Tear-down of courthouse leaves 'wide-open' options for city
2018-12-12 | Florida Times-Union
Board members did not discuss what to do next with the city-owned land after demolition of the courthouse and the next-door city hall annex clears the property for redevelopment.
"I don't think there's any definite plan in place," board member
"It's not outside the realm of possibility that the January [board] meeting might have some contemplation of next steps," Hughes said.
While the DIA was weighing proposals for a convention center,
The release of that unsolicited proposal came on the heels of Jaguars owner
The downtown master plan, approved in 2014, calls the site prime property because it's on the riverfront and close to the blocks of restaurants and clubs centered around the
"The site is well-suited for a new iconic attraction or venue to invigorate downtown
Last year, a consultant hired by DIA to assess the feasibility of building a new convention center said that based on interviews with meeting planners, the old courthouse site would be the best location in downtown.
The DIA awarded top ranking in September to a proposal submitted by
DIA board members made the same point Wednesday in voting to reject all proposals for a convention center.
In the past, some downtown advocates have suggested a riverfront park for the site. Hughes said interest in downtown is so strong he doesn't think a park would be the outcome "given the development environment we're in."
"Anything's on the table until a decision is made, but it would surprise me if there's not a lot of development community interest in talking about other things that could happen there -- mixed-use and retail," he said.
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