Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Seeks $2 Million for Complex; Campus Office, Hotel Would Create 127 Jobs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Seeks $2 Million for Complex; Campus Office, Hotel Would Create 127 Jobs

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Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer

Edward Waters College's plans appear to be coming together.

Edward Waters College Community Development Corp., a non-profit arm of the school, is seeking $2 million in grants from the city to build an office-retail complex and a hotel on its campus that will create 127 new jobs.

EWC Community Development Corp. officials say the two developments will cost about $6.6 million to build and will create the jobs over three years at the campus at 1658 Kings Road.

Members of the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund Advisory Committee are expected to vote Tuesday on the organization's request for funding.

"The city of Jacksonville has shown itself wonderfully," said Ellis Brown, executive director of the Edward Waters College Community Development Corp. "Their support is critical to these developments. "If it was not for the city, these projects would not be coming about."

The school's request for funding comes a month after school officials announced their $60 million Edward Waters College Development and Impact Areas Master Plan.

EWC plans to build an academic, athletic, hotel, office-retail, dormitory and support buildings. In 2000, EWC President Jimmy Jenkins created the EWC Community Development Corp. as a way to expand the school's campus and revitalize the area through redevelopment. EWC, which has an enrollment of about 1,300 students, is in an old neighborhood consisting of vacant and run-down houses. The development corporation will oversee a $2 million residential component of the master plan. The plans are to develop a model block of 13 single-family houses.

The part of the organization's plan that the city would fund would be a 20,000-square-foot office-retail building that would be called the Community Development Corporation Commercial Complex. That building would consist of 17,700 square feet of retail space and a 2,286-square-foot room for community meetings and the offices of the Community Development Corp. …

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