January 15, 2021
In The Public Interest

“Voters Will Never Forgive Us”

In a statement issued today, City Council Finance Chair Matt Carlucci said that City Council needs to “get [Lot J] negotiations out of the back room” else “voters will never forgive us.”

Carlucci has been urging Council to require a “thorough review and analysis” by the Downtown Investment Authority, which was created to conduct such reviews. At $233 million, the Lot J development, a high-end multi-use development by Shad Khan and The Cordish Companies, is reported to be the largest single taxpayer-dollar subsidy of any private development in Jacksonville’s history.

Matt Carlucci, At-Large Group IV

Carlucci asserts that City Council should consider the Council Auditor’s report, make negotiations transparent, allow DIA to “do its job as mandated by city ordinance,” require a market study, and involve the Downtown Development Review Board in reviewing “architectural specs.”


DIA will meet Wednesday at 2 pm to discuss the Lot J Development, and City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole the next day at 10 to receive DIA’s report and hear from the Council Auditor. See JaxLookout “Act Now on Lot J.” https://jaxlookout.com/act-now-on-lot-j/

Written by
Sherry Magill

Sherry Magill is a community leader and retired private foundation executive. She is a co-founder of Jaxlookout.

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