2011 (Last 6 Months)

These were projects nearing completion when Mayor Alvin Brown replaced Mayor John Peyton on July 1, 2011.

Duval County Courthouse

Laura Street Streetscape


The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower was the only downtown highrise completed during Mayor Alvin Brown’s term.

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower


McDonald’s Restaurant - State Street

It could be argued that this McDonald’s Restaurant was the most significant downtown project completed in 2013. It may not seem like much, but it indicated that the overlooked State and Union Street corridor is suitable for market rate commercial development.


The completion of Everbank Field’s world’s largest scoreboards were probably the downtown project that recieved the most fanfare and media coverage during Mayor Alvin Brown’s four years in office.

Everbank Field Renovations

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Sweet Pete’s Sweet Pete’s in the old Seminole Club building, photo by Fran Ruchalski

2015 (First 6 Months)

In 2011, Mayor Alvin Brown promised taxpayers a new Winn-Dixie for downtown. We already had one. Nevertheless, he did deliver a new Fresh Market, which is the first full line grocery store to be built in the city’s core in decades.

Brooklyn Station

Jessie Ball DuPont Center

Southbank Riverwalk

State Attorney’s Office

220 Riverside

Under Construction

Over the last year, there has definitely been an increase in the amount of projects completed, under construction and proposed. With the economy improving and downtown excitement growing, it is now time for Mayor-elect Lenny Curry to continue the city’s renaissance.

Beaver Street Villas

Brooklyn Riverside

Cowford Chophouse

JTA Flyer Bus Rapid Transit

Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center

Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Management Center

Parador Parking Garage

Riverside YMCA

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com