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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.
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DVI Updates 

 

DVI’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Next Week:
 

Mark your calendars to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting. Our featured speaker at this quarter’s meeting is Mayor Lenny Curry. He will discuss the pension referendum that will appear on the ballot August 30. The meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Training Room in the Ed Ball Building.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the many things happening Downtown. To attend, contact Jennifer Hewett-Apperson at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or Jennifer@downtownjacksonville.org.

 

We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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Downtown Event Signage:
 
Special Events has updated its signage & banner application to be more inclusive. Anyone wanting to put up street pole banners, lay down side walk stickers, spray chalk, or any other things will need to have the “Special Event Signs” application filled out. The application is on the City of Jacksonville’s website under “permits,” or can be found here.


St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the River Taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here and buy your tickets today!


DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

by: Katherine Hardwick in Developments No Comments  

Section of Northbank Riverwalk Temporarily Closed
January 5 – Early March 2016

JEA is undertaking an infrastructure improvement project that will close a portion of the Northbank Riverwalk between Hogan and Newnan streets beginning January 5th though early March. JEA will be starting construction to rehabilitate an existing 54-inch sanitary sewer line that has reached the end of its service life. This sewer line is a vital piece of JEA’s sewer infrastructure that serves a large portion of Downtown Jacksonville and The Jacksonville Landing. This construction work will not impact the day to day operations of The Jacksonville Landing, its businesses, and its surface parking area. Full details of this project can be found at jea.com/Landing_project.

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Major Traffic Shift Upcoming for Northbound Traffic on I-95 Overland Bridge Project

Jacksonville – A major traffic shift on the I-95 Overland Bridge project is coming up the weekend of January 8-10 which will result in northbound traffic moving to new lanes, detours for Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway motorists and temporary closure of Main Street and Acosta ramps.

By Monday, January 11, before rush hour begins, all lanes on northbound I-95 from the San Diego Road overpass to just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge will be shifted to a new roadway which will allow the existing bridge to be reconstructed. The tentative schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

  • Friday, January 8 – Main Street/Prudential Drive and Acosta ramps closed in the evening hours and Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway on-ramps closed with traffic detoured (see attached map).
  • Saturday, January 9 – I-95 northbound reduced to two lanes beginning in the evening hours. Main Street and Acosta ramps reopen on new roadway between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and then close again overnight. Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway on-ramps continue to be closed with detours.
  • Sunday, January 10 – I-95 northbound continues to be reduced to two lanes. Main Street and Acosta ramps reopen on new roadway between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and then close again overnight. Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway on-ramps continue to be closed with detours.
  • Monday, January 11 – I-95 northbound opens with three lanes on new roadway; Atlantic Boulevard and Philips Highway on-ramps reopened; Main Street/Prudential Drive and Acosta on-ramps also open.

At no time will I-95 traffic be detoured off the interstate. Southbound I-95 traffic will not be impacted at this time but is scheduled to be switched to new lanes in the Spring.

Signs will direct traffic onto the new roadway, which will ultimately be used as a local service road allowing traffic to enter and exit I-95 in short segments, rather than mix with I-95 thru-traffic. Law enforcement will also be on site to provide additional traffic control. Motorists are reminded that the speed limit is 45 mph and to use extra caution during the first few days of the traffic shift to allow everyone to become familiar with the new traffic pattern.

This effort removes all traffic from the northbound I-95 Overland Bridge so it can be replaced. The original structure was built in the 1950s and designed for much less traffic than it carries today. The closure allows traffic to be removed from the older structure earlier and reduces impact to motorists caused by routine maintenance on the existing northbound Overland Bridge. The shift is another milestone toward completion of this major project scheduled for late 2016.

Up-to-date lane closure information is available on the I-95 Overland Bridge replacement project website at www.I95overlandbridge.com. A project hotline number has been established to assist the public with questions and concerns: 904-491-2110.

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by: Katherine Hardwick in Advocacy No Comments  
JAX2025 Community Survey Results

JAX2025 Community Survey Results

“Creating a city of opportunity means investing in our Downtown. We want Downtown Jacksonville to become a vibrant destination for people to work, live and visit. A great city depends on a great Downtown.”

– Mayor Alvin Brown

DVI applauds Mayor Brown’s commitment to a revitalized Downtown and offers full support for the proposed Downtown investments in Mayor Brown’s 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget. The budget is currently in review with City Council and will be approved by the end of September.

 

 

Revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Landing: As part of revitalization plans, the City of Jacksonville will invest $11.8 million in public infrastructure through the CIP to support the first phase of improvements, including a wider plaza along the Northbank Riverwalk, public space and broader access at Hogan Street. Demolition of existing structures is included. The vision for reinvigorating the Jacksonville Landing includes new retail, housing and event space.

The Shipyards: Mayor Brown has made redeveloping the Shipyards a major priority to continue investment in Downtown. To activate environmental remediation efforts, the CIP makes an initial investment of $1.25 million.

Former Duval County Courthouse: To continue efforts to upgrade Downtown, the former county courthouse will be demolished to provide new opportunities for public or private development. The CIP invests $4.2 million.

Metropolitan Park: The capital improvement plan invests $250,000 to begin the design of a new Metropolitan Park that maximizes its role as an entertainment venue.

Downtown Streets: To continue making Downtown the best experience possible, the City will invest $1 million through the CIP to design the transition from unwieldy one-way streets to more user-friendly two-way streets.

Downtown Lighting and Signage: Both Mayor Brown and the DIA have made enhancing the experience of visiting Downtown a priority. Lighting and signage will be improved through an investment of $1.5 million in the CIP.

Northbank Riverwalk: Mayor Brown supports upgrades of $3 million through the CIP to continue maximizing the potential of the pedestrian park along our river.

Downtown Investment Authority: Mayor Brown proposes providing $1.21 million in annual funding for the DIA through the general fund to finance non-capital projects that will spur interest and investment in Downtown.

FC Armada: As previously announced, the City will partner with new North American Soccer League (NASL) team FC Armada to hold its games in the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for the next three years. Through the general fund, the City will cover up to $700,000 in operational expenses and make a one-time capital investment of $300,000.

Main Library: The general fund budget would restore hours at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville, while the CIP would invest in public spaces at the Main Library.

Downtown Vision: So that the City can be consistent with other Downtown property owners, Mayor Brown proposed a $152,340 increase in the City’s annual contribution to Downtown Vision.

One Spark: To increase Jacksonville’s role and success in this signature, destination creator festival, Mayor Brown supports doubling the City’s direct investment to $100,000, with a similar amount available through in-kind contributions of City services.

Budget items also with City Council for approval are: $750,000 for the Downtown Investment Authority’s Retail Enhancement Grant Program and $1 million seed funding for the day-to-day management of Hemming Plaza (over 18 months).

Please contact City Council to voice your support for Downtown today.