Two Jacksonville, Fla., area real estate companies—JWB Real Estate Capital and DLP Capital under the umbrella of Gateway Jax have acquired 22 acres of downtown space that equals 20-plus city blocks complete with buildings and development sites. The goal is to develop a lively scene of walkable streets, sidewalk cafes, courtyards, and office, hotel and other mixed uses. The developers also envision pedestrian flows along green corridors leading to the waterfront’s amenities and complementing the city’s 30-mile Emerald Trail, being developed by the nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville in partnership with the city for a network to be completed in coming years. 

In the first phase, where ground will be broken next year, plans call for $500 million of the mixed-use development. Over the next decade, the total build-out is estimated to cost $2-plus billion, which will make it one of the largest-urban core revitalizations in the U.S. as far as its geographic reach.

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