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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…

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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…

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