$200 million UF campus gets thumbs up from Jacksonville council with $20 million payment

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Jacksonville has approved a $20 million payment toward a potential University of Florida University campus downtown. It’s the first installment of a $50 million commitment from the city over three years.

“This is a big night for the City of Jacksonville,” Mayor Lenny Curry said after the meeting. “We are proud to grow our historic partnership with the University of Florida and bring a new graduate center into our city.

“Together, we will cement Jacksonville’s legacy as a hub for technology and innovation.”

The proposed satellite campus is a $200 million building and the mayor says thousands of students could be enrolled each year.

Along with the 2023 payment, the city has approved $15 million in 2024 and 2025 for will capital expenses such as studies, planning, and design.

“This is a game changer for Jacksonville I mean you look at some of the big things that have happened in Jacksonville over the years. Just a couple examples, Mayo came here it was a huge change for our city. When we got the Jaguars another one,” Curry said.

The project is expected to cost $200 million with contributions from the state and private donors.

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