Mayor Lenny Curry’s Downtown Operating Team recommends the city spend extra than $104 million to revitalize Downtown, strengthen riverfront parks, include enjoyment and enable the homeless.

The group of CEOs and enterprise leaders voted 5- on March 30 to adopt a listing that contains $70 million for riverfront public areas, $20 million to support relocate and bolster the Sulzbacher Center’s homeless solutions and $12 million for Downtown functions, community art, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, a Cultural Council juried artwork competition and $2.2 million for road lighting enhancements.

The panel, chaired by The Vestcor Firms Chairman John Rood, also would like the Curry administration to add $7.7 million in recurring investing to the city budget for:

■ Avenue-level beautification and servicing.

■ A fund for Downtown cultural gatherings. 

■ Staff to velocity up Downtown tasks.

■ Support and enlargement of university and college-amount education and learning in the Urban Main.

The vote at the Jacksonville Main Library capped the group’s third and last assembly.

The group integrated GreenPointe Holdings LLC CEO Ed Burr JAXUSA President Aundra Wallace Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford and Fidelity Nationwide Information Solutions Inc. Senior Vice President and Main of Team Amy Mergen.

Downtown Expenditure Authority CEO Lori Boyer was on the panel but not a voting member.

Team member and Hanania Automotive Team founder and CEO Jack Hanania was not existing for the March 30 vote. 

Riverfront parks

For riverfront initiatives, the group urged the Curry administration and Town Council to devote $40 million more than four years to develop a “destination” riverfront park on the Northbank and a Riverwalk extension from the unfinished Berkman Plaza II to Metropolitan Park.

 Another $30 million just one-time price would be put in to full the 4.5-acre park place at the former Jacksonville Landing, now Riverfront Plaza, and the Liberty Road Basin Marina in the vicinity of the prepared Ford on Bay. The total also contains $9 million for undertaking overruns.

“If we shell out $70 million in excess of the future four to 5 several years, we’d have a earth-course riverfront park procedure,” Burr claimed.

“I believe that is aspirational and anything we need to support.”

“That, I assume, would draw a great deal of additional progress,” Mergen said.

Advocacy teams, like the nonprofit Riverfront Parks Now and Scenic Jacksonville, have lobbied the DIA for an integrated riverfront park program Downtown.

From left, Aundra Wallace, Nat Ford, Ed Burr, John Rood, Amy Mergen, and Lori Boyer.

Scenic Jacksonville Board President Susan Caven cited the Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, metro parts as examples of cities that have designed general public investments in waterfront parks to attract private advancement and people to their downtowns.

“Today, the metropolis owns most of the land from the Acosta Bridge to Metropolitan Park and this is the only option Jacksonville has to spend in a genuine, severe, important destination park system,” Caven explained.

Boyer claimed the nonprofit Jessie Ball duPont Fund is working with the DIA on a examine to coordinate programming at riverfront parks planned through Downtown.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ prepare to redevelop the 8-acre previous Youngsters Kampus, section of Metropolitan Park’s 24.7-acre footprint, and a portion of the adjacent Shipyards was not element of the group’s riverfront discussion. 

Both attributes are owned by the metropolis and their redevelopment has been a concern for teams like Riverfront Parks Now.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan would like the property on East Bay Street to create a Four Seasons lodge, orthopedic health-related facility and blended-use advancement.

General public park area is part of Khan’s progress prepare.

Boyer mentioned the 14.32 acres of Metropolitan Park restricted by a 1981 Nationwide Park Company grant will continue being park area.

Just after the assembly, Rood reported the recurring park dollars could be built-in with Khan’s riverfront options.

Relocating Sulzbacher 

Rood said satisfactory community funding to aid end homelessness in Jacksonville is the ideal issue to do to boost financial enhancement. It has been a focus for the team because its very first assembly Feb. 22. 

“At some point, it’s going to jeopardize our potential to entice organizations and individuals Downtown,” he mentioned.

The $20 million proposed March 30 would be utilised in component to support Sulzbacher go over any financial gaps to relocate its companies soon after lower-income tax credits, new market tax credits, govt grants and non-public donations. 

Rood mentioned the city also could use the money for long-lasting supportive housing for the homeless.

Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of Sulzbacher, informed the Downtown company leaders March 9 the organization is operating to uncover a web page for its $20 million to $25 million, a few-stage Sulzbacher Enterprise Village.

Fidelity National Information Providers Inc. Senior Vice President and Main of Personnel Amy Mergen and Downtown Expense Authority CEO Lori Boyer.

It would create a space like the Sulzbacher Village for Girls and Families and relocate the organization’s 25-12 months Downtown 611 E. Adams St. operations.

Funkhouser said the notion consists of long term and non permanent housing and providers these as work training.

Rood identified as the proposed new city funding for homeless housing, employment and health products and services a general public obligation.

“It’s the proper matter to do to display compassion for the homeless population. Nobody, I imagine, in this group is comfy strolling, driving by means of Downtown and viewing how we have neglected this population,” Rood claimed. 

Having to pay for the assignments

The working group’s spending plan and policy suggestions would be in addition to the city’s and DIA’s duties and applications.

Curry Chief of Staff Jordan Elsbury said administration officers hope residence tax profits to grow for the fiscal yr 2021-22 funds, but it is unclear how much money can be place toward the group’s tips.

“As we search at these tips, they are heading to be a priority of the mayor,” he stated.

However, the amount of money of dollars that will be offered nonetheless is unclear, Elsbury reported.

In the interview, Rood said it will be the mayor and Council’s purpose to find earnings sources. He acknowledged the town might not have the income for some of the group’s proposals. 

“We’re just declaring what is our aspiration, what is our eyesight to make Downtown Jacksonville fantastic,” Rood stated. “I say this in my business all the time — never worry exactly where the income is coming from, let’s converse about what we want to be, what is the vision, what’s the aspiration and then we’ll merge that with the funds.”

Elsbury said the Curry administration will release a document with the group’s amended suggestions.

Rood said group customers intend to guidance their recommendations in front of Council in the course of this year’s finances process and will foyer Florida condition legislators and federal officers for any accessible pounds to dietary supplement town dollars.