JEA announces short list of developers for its headquarters' move

JEA has announced its short list of developers for its new corporate headquarters.

Among the finalists is Shad Kahn's proposal to include JEA in the Lot-J enhancements that Action News Jax first reported last July.

JEA said it wants to hear from the public before making the final selection at its next meeting on Feb. 5.

Action News Jax reported how the Jags reached out to JEA proposing the idea. The potential move to Lot J would keep the utility’s more than 800 employees downtown.

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In an Action News Jax exclusive last November, The Cordish Companies, which has partnered with Khan, said it’s negotiating with the city.

"I think that would set the stage for us moving forward in terms of timing," said Zed Smith, Cordish's Chief Operating Officer.

Another option from The Ryan Company would also keep JEA downtown by moving it to a lot on Adams Street near the courthouse.

A third option comes from Kings Avenue Station P-3 that would relocate the utility to the Southbank.

The final contract for the new development won’t be presented until spring.