PHOTOS: JEA releases list of options being considered for new downtown campus

Jacksonville, FL — As JEA has long acknowledged their downtown Jacksonville campus is need of significant work and plans to pursue a new building, we're now getting a better idea of how the utility plans to move forward.

Ahead of JEA's Board meeting on Monday, July 30th at noon, the company has released five potential options they're considering, all within downtown.

Those options include the following:

- Block 48 new construction (A new 7 to 8-story building and parking structure on a vacant property adjacent to the courthouse)

- One Enterprise Center leased space

- Bank of America leased space

- Anchor tenant for new development connecting the Downtown Core with the Cathedral District

- Anchor tenant for new development in Entertainment District in Lot J

According to the documents released by JEA, each option would require, at the minimum, 18 to 24 months from lease or contract execution to become a reality.

JEA says it's considering the following criteria in finding a new campus, with the factors listed from most important to least:

-beneficial to downtown development/economic development

-development schedule

-building program accommodation

-culture change opportunity

-timing and risk to contract

With these options on the table, there's a goal of reaching final board approval by March of 2019, so planning, design, construction, re-location, etc., could get underway.

The board will not make a decision at Monday's meeting, instead it's designed to be about sharing the information and getting some advice or direction.

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