Urban Construction Update - March 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 March.


1. Parador Parking Garage

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

The Parador parking garage project is now under construction 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

Construction is underway on the JAX Chamber's International Plaza. The public space 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

Phase one of the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk is underway. Phase one involves the demolition of the former Jacksonville Maritime Museum and Jacksonville History Center buildings.

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 is now underway. 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. The J&J Bar and Judge & Jury

The "J&J Bar" and the "Judge and Jury" restaurant will be coming soon to 410 Broad St., Suite 101. Foufam LLC, whose managers are James and Macie Foutch, will operate the businesses.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/2013/01/new-lavilla-restaurant-will-aim-for.html

6. 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.

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

7.801-825 West Forsyth Street

801-825 West Forsyth Street are in the process of being renovated for future uses. These buildings are two of three buildings between the Jacksonville Terminal and Jefferson Street that date back to the days of "Railroad Row" and the Ward Street red light district.

8. State Attorney's Office

Work is underway on the $26 million reconstruction of the old courthouse as a new home for the State Attorney's Office. Construction is estimated to be completed in Fall 2014.

9. New York Steam Laundry Building

Proposed Building Façade

Interior demolition on the redevelopment of the New York Steam Laundry Building is now underway. L.B. Jax Development, LLC. plans to convert the 11,000 square foot historic structure into restaurant and office space.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-feb-new-york-steam-laundry-development-project-renderings

10. Snyder Memorial Church

The City of Jacksonville is moving forward on a major structural repair of the historic Snyder Memorial Church building overlooking Hemming Plaza. The $319,000 project is expected to be completed by late summer.

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