JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Jaguars made their public pitch at a press conference. Now they are taking their dreams on the road all over the Jacksonville area.
The first of 14 more than a dozen community meetings scheduled this month to discuss the Jaguars’ $ 441 million plans to develop the shipyards took place on Tuesday evening.
The meetings will be held in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties, and the first was held at the Regency Square Branch Library in Arlington. Each meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.
“It really seems like as a community we’ve been through a lot in 18 months, but I think we have the opportunity to come out stronger than ever. I think we are at a tipping point. There’s a lot of momentum, ”Jaguars president Mark Lamping said on Tuesday.
Local leaders and members of the city council also attended Tuesday’s meeting. Those present asked questions and gave their opinions.
“This project needs people. A lot of people downtown to make it a success, ”said JJ Hammond, of AquaJax. “So we need a project. We need to make Jacksonville a destination, not a staging post.
Jaguar owner Shad Khan has offered more than $ 93 million in tax incentives to the city of Jacksonville for a Four Seasons hotel and residences. Marina facilities and an office building along the Saint John River near TIAA Bank Field are also offered. These numbers are on a draft terms sheet with the Downtown Investment Authority.
The team also wants a 50-50 partnership with the city on a $ 120 million performance center, training facility, and training ground.
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“I don’t know the Four Seasons thing, I don’t know if Shad went there when they burned some coffee. I don’t know how that’s going to play out, ”said one person who attended the meeting.
Another person at the meeting said, “I know you said it was related to DIA. Who is on the way to getting there? “
At community meetings, Lamping said, they want public interaction.
“The most important thing is to give you the opportunity to comment,” Lamping said. “If there are things we can do to improve these plans to meet the needs of the community, this is a great opportunity to express them to us. “
A final proposal will need to be approved by both the DIA and Jacksonville City Council.
Below is the full program of community meetings. People don’t need to be in a meeting to participate. Visiting 1stdowntownjacksonville.com, people can share their thoughts on the future of downtown Jacksonville.
|Arlington||Tuesday 15 June||Regency Square Branch Library||9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225|
|Nassau County||Wednesday June 16||Fernandina Beach Branch Library||25 N. 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034|
|St. Mark||Wednesday June 16||Lakewood United Methodist Church||6133 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32217|
|Downtown||Thursday June 17th||Southeast Regional Library||10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32256|
|South side||Thursday June 17th||Pablo Creek Regional Library||13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32246|
|Clay County||Thursday June 17th||The Lake Asbury Community Association Building / Community Center||282 Branscomb Road, Lake Asbury, Florida 32043|
|Jax Beaches||Monday June 21||Library of the Directorate of Beaches||600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, Florida 32266|
|White House||Monday June 21||West Branch Library||1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, Florida 32221|
|Riverside||Monday June 21||Willow Branch Public Library||2875 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32205|
|Mandarin||Tuesday 22 June||Southern Mandarin Library||12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32223|
|St. John’s||Tuesday 22 June||Bartram Trail Branch Library||60 David Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, FL 32259|
|North Coast||Tuesday 22 June||Bradham and Brooks Branch Library||1755 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, FL 32208|
|Western coast||Wednesday 23 June||Charles Webb Wesconnett Library||6887 103rd St., Jacksonville, Florida 32210|
|Downtown||Thursday June 24||TIAA Bank Field – Upper East Club||1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202|
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