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Renovation of Jacksonville’s Laura Street in the Works

The heart of Jacksonville’s downtown could be getting a hotel, apartment space, retail, offices, dining options and a rooftop bar. Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority recommended Wednesday nearly $10 million in city incentives for the developers of four historic buildings near Hemming Park. Since 2013, there’s been talk of repurposing the empty buildings, but it hasn’t…


Clearwater downtown blueprint ignores Church of Scientology, the ‘elephant in the room’

The latest downtown revitalization plan unveiled this week calls for walkable green spaces and a bustling town square peppered with outdoor dining and retail shops to fill the vacant storefronts. But the 146-page blueprint the city paid consultants nearly $400,000 to write makes no mention of the Church of Scientology’s future implications on downtown revival…