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ULI North Florida Recognizes Project Winners for 2012 Awards for Excellence

October 5th, 2012 · Leave a Comment


Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida announced its award winners at the organization’s inaugural Awards for Excellence awards presentation last night.  Hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the event drew approximately 125 guests.

The ULI North Florida inaugural Awards for Excellence winners included:

  • San Marco Place (Downtown category) – San Marco Place is a 440,000 square foot, 141 unit mixed-use condominium project on the south bank of Jacksonville Florida. Designed by architects Ervin, Lovett and Miller, and constructed by Haskell Construction, it has been designed to maximize the sweeping views of the St. Johns River and the city skyline from virtually every unit in the building. This project was accomplished through a strategic partnership with the City. By approving a progressive tax rebate package for the development which completely eliminates all risk to the taxpayers, the City signaled its desire to move   away from traditional incentive programs for downtown housing developments. San Marco Place was developed by Michael Balanky and Jay Southerland of Riverplace Development, LLC. Riverplace Development is a subsidiary of Chase Properties, Inc.


  • CSX 550 Water Street Relocation (Private Sector category) – CSX Corporation made a decision to relocate 970+ Intermodal and Technology employees from 301 W. Bay Street to 550 Water Street a building adjacent to CSX’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville’s urban core. The move promoted better utilization of shared amenities located at CSX’s headquarters and an investment in street pavers created a campus feel between the two office buildings. Additionally, contiguous square footage on each floor was large and would allow for a design that maximized the space available, reduced the overall square footage necessary to support the employees and resulted in a decrease in the company’s overhead real estate expenses.


  • Riverside Arts Market (Public Sector category) – Since its grand opening in 2009, the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) has introduced a new arts and entertainment venue to Northeast Florida. Unprecedented in size and scope, RAM provides a marketplace for artists and local farmers to sell their products, as well as providing family entertainment destination each weekend on the St. Johns River. Located under the sheltering canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, RAM attracts an average of 10,000 visitors each weekend. It has more than 1,000 free parking spaces adjacent to the site, restrooms, a bicycle valet service, and a riverfront amphitheater that seats 350 people. Every Saturday, RAM showcases up to 200 artists, entertainers, non-profits and vendors in a symphony of culture and family friendly fun activities. Many vendors depend on RAM as their major source of income. The Riverside Arts market is an example of a successful public/private partnership, with funding for its extensive infrastructure obtained from FDOT, the City of Jacksonville, JEA, JTA, and Fidelity National. Riverside Arts Market, LLC manages the market under the non-profit umbrella of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc. (RAP). 


To learn more about ULI North Florida and its award winners, visit www.northflorida.uli.org.

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