Peyton Lobbies Council on Riverfront Improvements
Mayor John Peyton met today with City Council members Dr. Johnny Gaffney, Warren Jones, Don Redman and Michael Corrigan to discuss moving forward with the implementation of three major downtown improvement projects: Southbank Riverwalk replacement, Friendship Fountain restoration and Metropolitan Park redevelopment.
Legislation was filed to allocate approximately $23 million for funding of these projects.
"These improvement projects are vital to the continuing revitalization of downtown and will only enhance our public spaces and river access to our residents and more than 13 million visitors who visit downtown each year," said Mayor Peyton. "We currently have a very competitive bid market that will translate into better utilization of these downtown funds to enable downtown to be in an ideal position post-recession to attract future private capital investment."
All of the money for these projects represents one-time dollars previously allocated for downtown initiatives. The mayor's office says three projects were selected based on reprioritization and best need for downtown Jacksonville.