Developer proposes 1,000-foot observation tower in Jacksonville

Rendering of Seaglass Tower
Rendering of Seaglass Tower

A Texas real estate developer proposed building a riverfront observation tower in Jacksonville at a height of 1,000 feet, which would make it the tallest building in Florida.

Dallas-based Presidium Group proposed building an art museum and an aquarium together with a steel-and-glass observation tower called Seaglass Tower.

The proposed development Is one of three for city-owned land along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.

The city issued a notice in January stating it would accept development proposals for the land until March 8. The top-ranked developer would negotiate a project agreement with Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority.

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Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team, last week proposed developing a hotel and convention center on the land, which encompasses a public park and a boat repair business called The Shipyards.

Another Texas-based real estate company called Wess Holdings also proposed a project for the city-owned land in Jacksonville and plans to disclose details of its proposal this week.

The City of Jacksonville will release details of the three proposals by April 10. [WKCT]Mike Seemuth