Urban Construction Update - June 2014

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Major construction projects have returned to the landscape of Jacksonville's urban core. Find out where (and more) as we take a brief look at the status of various developments under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of June.


1. Parador Parking Garage

Future retail build-out if the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.

Construction continues on the Parador parking garage project at the intersection of Bay and Hogan Streets. The six-story, $10 million structure will contain 607 parking spaces. Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy. The garage is expected to be completed by August 2014.

2. JAX Chamber International Plaza

The construction of the JAX Chamber's International Plaza appears to be moving forward again. When this project is completed, the plaza will feature flags from 20 countries whose businesses have a presence in Jacksonville. International Plaza is a part of the JAX Chamber's $2.1 million “Downtown’s New Front Door” redesign, which was initially announced in 2011. The redesign included the renovation of the Chamber's interior, exterior facade and the creation of a new sustainable parking area.

3. Southbank Riverwalk

Construction on the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk continues.

For more information: http://www.coj.net/departments/public-affairs/headlines/new-southbank-riverwalk-construction-to-begin.aspx

4. Jessie Ball duPont Center

Construction on the Jessie Ball duPont Center continues to move forward. The Jessie Ball duPont Center will be developed within the iconic Haydon Burns Library building that was completed in 1965 and designed by architect Taylor Hardwick. When complete in late 2014/early 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center will serve as the epicenter for Northeast Florida's philanthropic and nonprofit community. The 120,000 square foot building will act as a hub for local nonprofits, stimulating an environment of collaboration within the sector.

Plans call for the structure's precast concrete fins, glazed brick mural, and mosaic tiles will be repaired and restored as close as possible to their original condition as a part of the $20 million project. Additionally, the four-level facility will include retail, conference/meeting spaces, a green roof, and an outdoor patio/terrace area at the intersection of Ocean and Adams Streets.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-dec-jessie-ball-dupont-center-haydon-burns-renderings

5. Beaver Street Villas

LaVilla's long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street is being renovated by nearby Clara White Mission into street level offices and 16 upper level apartment units. It appears that this reconstruction project has come to a standstill over the last few months.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-jul-more-downtown-mixed-use-beaver-street-villas

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