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Urban Construction Update - October 2012

A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of October 2012.

Published October 29, 2012 in Development      19 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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Downtown

Baptist Medical Center Complex Streetscapes

Palm Avenue and Prudential Drive streetscapes, in the vicinity of Baptist Medical Center, are underway.








Baptist/Wolfson's Tower




Court Yard Cafe

The recently completed Court Yard Cafe features a coffee bar, shoe-shine stand, pizzeria and cold cuts counter.




7-Eleven - Union & Main

Construction continues at Union & Main.






McDonald's/Family Dollar

Demolition work is now underway on the former Warren Motors dealership, in preparation for the construction of a new Family Dollar and McDonald's restaurant. The $3.7 million project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.






Duval County Courthouse

Work still remains on the conversion of the old US Post Office into the State Attorney's Office.








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19 Comments

ben says

October 29, 2012, 06:59:12 AM
Do we know if M Shack is actually going to be built? Last I heard the project was dead.

Also, what's the deal with Salty Fig? Feels like its taking eons.

acme54321

October 29, 2012, 07:03:27 AM
Well compared to Pulp in Avondale both of those projects you mentioned are flying along.

What's up with 220 Riverside? 

Sadly it appears not much is going on, must be that pesky mobility fee!!

thelakelander

October 29, 2012, 07:16:34 AM
220 Riverside is supposed to break ground in November.  It's in the Downtown TCEA so it wouldn't have had to pay a mobility fee anyway.

thelakelander

October 29, 2012, 07:24:27 AM
Do we know if M Shack is actually going to be built? Last I heard the project was dead.

Also, what's the deal with Salty Fig? Feels like its taking eons.

I remember you mentioning that in July but there was a Jax Daily Record article in September mentioning it was still coming. Has something changed since then?

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• MShack. MShack is a venture by brothers Matthew and David Medure, “fusing the old fashioned burger joint with style and fresh ingredients.” The mshackburgers.com site says MShack burgers are made with all natural, hormone-free beef ground fresh daily and that “juicy, all beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, mouth-watering milk shakes and more help complete their unique menu.”

The first location is in Atlantic Beach and the newest is planned at the Take Away Gourmet site in San Marco at 2103 San Marco Blvd.

Plans show a $165,000 build-out and remodel for the 2,691-square-foot space.

http://jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=537455

Noone

October 29, 2012, 07:28:17 AM
Nice update.

TPC

October 29, 2012, 08:25:01 AM
With just a little work Aardwolf Brewery could change those tiles from "Distributors of Quality Tile" into "Distributors of Quality Ale".

ben says

October 29, 2012, 08:34:39 AM
Do we know if M Shack is actually going to be built? Last I heard the project was dead.

Also, what's the deal with Salty Fig? Feels like its taking eons.

I remember you mentioning that in July but there was a Jax Daily Record article in September mentioning it was still coming. Has something changed since then?

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• MShack. MShack is a venture by brothers Matthew and David Medure, “fusing the old fashioned burger joint with style and fresh ingredients.” The mshackburgers.com site says MShack burgers are made with all natural, hormone-free beef ground fresh daily and that “juicy, all beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, mouth-watering milk shakes and more help complete their unique menu.”

The first location is in Atlantic Beach and the newest is planned at the Take Away Gourmet site in San Marco at 2103 San Marco Blvd.

Plans show a $165,000 build-out and remodel for the 2,691-square-foot space.

http://jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=537455

I continue to hear from 2 sources close to Medure that the buildout is too pesky and they're actively looking for another spot. (I'm not going to name names, as they still work in some capacity for the guy.) Who knows...I'm inclined to believe the Daily Record, but I also don't get why his employees with be dishing out a completely different story.

With just a little work Aardwolf Brewery could change those tiles from "Distributors of Quality Tile" into "Distributors of Quality Ale".

Very true!

acme54321

October 29, 2012, 08:42:05 AM
220 Riverside is supposed to break ground in November.  It's in the Downtown TCEA so it wouldn't have had to pay a mobility fee anyway.

Cool, I was just messing about the mobility fee.

If you go on the Aardwolf facebook page they have some pics of the interior build out progress and some design renderings.  Looks like the main entrance is going to be on the back side of the building and the old tile showroom is in limbo right now as to what they are going to do with it.

mbwright

October 29, 2012, 09:15:49 AM
I have always loved the tile building.  I think the idea of changing the tile to read Ale , or Beer, would be great.  The building is so unique, and rare these days.  Does not seem like it would be very hard to update, and restore a bit.

Jason

October 29, 2012, 10:16:07 AM
Why the fence around the VA Center??

thelakelander

October 29, 2012, 10:21:10 AM
Good question.  They tore down some great historic African American structures for that gated parking lot.  I assume they are afraid of Springfield and what's left of Sugar Hill and Hansontown.

fsujax

October 29, 2012, 10:36:31 AM
Shands goal is to fence their entire properties. Just like FSCJ is doing Downtown.

Captain Zissou

October 29, 2012, 10:50:35 AM
Why the fence around the VA Center??

Hmmm, if i had to guess, i'd say it was to fend off the zombie apocalypse.  Just like NOAA buying thousands of rounds of ammunition, Shands Jax is concerned about undead creatures flooding our streets and storming our businesses!!! 

Ocklawaha

October 29, 2012, 04:06:42 PM

Why the fence around the VA Center??
Good question.  They tore down some great historic African American structures for that gated parking lot.  I assume they are afraid of Springfield and what's left of Sugar Hill and Hansontown.

Military installations are nearly ALL fenced, since the VA is full of broken military men and women it has to rank high on the retaliation list for terrorists. The post exchange will require a VA ID for tax free purchases. There will be a security detail at all entries and exits. As there are no hospital beds in the facility it will be closed on weekends and holidays, the safe thing to do is shut the gates on these dates. I don't think it has ANYTHING to do with the neighborhood or residents, just standard operating procedure.

thelakelander

October 29, 2012, 04:09:30 PM
Why no fences at the existing location?



Also, when the VA moves, what will happen with the existing building and parking garage?

Ocklawaha

October 29, 2012, 10:42:56 PM
This has been a bone of contention for some time, the building never belonged to the VA, it's actually a lease of Shand's Property. Probably for competitive reasons, the VA cafe was boarded up, and the Post Exchange non existent. The building is in very poor condition and will need major renovation for any reuse. The parking garage is in worse shape, there are giant steel band aids patched into the 2 halves anywhere the cracks have grown to pothole size, most of the support posts are cracked all the way through and they too are 'tied' to the concrete beams with a patchwork of big bolted steel. I would think a much better use could be found by doing a complete demolition of both structures and replacing them with something more inviting.

The new VA will have all of whistles and bells that the other major VA centers have, and it will be VA property. We have the fastest growing VA clinic in the nation and one of the largest populations of Veterans. So where does the VA put the hospitals? Gainesville and Lake City, I understand the Gainesville clinic is in a teaching and research hospital, but LAKE CITY? REALLY?

Jason

October 30, 2012, 09:39:55 AM
^ That has boggled me for quite some time.  Sounds like Lake City did some serious politickin to land it.

02roadking

October 30, 2012, 10:11:34 AM
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thelakelander

October 30, 2012, 10:32:57 AM
Sweet!
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