Jacksonville Shipyards

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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 marina, a landmark five-star hotel and residences, a six-story office building and a world-class orthopedic center 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.

The Opportunity

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.

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What are the projected steps for the project?

Phase 1

Phase 1, approved on October 12, will include construction of the Four Seasons Hotel 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.

Phase 2

Phase 2 will involve construction of an orthopedic center of excellence and additional residential units.


Mapping Our Momentum


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