The Museum of Science and History has taken an important step towards its move to Northbank.
The Downtown Investment Authority voted 6-0 last week to back details of a lease for MOSH on 4 acres from the shipyards, including a 1.5-acre boardwalk and park space.
The $1 per year ground furlough will be forwarded to the Jacksonville City Council for approval, and the MOSH plans to submit a full site plan to the DIA by September 30.
“This development is an important milestone in our efforts to deliver a dynamic, iconic and innovative new MOSH to shipyards,” MOSH CEO Bruce Fafard said in a press release. “Our discussions with the DIA over the past several months have resulted in a resolution that paves the way for an iconic addition to Northbank’s skyline. Together with our architecture and design partners, we look forward to finalizing the lease as soon as possible. »
The museum celebrated its 80th anniversary last year and operated at 1025 Museum Circle
since 1969. But it has outgrown the 77,000 square foot neighborhoods and plans to build a much larger building across the river by December 2027.
The MOSH had planned to expand its existing building but encountered construction difficulties. A consultant’s analysis found that a new 130,000 square foot building on the North Rim would increase annual attendance from 175,000 to 469,000, nearly triple the museum’s pre-pandemic budget and create 78 jobs.
MOSH says a fundraising campaign raised more than 36% of the project’s estimated $85 million cost.
“The DIA’s approval to proceed with a ground lease is a win-win situation for our community and the many generous supporters who are committed to helping us turn this vision into reality,” said Christian Harden, Chairman of the Board. administration of the MOSH. “Winning this approval reinforces both the strength of MOSH as a civic treasure and the enthusiasm of the community for a nationally significant museum utilizing green space on the banks of the St Johns River.”