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The JTA announces TOD opportunities

JACKSONVILLE, May 20, 2019  – When it comes to Transit-Oriented Development, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is open for business.

During the JTA’s annual State of the Authority held May 15 in Downtown Jacksonville, JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford Sr. encouraged local leaders, the development community and the private sector to partner with the Authority as it pursues Transit-Oriented Developments at or near JTA-owned property in historic LaVilla and across Duval County.

“By partnering with the development community, we can enhance the quality of life for our citizens and create vibrant, livable, mixed-used communities with easy access to transportation,” said Ford.

Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is a strategy that encourages the development of high-density, mixed-used projects built within close proximity to public transportation hubs or stations. This type of development places more emphasis on pedestrian needs, incorporating wider sidewalks, bike and alternative-transportation lanes, slower traffic and smarter intersections.

TOD has already begun in LaVilla with the Intercity Bus Terminal, which opened in 2018, and the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center which opens in March 2020.

The JTA is now seeking unsolicited proposals to develop five Authority-owned and underutilized parcels, including a 1.5-acre site along Johnson Street, near the JRTC in LaVilla.

Other properties include the 1.5-acre Rosa Parks Transit Hub at 201 W. Union St., which will cease operations once the JRTC opens in March 2020.

In Northwest Jacksonville, the JTA has a more than 7-acre property at 813 Golfair Boulevard, a site sandwiched between Interstate 95 and Golfair that will be home to a First Coast Flyer Blue line BRT stop.

On the Downtown Southbank, surrounded by existing residential, office, retail and dining, the JTA has undeveloped properties near the Kings Avenue Skyway Station. The holdings comprise 3.8 acres along Montana Avenue and 8.6 acres along Kings Avenue.

Additionally, the JTA believes roughly 4 acres near The Avenues Park-n-Ride facility, near Philips Highway and Southside Boulevard, is prime for TOD. 

Before the State of the Authority, local experts helmed a Transit-Oriented Development Symposium to explain the advantages of TOD and how Jacksonville can benefit.

GIA Consultants Director of Planning and Urban Design Blake Drury provided an in-depth overview of the LaVilla Neighborhood Development Strategy, which the JTA helped create.

The strategy identifies several catalyst projects and proposes other changes that include the build-out of the LaVilla Heritage Trail – a greenway that could connect pedestrians, cyclists and others from McCoy’s Creek to Hogan’s Creek as part of the Emerald Neckless system of trails.

During the Symposium, JTA Chief Administrative Officer and Sr. Vice President Cleveland Ferguson explained how the historic LaVilla neighborhood can become a true live, work and play neighborhood again through Transit-Oriented Development.

With new residential projects already online, along with the JRTC and Intercity Bus Terminal, the opportunity to strategically and purposefully develop other untapped resources in LaVilla has never been greater.

“The JTA stands ready to partner with you for projects that you might be thinking about,” said Ferguson. “We are open for business.”

The JTA is committed to promoting TOD in Jacksonville and we’ve set up an informational guide that can be found at www.jtafla.com/business-center/tod/

Interested developers are encouraged to take advantage of the JTA’s unsolicited proposals process for these properties. Information about each parcel can be found by visiting www.publicinfo.com/JTA

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