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A New Crane For Downtown

Progress on the development of 220 Riverside continues in the installation of a crane at the Brooklyn construction site.

Published February 7, 2013 in Development      9 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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220 Riverside's West Elevation

“Great cities need an iconic place for the community to come together,” said Alex Coley, president for Hallmark Partners, which is developing 220 Riverside along with apartment industry leader MAA and Bristol Development Group. “After planning for more than a decade, we are thrilled that 220 Riverside can and will be that place for Jacksonville, combining housing, shopping and eating establishments with a vibrant, dynamic gathering space for Jacksonville.”

The $39.5 million 220 Riverside project is a mixed-use development in the city’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood. The 220 Riverside project will feature a 294-unit, seven-story multifamily rental housing development and 18,000 square feet of retail space, all centered around a community park.

“Downtown Jacksonville is on the move. There is a buzz unlike we’ve felt in years and 220 Riverside is playing a major role in the rebirth of our city center,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “I’ve made it no secret that Downtown is a major priority, but government can’t do it alone. By working with the city, Hallmark Partners is reducing costs while growing an estimated $6.9 million for the city and schools over the next 20 years. Let this be a great example to show that private sector investment Downtown benefits us all.”

It is believed that the project will spur economic growth in Brooklyn and serve as a catalyst for future redevelopment.

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9 Comments

fsujax

February 07, 2013, 08:08:01 AM
beautiful! wish we had more.

Jason

February 07, 2013, 09:27:59 AM
I saw it yesterday and was almost giddy  :)

PeeJayEss

February 07, 2013, 10:02:22 AM
I wish we would just invest some money into building cranes throughout the city. Its a low-cost way to make it look like there is a building boom. Heck, we'd probably fool some developers.

I have no knowledge here, but is a tower crane really necessary for the size of this project? It just seems a bit outsized for a half-a-dozen story building. Of course, the fact that it is there answers my question, so you can consider it rhetorical I suppose.

Dog Walker

February 07, 2013, 10:16:17 AM
A crane like this is a quick and easy way to move materials around a building site without having to leave paths open for big trucks to move around.  I think it means that they intend to build fast.

From the length of that horizontal beam, it looks as if it can reach every corner of the site.

PeeJayEss

February 07, 2013, 10:18:30 AM
A crane like this is a quick and easy way to move materials around a building site without having to leave paths open for big trucks to move around.  I think it means that they intend to build fast.

From the length of that horizontal beam, it looks as if it can reach every corner of the site.

Well that was helpful. Thanks!

Ocklawaha

February 07, 2013, 10:20:02 AM
PeeJayEss, a similar trick was used in the late 1800's in Central Florida.  The Sanford and St. Petersburg Railway (narrow gauge) was bankrupt and it's owner running from a tar and feather gang, 'arranged' a meeting of northern investors at Oakland, Florida. Strapped for cash, the investors saw one of the busiest railroads in the nation. While they were at the hotel, orders had gone out to the train crews to switch cars around in the yard continuously. The result?  More money flowed to the little railroad, one that would become part of the Atlantic Coast Line.

So put up the cranes and let every investor from the north that passes through town want to 'get in on the action' LOL!

urbaknight

February 15, 2013, 04:54:40 PM
Wasn't there another project like this recently approved on the block to the northwest of 220? If so it needs to get off the ground asap. If the two projects can come up together, it might accelerate the speed of  development. Who knows, maybe the YMCA can sell their portion of land on Riverside Ave right away to a highrise developer!

Seraphs

February 15, 2013, 09:05:15 PM
Almost forgot what one looks like.

JeffreyS

February 15, 2013, 10:26:14 PM
It made me smile the first time I noticed it.
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