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 design is nearing completion and construction will begin fall 2020. The Model Project is expected to be complete fall 2021.

The St. Johns River Park & Friendship Fountain

St. Johns River Park is located on the Southbank waterfront between the Main Street and Acosta bridges and is home to the iconic Friendship Fountain. When the park opened in 1965, the Fountain of Friendship (named at the suggestion of a Rotary Club member because one of the Club’s cardinal principles is friendship) was the world’s largest and tallest fountain, capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. Accentuated by colored lights at night, it soon became a popular tourist destination and local recreation site. Currently, both the Museum of Science and History and a popular restaurant with its own marina occupy portions of the original park property. The park provides a wonderful view of downtown Jacksonville and access to the Southbank Riverwalk that opened in 1985. In addition, the Jacksonville Maritime Museum is located on the Riverwalk, adjacent to the northeast corner of the park.

Looking Ahead…
Through careful curation, a more vibrant year-round public space will take shape over the next two years.

Built around the theme of exploring the St. Johns River, the park will include an extraordinary themed playground dubbed Ribault’s Landing and featuring a ship play structure mimicking the “Trinite”, a splash pad with spraying reeds and alligators, and a concession stand and restroom modeled after a Timucuan lodge. On the opposite side of the fountain, a lush, colorful and shady botanical garden will highlight Bartram’s Travels through the area and his early records of the diverse Florida flora providing a waterfront respite for those who wish to stroll the pathways or enjoy the spectacular views of Downtown from one of several seating areas. The park will include an upgraded natural picnic area for groups visiting the adjacent Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and complements plans for expansion of the museum.

The park’s centerpiece, Friendship Fountain, will remain the focal point dramatically representing both the massive flow of the river and its’ ever-changing moods and patterns. The three existing rings of jets will remain, but the addition of new accent jets, lighting, and speakers will allow for production of spectacular water shows. 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. Slated for spring 2021 completion, the fountain shows will entertain residents and visitors nightly.

Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower

When completed in early 2021, the new building will serve as the new front entrance to both Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, which provide our region with highly specialized tertiary and quaternary services, including pediatric trauma care.

The building is designed to make it easy for patients and visitors to find their way anywhere in the medical center, as well as to increase visibility and accessibility from I-95. To enhance convenience and safety, it will be linked directly to the medical center’s new multi-level parking deck by a skybridge over Palm Avenue.

“This new building will be our new ‘front door,’ essentially reorienting our entire campus,” said Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Hospital President Michael Mayo. “We intend to create an extraordinary patient and family experience for all who enter.”

Ventures Southbank Apartments

DIA incentivized this development, located on the Southbank by Baptist Health, 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. The Developer, Southbank Apartment Ventures, LLC., is in the process of building a rental apartment facility which will be eight stories and include 184 residential rental units.

Truist Tower (Formerly BB&T Tower)

Ash Properties has begun renovations of the BB&T Tower Downtown.

Work will include 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.

TIAA Bank Field

The Jaguars’ home stadium has undergone significant changes and upgrades in its 22-year history. But as many new buildings and designs have come on line around the NFL, Jacksonville is still able to boast one of the most fan-friendly and technologically-advanced stadiums in the league.

The Cool Zone is currently undergoing construction: Shaded outdoor space puts your event in the middle of all the action!

The Cool Zone lives just between the general bowl of EverBank Field and the all new Daily’s Place amphitheater. Newly renovated in 2017, this covered, outdoor area has built in concessions and video technology. It set’s up perfectly for a picnic, corporate gathering, family reunion and many other events.

Booking Information:
The team at Bold Events is your one-stop concierge service for planning your world-class event at TIAA Bank Field. Whether you’re looking to plan a corporate event, social affair, trade show or community festival, our creative and knowledgeable staff are prepared to assist from start to finish. Let us help you take your idea from vision to reality, using one of a diverse selection of available event spaces.

Booking Contact: events@jaguars.com

Ashley Street Shipping Container Apartments

Jacksonville-based JWB Real Estate Capital first presented the project to DDRB in May. The $1.2 million project will bring 18 multifamily units to the 0.13-acre lot located at 412 E. Ashley St. in the Cathedral District. Rents for the roughly 320-square-foot studio apartments will start at $550.

Each shipping container costs between $60,000 and $70,000.

The Ritz Theatre and Museum

The Ritz is truly a special place where history’s missing chapters are being restored, where talent is nurtured, and creativity is celebrated. Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a unique energy that leaves you with a special feeling.

The Ritz will remain open while undergoing upgrades, including upgrades to building systems & security improvements.

Booking Information:

The Ritz Theatre and Museum features an intimate 400-seat theatre with a state-of-the-art sound system, lighting and a performance stage (30’ x 40’). The lobby of the Ritz Theatre is a favorite location for many Jacksonville private events, such as weddings, anniversaries and business meetings. It can comfortably host up to 150 people for a banquet-style event or up to 500 for a cocktail hour. New dance floors for the ultimate dance party! Many community events are hosted at this popular downtown Jacksonville venue throughout the year.

Theatre – 400 seated
Lobby – 150 seated, 500 standing

The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center

The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a unique venue that offers unconventional beauty in a setting of grand historic architecture with abundant logistical advantages and first class service.

The Prime Osborn Center will remain open while undergoing upgrade including interior finishes, building systems & security improvements.

Booking Information:

The Center is operated for the City of Jacksonville by SMG, the nation’s foremost private manager of public assembly facilities.

A LITTLE HISTORY… Where trains once ran on time, events now run like clockwork; and conventions, glittering shows and Grand Galas have replaced the bustle of a great railroad terminal. Opening in 1919, the Jacksonville Union Terminal was the rail Gateway to Florida; and during six decades of service was among the busiest in the country, with up to ten million passengers in a single year! Now, its beauty restored, its history preserved in the National Register of Historic Places, and centerpiece of a modern convention facility, “The Prime” is once again the pride of North Florida.

Booking Contact: www.jaxevents.com/p/book