The owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that they want to build a $2.5 billion complex that would include a high-end hotel, a convention center and hotel, a park, an upgraded marina, a 3,000-space parking garage, and “mixed-use entertainment buildings” with ground-floor retail … but not a stadium, all near its existing stadium. They would still want subsidies, though:
More info: Jags President Mark Lamping says Lot J/Sports Complex is NOT in lieu of overall Shipyards redevelopment, rather an expansion. Will ask for public dollars, but how much isn’t yet clear.
— Stephanie Brown (@SBrownReports) April 19, 2018
The Jaguars owners already got $45 million in city subsidies for stadium upgrades a little over two years ago, so maybe it was considered gauche to ask for more so soon? (Though their stadium is 23 years old now, that’s practically ancient in NFL years.) Anyway, according to WOKV radio, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry intends to “put that proposal through his scorecard to ensure there will be a return for the citizens of Jacksonville,” so one hopes that his scorecard contains a reasonable algorithm and wasn’t written by, say, these guys.
Finally, I am so not commenting on what that cylindrical building proposed for the waterfront looks like: