Proposed Jacksonville budget could include millions for fire stations, Moncrief and a film studio

Millions proposed for hundreds of renovation projects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Millions of dollars for fire station renovations, improvements in Moncrief and the transformation of an historic film studio: Those are some of the new capital improvement projects the mayor could ask the City Council for on Monday as part of his proposed budget.

Action News Jax got an advance copy of the latest Capital Improvement Project proposal the Mayor’s Budget Review Committee has come up with.

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The CIP includes hundreds of projects.

Some are new, and some are projects the city has been working on for years.

The numbers and projects could change by Monday, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek.

The proposed CIP includes new funding next fiscal year for renovations at Fire Station 10 in Riverside and Fire Station 20 in Love Grove.

At Station 10, firefighters have to back firetrucks into the bays.

The property and structures behind the station are for sale.

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The city could spend $1.8 million to buy those properties and create drive-through bays, which are safer for firefighters.

Also, $1 million could go to rehabbing Norman Studios, the city’s only surviving film studio complex, so it can be transformed into a museum and education center.

“A million dollars would be an absolute renovation of this entire interior of this property,” said Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, Inc. Development Officer Rita Reagan. “It would allow us to put in all the systems that are needed HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.”

The mayor could also ask for more than $2 million in new funding for Moncrief Road beautification and work on a Moncrief Community Center.

The CIP includes $246 million to replace the jail, but it’s listed in the “beyond five years" column for now.

“As we approach these next four years, moving the jail out of downtown is one of my goals,” said Curry on March 1.

In the meantime, the city could spend more than $15 million on upgrades, maintenance and a cell door system at the current jail.