Building a vibrant Downtown
The Jacksonville Shipyards, including a restored Met Park, will deliver a downtown experience that blends urban design with waterfront entertainment.
A modernized public marina, landmark five-star hotel and residences, plus six-story office building will create hundreds of new jobs, generate vital tourism revenue and spark additional opportunities for emerging local businesses.
With an influx of restaurants, hotels, entertainment and parks to complement existing establishments, a buzzing downtown could become the true heart and soul of Jacksonville.
Setting the Course
For over a century, the Jacksonville Shipyards bustled with activity. They were the sites where our region’s most valuable resource — its people — transformed raw materials into remarkable vessels that carried our economy forward.
This was a reality just 30 years ago. Today, though, the Shipyards stand empty. The warehouses and workshops are long gone.
This land and riverfront have seen better days. But their best days are still ahead.
Where some see vacant properties, we see proving grounds. The right resources are in place to make the Shipyards the first of many first downs for the Northbank in the years to come.
What are the projected steps for the project?
Phase 1 will include construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Jacksonville, a restored Met Park, a six-story office building and modernized city-owned marina with a park and a multifunctional building that will house a dockmaster’s office, ship store, restrooms with showers and a restaurant.
Iguana has the right of first offer to develop the 5-acre property immediately to the west of the Shipyards office building, and plans to develop the property into a mixed-use development that may feature a medical facility.
The project will include additional retail, residential, office space, and a large parking garage to support the phase 1 office building and provide parking for the current development.
While the timeline is still undetermined for this project, work will commence sooner rather than later due to the parking needs of the phase 1 office building.
Mapping Our Momentum
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