s going to be major for Jacksonville. Plans currently call for 950 residential units, a hotel and offices, as well as retail and a 125-slot marina. It could be completed in 2024.
So, while some of these projects are underway and others are under discussion, the hope is that a good majority of them will at least be completed within the next two years.
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