February 14, 2022 6:00am

Power Poll Jacksonville: movers and shakers jacked up about MOSH relocation to downtown Northbank

Majority of movers and shakers support MOSH relocation in Jacksonville's urban core

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By Drew Dixon
Jacksonville, FL Correspondent

February’s Power Poll in Jacksonville drew an upbeat response from the city’s movers and shakers who are enthusiastic about the pending relocation of the Museum of Science & History to the Northbank of downtown.

MOSH finally received approval to relocate its facility from its current location on the Southbank of the St. Johns River to the Northbank. The museum’s facility will occupy the controversial site that used to be known as the Shipyards between the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office headquarters and TIAA Bank Field, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Business and civic leaders in Jacksonville show an overwhelming positive reaction to the pending MOSH move. Some 68% of Jacksonville power players who took this month’s survey about the MOSH move say it finally shows some movement to improvements to downtown, it’s about time and finally the urban core will see some real action and new life.

Another 20% said the MOSH relocation is great, but it’s a local thing and won’t really do much for downtown in general. Still, another 12% said it’s a step in the right direction and MOSH is really just an elaborate park.

Of those responding to the survey, 80% said the MOSH relocation is great because it will be a bigger facility and in a more prominent location. While the move is going to the Northbank, another 12% of respondents said the move will hurt the Southbank which is part of downtown, too. And another 8% said the new MOSH facility will be a big complex and they’re not sure Jacksonville can support such a facility.

In terms of the impact from the move, 44% of the respondents to this month’s Power Poll say the MOSH relocation will show downtown is worth investing in and more development will come. Another 24% say the move is good, but it won’t get anyone outside of Jacksonville interested in downtown. An equal number of respondents said it’s finally putting the Shipyards property to use and that’s a good thing. Some 8% said they had no opinion or aren’t sure.

Thanks for taking part in February's Power Poll and we’ll be back in March.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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