VyStar Parking Garage

Located on the south side of West Forsyth Street between Main and Laura streets, the VyStar Parking Garage will provide parking for the 1,000 employees VyStar Credit Union relocated to its headquarters campus Downtown, the nearby Barnett and Laura Street Trio projects and the general public. The seven-story, 280,804 square-foot parking garage will provide 780 parking spaces as well as 13,169 square-feet of ground-floor retail space.

Designed by Dasher Hurst Architects, the project will be built by Danis Construction.

Investment: $22 Million

The Southerly

This apartment facility will include 185 residential rental units and an elevated, resort-style pool and deck on the third floor overlooking the river and downtown.

DIA incentivized this development under the condition that a new 20’ wide multi-use path be provided that connects to an expanded Riverwalk. Both the Riverwalk and multi-use path are going to be designed and constructed by the Developer for the public benefit.

Rivers Edge

Rivers Edge —with its vision for sustainable design—will encourage a healthy lifestyle and diversity. The development is slated to bring 950 residential units, 147 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of office space, 134,000 square feet of retail, a 125-slip marina and more than four acres of public park space to the long-vacant, 30-acre JEA site on Downtown’s Southbank.

The public space will include more than four acres of public park spaces, including a large central riverfront Park, and will tell the story of Jacksonville’s extraordinary medical facilities through art, exercise, gardens and interactive features. Active water access abounds with a marsh boardwalk and an extension of the Southbank Riverwalk, as well as transient boater slips and a kayak launch site.

With scenic views of both the river and the Downtown skyline, this unique setting will be a place that empowers residents and visitors to pursue and achieve wellness in their everyday lives.

Infrastructure currently under construction.
Vertical construction expected to commence 2022.

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park

The Durkeeville Historical Society and city of Jacksonville collaborated to dedicate the birth site of Jacksonville’s Johnson brothers as the “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Park. The park is named after the song written by John Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson in the late 1800s, which the NAACP calls the “Black National Anthem.”

As part of the development strategy for LaVilla, the current Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing park will be expanded and designed to celebrate James Weldon Johnson and the African-American experience. The park, which commemorates Johnson’s contributions to our nation, will invite people from all walks of life to honor this important Jacksonville native. Designed by renowned lanscape architect Walter Hood, the park will be linked to 15 other historic neighborhoods and Downtown via the Emerald Trail.

The park is currently under construction and is expected to be complete fall 2022.

Federal Reserve Building Adaptive Reuse

The Federal Reserve Building was constructed in 1923, and is a National Historic Landmark Building. The building has been abandoned for approximately 40+ years and will follow NPS guidelines for historic renovations. JWB Real Estate Companies will convert the Federal Reserve building into a mixed-use development including restaurant, business, and banquet space, along with an exterior courtyard for outdoor dining.

This historic redevelopment project is a recipient of the DIA’s Downtown Preservation and Revitalization Program (DPRP). Learn more about the program here: http://dia.coj.net/DPRP.

Investment: $7.6 Million

Baptist Convention Building Adaptive Reuse

The Baptist Convention building was constructed in 1924, by Jacksonville famed Architect Henry John Klutho, and is a National Historic Landmark Building. The building has been abandoned for approximately 40+ years and will follow NPS guidelines for historic renovations. JWB Real Estate Companies will convert the Baptist Convention Building to a mixed-use facility, comprised of two future mercantile suites, future restaurant spaces, and 24 studio and 1-bedroom apartments.

This historic redevelopment project is a recipient of the DIA’s Downtown Preservation and Revitalization Program (DPRP). Learn more about the program here: http://dia.coj.net/DPRP.

Investment: $10.8 Million

Emerald Trail Tier 1, Model Project

The first phase of the Emerald Trail is the Model Project, the 1.3-mile connection between the south end of the existing S-Line Rail Link to the intersection of Park Street and Stonewall Street, near the Convention Center. The concept of the model project is to quickly build a portion of the trail that will be highly utilized and will offer the community a tangible example of what the finished Emerald Trail can be.

The Model Project broke ground August 2021 and is expected to be complete fall 2022.

The St. Johns River Park & Friendship Fountain

St. Johns River Park, located on the Southbank waterfront between the Main Street and Acosta bridges and home to Friendship Fountain is undergoing a major transformation. Through careful curation, a more vibrant year-round public space will take shape over the next two years. Built around the theme Exploring the St. Johns River, plans for a botanical garden, a themed play park, a splash pad, concessions and fountain upgrades. The node will tell the story of the indigenous Timucuan people, Ribault’s landing in 1562 and the Ft. Caroline settlement, and botanist and horticulturist John Bartram’s travels through Jacksonville. Central to the park will be an upgraded fountain representative of the massive flow of the St. Johns and including fully functional dancing jets choreographed to music and lights.

The Downtown Investment Authority is further enhancing the experience through production of a fountain projection show and facilitating coordinated programming of the fountain, projection on the façade of the Performing Arts Center across the river, and lighting on the Acosta Bridge. The fountain shows will entertain residents and visitors nightly. Work is now underway.

Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower

The new seven-story, 250,000 SF critical care tower will serve as the “new front door” to both Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Medical Center and offer 75 new neonatal intensive care beds and 26 pediatric intensive care beds.

Investment: $187 Million

Truist Tower (Formerly BB&T Tower)

Ash Properties is renovating the BB&T Tower Downtown.

Work includes lobby renovations that include furniture, flooring and décor, bringing the common areas “up to a more modern and open look to generate the interest in and excitement of new tenants,” Whitfield said.