The Jacksonville Public Library is a large library system, consisting of a 300,000 sq. ft. Main Library and twenty regional, community and neighborhood branch libraries. We also serve the needs of the community with a Special Needs Library for Disabled Customers and an active adult literacy program.
The library will remain open while under construction.
Located on the south side of West Forsyth Street between Main and Laura streets, the Forysth and Main Parking Garage will provide parking for the nearby Barnett and Laura Street Trio projects, and the general public. Initially approved in early 2018, the original plan called for a six-story parking deck project for 685 vehicles. Since that time, Jacksonville-based VyStar Credit Union announced its intentions to buy the nearby SunTrust Tower and move as many as 900 employees into downtown.
In December 2018, the Downtown Development Review Board approved a final review for modification to add an additional height to the overall structure. This change calls for a seven-story parking deck project for 807 vehicles. In addition, the project includes 7,882-square-feet of street level retail space along Laura Street.
Designed by Dasher Hurst Architects, the project will be built by Danis Construction.
On Nov. 14 2019, the Downtown Development Review Board approved the design of the proposed $22.5 million structure. Construction of the parking garage is expected to be completed by Sept. 9, 2020 according to a document filed with the board. In agreement with the city, Florida Blue will make parking available to the public after 6 p.m. weeknights and all day on weekends. Furthermore, the new development will free Florida Blue’s riverfront surface lot at 323 Riverside Ave. for a new development: FIS Headquarters, which is slated to create 500 additional jobs.